A culinary journey around the world in 288 pages.
With a keen sense of direction, food writer and blogger Freeman (restaurantgirl.com) guides readers on a comprehensive, contemporary, global culinary excursion. But this isn't merely an overview of 14 types of global cuisine, among them Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern. It's a challenge to investigate the world in the things around you, beginning with food. Freeman encourages readers to take chances by being upfront: “Most people won’t admit it, but half the time we don’t know what we’re eating, what we ordered, or what we might be missing because we’re too embarrassed to ask our servers or look it up.” She entices not only readers’ palate but brain as well with “tasty morsels” of information—e.g., “In Egypt. McDonald’s features the 'McFalafel,' a falafel patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and 'secret sauce' on a hamburger bun. The secret sauce is actually just tahini.” Deftly blending anecdote with fact, she includes sections on table manners and how they vary culturally. She also discusses how to get the most out of the experience by making reservations, wearing proper attire and treating people with respect. In addition, Freeman explains some simple misconceptions—e.g., “Curry actually means nothing more than ‘cooked in liquid.’ ”
An innovative guide that tickles the taste buds and proves that you don't have to travel abroad to experience international gastronomy.