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The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    What an excellent book!

    I have watched Mr Zimern's program many times. Almost didn't buy the book because I assumed it would be simply a chronicle of "bizarre food" consumption with a lot of hahaha-ing. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is a detailed account of various parts of the globe that came to life for me. I have been to some of these places and Mr Zimern's descriptions are true to life. His writing is excellent.

    I am an avid reader of travel and food writing. This book combined two of my passions beautifully. I was so sorry when I finished the book. I had no idea that Mr Zimern was a philosopher and put so much thought into what he does. I had always thought, based on the TV show, that the whole concept behind what he does was based on shock value-his true sentiments never came through for me-that is not to take away from my enjoyment of the show because I do enjoy it. Now I will enjoy it more because of what I have learned about Mr Zimern's motivation but I will never enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed his book.

    I am in 100% agreement with his philosophy of travel. We are all human beings and can relate as such, and sharing a meal is the perfect opportunity. Also a great way to experience great and unusual food!

    Since I read this book on my Nook, the illustrations didn't really come through well (I could barely make them out) so I had to give them one star only. That is an ebook problem, NOT a problem inherent in the book.

    I found reading this book to be a wonderful unexpected joy. I recommend it to everyone who has the slightest interest in travel, people, or food.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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