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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742202292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742202297
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What’s more important in meals, food or company? That question is one of the one’s that Dining with Donald is intensely interested in. It’s the contention of this blog that the latter should be more important. I’ve found that most food writing tends to emphasize the former. So, I’m always happy when I find a book where the main focus is on the eating together aspect.

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.
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The book arrived in much better condition than I expected.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c355fd4) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba4ed38) out of 5 stars Orange juice and molecular gastronomy Jan. 30 2011
By J. Varney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An interesting selection of short stories which range from unexpected tea with indian guru's to the wonders of molecular gastronomy. Many of the writers are well known from TV cookery shows and newspaper columns and the style of writing varies hugely from casual conversations to more in depth gastronomic discourse. However it is the simplest stories closest to home which often are the most moving and engaging, and the one about a glass of fresh orange juice in Italy has a moral for us all...
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HASH(0x9b146750) out of 5 stars Feasting Around the World March 1 2013
By Lenora G. - Published on Amazon.com
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A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World -Don George, editor

Travel/Food Literature
297 pages / 313 KB
Footnotes/Endnotes: No
Illustrations: No
Suitable for eReaders: Yes
5 Stars

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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aecd570) out of 5 stars Perfect gift for my foodie husband! July 6 2011
By Game Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the first food book I've ever been able to surprise my husband with (he's usually in line for the latest as soon as it comes out) - and it was a home run! He loved the essay format, which let him bounce around from one food writer to another without needing to go in any order - and the mix of authors, from the very famous like Bourdain to lesser-known food writers offered a nice varied diet for the reader. A great gift for anyone who loves to eat and travel!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b140834) out of 5 stars more interesting than I thought Aug. 15 2012
By jmc - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read this book a little at a time and that seems what it is meant for. Each chapter is, in itself, fascinating. The book as a whole is, indeed, a feast!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3f95e4) out of 5 stars An exceptional literary presentation that will delight a wide audience! Feb. 20 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A MOVEABLE FEAST; LIFE-CHANGING FOOD ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD packs in a blend of world culinary assessment and travelogue perfect for any culinary or travel library. Its authors provide food experiences from their world travels and range from Anthony Bourdain to Jan Morris. Jaw-dropping moments, pilgrimages, fun and horrifying tales, and more make this an exceptional literary presentation that will delight a wide audience!