A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road [NOOK Book]

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road

Join us at the table for this 34-course banquet of original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs sharing their life-changing food experiences.

The dubious joy of a Twinkie, the hunger-sauced rhapsody of fish heads, the grand celebration of an Indian wedding ...

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A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road

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Overview


Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road

Join us at the table for this 34-course banquet of original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs sharing their life-changing food experiences.

The dubious joy of a Twinkie, the hunger-sauced rhapsody of fish heads, the grand celebration of an Indian wedding feast; the things we eat and the people we eat with remain powerful signposts in our memories, long after the plates have been cleared. Tuck in, and bon appetit!

Authors: Frances Mayes, Curtis Stone, Josh Ozersky, Marcus Samuelsson, Madhur Jaffrey, Naomi Duguid, Jane and Michael Stern, Jay Rayner, Francine Prose, Ma Thanegi, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Rita Mae Brown, Monique Truong, Fuschia Dunlop, David Kamp, Mas Masumoto, Daniel Vaughn, Tom Carson, Andre Aciman, MJ Hyland, Alan Richman, Beth Kracklauer, Annabel Langbein, Sigrid Nunez, Chang Rae Lee, Julia Reed, Gael Greene, Neil Perry, Giles Coren

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
As Oseland, who is the editor-in-chief of Saveur, points out in his introduction to this richly appetizing and sometimes humorous collection of travel stories by food critics, chefs, and writers, “At their most intense, these tastes of the new reveal something about the place you’re in and about yourself.” Among the stories from the book’s 34 contributors are a tale of eating fish heads and rice on a boat from Jakarta bound for Singapore by PW reviews director Louisa Ermelino; Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughan’s account of his search for the perfect ’cue in Georgia; and the London Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner’s description of an encounter with oysters in Colchester, where “eating them is like being slapped around the face with spray off the bow of a wave-crashing yawl.” Other notable entries include novelist Andre Aciman’s story about his “last supper in Tuscany,” food writer Josh Ozersky’s “melancholic’s guide to eating in Paris,” and Wall Street Journal food editor Beth Kracklauer’s paean to chicken livers. Marcus Samuelsson, a contributor and owner of Red Rooster in Harlem, sums up the tone of the collection best: “It’s my curiosity about different cultures that keeps me tasting and seeking, and I don’t even want to lose my constant search for the next bite that I have to have.” (Dec.)
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The Guardian, December 16, 2013

“In a time when most food writing is about dieting or recipes, it’s a real pleasure to revisit the old art of food travel writing.”

Refinery29, December 16, 2013

“For the world traveler who thinks they've eaten everything, this is THE present of the year. Told through the personal stories of chefs, foodies, and travel writers, A Fork In The Road offers tales of legendary meals and truly unique food experiences across the globe. Dig in.”

The New York Times Book Review, December 6, 2013

“Critics, chefs and just plain bons vivants contribute to this anthology of food-themed travel yarns, which spans the globe from Addis Ababa to the Amazon.”

Kirkus Reviews, December 2013

“A savory collection of personal narratives about the ‘fabulous and even miraculous’ ways that food revives ‘the great, exciting promise of life’. . . . Funny, insightful and revealing, Oseland’s anthology is not just a delightful adventure in world cuisine, but also a thoughtful exploration of the emotions that so often accompany cooking, dining and eating. . . . Delicious reading for the discerning foodie.”

360 West Magazine, December 2013

“A bite of cassoulet can transport you to the French countryside, just as a taste of perfect mole launches you to a cobblestone street in Oaxaca. Enormously sentimental—and often funny—food memories fill each page of a A Fork in the Road, Lonely Planet’s new 304-page book of essays. Michael Pollan, Frances Mayes and Dallas’ own Daniel Vaughn (aka The Barbecue Snob) are among food writers, chefs and novelists who demonstrate with eloquence how eating shaped their travel experiences.”

Longitude, December 2013

“You don't have to read Proust to know how a single, well-composed bite can transport the diner to distant lands. This anthology gathers the great food and travel writers — from Michael Pollan to Frances Mayes — around one table.”

DailyCandy, November 27, 2013

”No matter the source of the story, the writing throughout the book is consistently tight enough to intrigue and descriptive enough to evoke emotion. . . . It’s so good. You’ll gobble it up.”

Los Angeles Magazine, November 26, 2013

“James Oseland has edited the book all food lovers wish they could compile. Some of the best food writers in the country recount tales of travel and tastes of far-away places in Lonely Planet: A Fork in the Road.”

Martha Stewart Living Online, November 2013

“Inspire the hunger and the wanderlust of your favorite food fiend with this 34-course banquet of stories from writers and chefs about their most life-changing culinary experiences and favorite food memories from their travels.”

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-07
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Saveur editor in chief Oseland (Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, 2006, etc.) invites readers to feast on writing by distinguished restaurant critics, writers, cookbook authors and chefs that celebrate the "tastes and sensations…[that] alter our view of the world." The book's opening essay recounts British restaurant critic Giles Coren's first, and last, encounter with Hostess Twinkies. To Coren's boyhood self, these sugary confections symbolized both the golden promise of America and, by extension, the "endlessly thrilling" meals Americans always ate. Food, however, does not evoke place alone. As novelist Francine Prose shows in her essay about a Christmas holiday spent in France, it can also be tied to memories of finding gustatory, if slightly guilty, pleasures in unexpected situations. For others--like poet and memoirist Frances Mayes, who talks about her life-changing decision to study cooking in Provence, and chef Marcus Samuelsson, who describes his risky but scrumptious encounter with fugu--food has been salvation. Exciting and exotic as it can be, the best food is sometimes the simplest. Food critic Alan Richman discovered this truth on a trip to post–Arab Spring Egypt, where his happiest culinary experience was with the "unsophisticated [and] unruly" dishes eaten by ordinary people. But for chef Martin Yan, who affectionately recalls his impoverished mother's modest yet magical kitchen in rural China, the most mouthwatering dishes are often born at home. Funny, insightful and revealing, Oseland's anthology is not just a delightful adventure in world cuisine, but also a thoughtful exploration of the emotions that so often accompany cooking, dining and eating. Other contributors include David Mas Masumoto, Sigrid Nunez, Michael Pollan and Rita Mae Brown. Delicious reading for the discerning foodie.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743601105
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Lonely Planet Travel Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 302,323
  • File size: 4 MB

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