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Lonely Planet A Moveable Feast 1st Ed.: Life-Changing Food Encounters Around the World Paperback – Oct 5 2010
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One such book is, A Moveable Feast, subtitled “Life Changing Food Adventures Around the World.” A Moveable Feast was published in 2010. It’s an offshoot of the Lonely Planet Guides. The book features works by a wide variety of writers. Some, such as Anthony Bourdain, are internationally reknowned. Others, such as Emily Matchar, don’t have the same public profiles.
All of the writers share a love of travel and food. In this compilation the emphasis is on the ways food has brought people together. In some cases though, it’s on how food has driven them apart. Matchar’s story fall into the driven apart camp. Her story recalls travels with a boyfriend. Travels where difrering attitudes to food foreshadowed other differences.
One theme that recurs through out the book is the kindness of strangers. Kindness demonstrated to the travelers in the meals they are offered. It’s these stories more than any others thatshifts the focus from the food being offered to the people who are offering it. Sometimes the food gifts are quite simple, such as the glass of orange juice offered to Johanna Gohmann. Others, such as the Nepaese feast given for Jeff Greenwald, are quite extravagant meals. Other times the food offered is very close to being a literal life saver.Read more ›
It arrived promptly well within the date line.
I'm reading it now and thoroughly enjoying it.
Engaging stories by travellers focusing on their experiences with food.
I'm relating to them like mad, and wishing I were there.
When people I know return from their vacations and travels, I always ask them
"What was your best meal?"
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I hesitated to buy this book because there are so many 3 and 4 Star reviews on Amazon. Actually, when I bought it, there were six 5 Star reviews and six of the other two. I'm delighted I overcame my hesitation.
This book is a collection of short essays by chefs, travel writers, and writers. Each essay tells a story of how the author was deeply touched and or learned something from a single food or food experience they met along their journey.
Some of the essays are written by well-known chefs from television, most were by people I was only vaguely aware of, not reading the magazines they write for. All were excellently written.
Two of my favorite (and it's really hard to pick a single favorite) take place in Italy. One is about a glass of fresh orange juice in Venice, the other a wedding feast in Sardinia. How could one read, and not laugh out loud, off the gentleman who fixed freeze dried scrambled eggs for his host, and no one could eat them. Another favorite takes place in a small village in Thailand.
Not only did I enjoy this book, it inspired me to dip my toe back in the Essay pool. I had forgotten how enjoyable short essays are. (I love the longer essays of John McPhee, especially his essay "Oranges.") For the arm-chair traveller, for the kitchen-challenged cook, get and read A Moveable Feast. It's a fun and delightful book.
Thank you, Don George, for putting this together.
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