Recent activities—National Geographic Food Journeys of a Lifetime
A Christmas 2009 bestseller for the National Geographic Society, Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe is one of the most
enjoyable scribbling assignments to have kept me almost gainfully employed. Wok-like, it stir-fries three of my greatest passions: food, travel and writing. Or five, if you
include fine Bordeaux wine and winter-busting Russian vodka, both probably not best served from a Chinese saucepan.
I was the main contributor to the book's Top Ten listings- -which some critics called the best part of this essential coffee-table adornment-and also
covered Moscow (Russia), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Budapest (Hungary), as well as helping to compile the outline for the book. Two of my lovely editors at Toucan Books
Limited, which produced the book in London, were generous enough to write testimonials about my contribution.
Few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world's great culinary traditions and landmarks-and here, in the latest title of our
popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you'll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor. On the
menu is the best of the best from all over the globe: Tokyo's freshest sushi; the spiciest Creole favorites in New Orleans; the finest vintages of the great French wineries;
the juiciest cuts of beef in Argentina; and much, much more.
You'll sample the sophisticated dishes of fabled chefs and five-star restaurants, of course, but you'll also discover the simpler pleasures of the
side-street cafés that cater to local people and the classic specialties that give each region a distinctive flavor.
Every cuisine tells a unique story about its countryside, climate, and culture, and in these pages you'll meet the men and women who transform nature's
bounty into a thousand gustatory delights. Hundreds of appetizing full-color illustrations evoke an extraordinary range of tastes and cooking techniques; a wide selection of
recipes invites you to create; sidebars give a wealth of information, while lively top ten lists cover topics from chocolate factories to champagne bars. And detailed
practical travel information provides all the ingredients you'll need to cook up a truly delicious experience for even the most demanding of traveling gourmets.
My contribution to Food Journeys of a Lifetime
As well as helping to prepare the outline for the book, I wrote the following articles, all very little edited, for National Geographic Food Journeys of
a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe. National Geographic was also kind enough to pick one of my articles (Top Ten Great National Dishes) as the sole
excerpt on Amazon and all but one of the six excerpts-on away.com. These are: