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The Food Traveler's Handbook by [Ettenberg, Jodi]
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The Food Traveler's Handbook provides a compelling argument for using food as a primary focus in discovering the world. Using this handbook as a guide, you will learn how to eat safely in developing countries, source cheap but delicious streetside meals and discover how to make food a tool for understanding a new place and connecting to its local culture.

The Food Traveler's Handbook is part of The Traveler's Handbook series and offers:
  • How to discover the world through food.
  • Delicious stories to learn from.
  • How to use food-specific themes to plan long and short-term trips.
  • Ways to source cheap, safe meals in developing countries.
  • Tips and tricks from chefs, food writers and long-term travelers.
  • Ethical considerations when eating in far-flung destinations.
  • Guidelines tailored to travelers with special dietary needs such as food allergies (celiac disease, nut allergies, etc) or vegetarians.
  • Packing, planning and learning resources for the food traveler.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11606 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Full Flight Press; 1 edition (Sept. 14 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987706179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987706171
  • ASIN: B009WVI0T6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Forget temples, palaces, ancient ruins and resorts; the discovery of exotic, flavourful food forms our most abiding travel memories. Through food, travellers experience the culture, language and history of a foreign country. Unfortunately, poor food choices easily ruin a short vacation and gastric upset often mars overseas adventures.

With this in mind, Montreal-born former lawyer Jodi Ettenberg penned "The Food Traveler's Handbook: How to find cheap, safe and delicious food anywhere in the world." Based on her blog, Legal Nomads, which chronicles her food and travel adventures, Ettenberg discusses how to use food to bridge cultural gaps. For example, she advises buying a bag of fruit to dole out to local children as a way to spark conversation. She also offers tips on avoiding food-borne illnesses and on how to find good eats off the tourist-trap path.

Neither travel guide nor cookbook, "The Food Traveler's Handbook" celebrates the food and drinks not readily available in North America. Written in a breezy, conversational style and featuring photos of colourful, mouth-watering dishes, the book appeals to both novice and veteran travellers. Ettenberg proves that travel comes with complications but navigating mazes of restaurants, strange menus and street eats need not add to the stress of vacationing.
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This book is essential for anyone who like me, loves food and travel, but also has some fear when combining the two. I have been afraid of visiting certain areas of the world because I have been unsure what my next meal would be. The Food Traveler's Handbook gives me confidence that with the right preparation and precautions, there's no reason why I can't go almost anywhere. With her descriptive snapshots of some of her destinations and meals, Jodi has made me realize how much I'm missing out on because of my fear. She manages to sum up her experiences so that our learning curve will be less painful and more enjoyable when it comes to eating around the world. It has inspired me to jump on a plane and pick out a new travel destination. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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Great little Reference and good tips from a Pro. Very compact and an easy read. I would recommend to those thinking of travelling the world. The author certainly has and IS!
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Jodi's passion for food (and her stunning food photos) have made me hungry on several occasions. In this handbook Jodi breaks down things like food safety, but still shows her passion for cheap eats and street food. Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2b1a93c) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b285c4) out of 5 stars Hide Your Passport and Diet Before Reading Oct. 3 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love good food and a great adventure and Jodi has taken those two loves and put together an amazing book that fills both with desire.

Part Bourdain and part Hemingway, she has written a useful guidebook for anyone who wants to travel the world and eat smartly along the way. It is full of advice, lessons learned and suggestions on how to make the most out of your next food adventure anywhere in the world.

The words alone are beautiful, but her photography takes the book to a whole new level. Her eye to capture the moment, colors and surroundings allow you to feel as if you are right there with her along for the journey.

I was sad when this book ended because I could have kept reading more and more. But, I was also filled with excitement to try new food the next time I jumped on a plane!

A must read for anyone who loves food and travel.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b28618) out of 5 stars The essential companion to every travelling food lover Oct. 3 2012
By RG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jodi Ettenberg's Food Traveler Handbook is an essential companion to every travelling food lover. She delves into the history of food in certain places, the where and how to find it, and most importantly, why you should be adventurous with food when travelling. She emphasizes the relationship food has with culture (sometimes in unexpected ways), and how learning about a country can be so much more in-depth (and more fun) when consuming massive amounts of its yummy treats. Not only that, but she provides valuable tips on being safe, and food habits and customs from around the world. I know I worry about safety when I travel, and would love to try more food but I haven't because I was worried about being sick. Jodi's book gives me a framework to work with and tips to try to appease my worried mind when I travel and eat."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b28a50) out of 5 stars Food tips for the novice or veteran traveler Jan. 22 2013
By Flinkflonk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If, as Napoleon wrote, an army marches on its stomach, then a traveler must too travel on her stomach. Indeed, while many of us bring back photos and fond memories of temples, palaces, resorts and the like, it's the discovery of new, exotic and flavourful foods, shared with friends and family that form our most abiding memories. Moreover, many a short trip was ruined by unfortunate food choices; many a long trip around the world has been marred by gastric upset. Food is the great equalizer and too, is the portal through which travelers experience the culture, language and history of a foreign country.

It's with this in mind that I picked up Jodi Ettenberg's new book, "The Food Traveler's Handbook: How to find cheap, safe and delicious food anywhere in the world." Montreal-born and former lawyer who started Legal Nomads, which chronicles her food and travel adventures, Ettenberg shares tips drawn from her years of travel on how to use food to bridge the gap in cultures and bring life to what might otherwise be mundane travel experience.

She writes about her unexpected love affair with food and offers tips on avoiding food-borne illnesses and how to find good eats off the tourist-trap path. For example, she advises readers to slip a cab driver a cough lozenge to break the linguistic and cultural ice and buying a bag of fruit to give to children as a way to start a conversation, including about food.

While it offers useful lists of web links on street food and advisories about food safety, the book is not a travel guide nor is it a cookbook. Written in a breezy, conversational style, The Food Traveler's Handbook instead celebrates an often overlooked facet of travel: the foods and drinks not readily available at home and not prepared in ways that we're used to. Photos of colourful, mouth-watering dishes jump out at the reader and bring a sense of the exotic offerings available with some creative effort by the novice or veteran traveler. The book is available in e-reader format and the paperback pops easily into a backpack.

It may have saved me from a week's worth of recovery from a bout of bacillary dysentery in India in 1997; however, I may have had to learn the hard way. Travel to exotic locals can be difficult, but navigating the often confusing maze of restaurants, strange menus and street eats need not be - if you buy this book.

Robert Freeman (Toronto, Canada)
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b28e10) out of 5 stars How to be like Anthony Bourdain (without the camera crew) Oct. 2 2012
By Andrew Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of travel guides, but this is the first one that addressed what I happen to love the most about travel -- the food. I can't think of anything from Lonely Planet to Frommers to Rough Guides that even scratches the surface of this important travel topic, and after reading this book, it really seems like there should be more written about this! I mean what is the first thing you do when you go somewhere new? You try the local dish.

The Food Traveler's Handbook isn't geared to a specific destination, it's more general advice that you can use to plan your trip anywhere and it covers a lot of things you might not have considered -- like how do you eat street food, like those delicious little meat-on-a-stick dealies you can find all around the world -- but not get sick? Or how do you bring home a food souvenir (one that well get past TSA)?

Other topics:

Planning your trip (What kind of food adventure do you want?)
What to pack (portable chopsticks! Genius and clean!)
Dealing with extreme spice!
Eating cheap (it's often better)
Quirky Food Etiquette and Customs
Looking like a local
Resources

I think my favorite part is Jodi Ettenberg's descriptions of food & travel. There's one story from Laos, where she runs into another traveler (a chef) and they end up ordering dinner from this tiny standing-only restaurant in a back alley but end up getting some amazing Laos food, things the tourists don't normally eat. As they are digging in to their meal, the locals notice and they're so impressed they strike up a conversation about the food. It's the kind of travel moment you always want to happen, finding that perfect meal -- and even better if it leads to a spontaneous interaction. The book is peppered with these kinds of stories and that takes it, for me, from being just a guidebook to being a really fascinating read as well.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b28ef4) out of 5 stars Great Guide On Exploring Culture & Food Nov. 17 2012
By Keith Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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The Food Traveler's Handbook is a guide for people traveling to far-flung corners of the globe and understand that there are real people, living real lives in these other countries. There is more to be had than tourist hubs, hotels, and pre-packaged corporate restaurants. The old adage about dive bars is approriate:

"In a true dive bar, you're worried about getting stabbed. In a "dive-themed" bar, you likely want to stab everyone else."

The Handbook is largely about 3 things:

-Good food
-Cheap food
-Getting the two above safely

The book is born from the desires of former corporate lawyer, Jodi Ettenberg, to explore the world through the canvas of food. Jodi left the world of Big Law in order to pursue her hunger for world travel; chronicling her experiences at Legal Nomads for the past 4 years.

As noted above, Handbook is mostly about good, cheap food. Jodi points out what most food lover's already know: very often the best food is not found in nice restaurants. Personally, I've always referred to this as "shack theory." If you're in an out-of-the-way area and come upon a ramshackle looking place serving food-but the parking lot is full-you should probably stop and eat there. People aren't there for the location. Or the decor. Or that it's somewhere cool to be. They're there for the food.

Jodi lays out how to explore new countries and cultures in pursuit of flavorful, local cuisine. Handbook lays out why cheap is often better, and gives good information on how to find and bond with local food lovers. Jodi has been solo for most of her traveling so also brings to bear lots of nuances and tips that only an experienced traveler would have when it comes to safely going off the beaten path in search of food.

But what sets Handbook apart-what makes it compelling-is the telling of the tale. Anyone can give such simple advice: Eat good, cheap food. People understand that, it's straightforward. Big deal. Who needs an entire book about it?

But very rarely does simple, straightforward advice compel people to action. It doesn't win hearts and minds. People gloss over it, are indifferent They've heard it all before. To catch people's attention you need a hook-a tale to tell-and Jodi has them in spades. Throughout Handbook, Jodie interweaves her own experiences in China, Malaysia, Russia (and more) into the book, creating a compelling narrative of exploration that makes the reader want to embark on their own culinary adventures. Handbook makes the reader want to do something. This is the highest form of persuasive writing.

It's a good thing that Jodi left corporate law because such a talent would be a waste there - but not here. Telling a story that motivates people to action is difficult thing and it's a pleasure to see it in action when you come across it.

If you want to learn how to explore a foreign food culture, I can't imagine a better choice.

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