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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura)

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This compendium is a must-have for those who like their pickles brined in Kool-Aid or crave the chewy texture of Inuit blubber cubes. A modern-day oyster vending machine in France shares a page with cocaine-laced wine of the late 19th century, as do a cow’s head barbecue in Texas and a potato doughnut from Utah. It is no juvenile book, and for people who don't usually approach factual books as novels to be read in one hit, it makes itself very available for perusal at your leisure. To me, the true authors are the people who wrote the original articles that make the bulk of the wonder within. The section dedicated to the US is huge, and if I ever find myself on the east coast in late September, you better believe I’ll be making the detour to West Virginia’s annual roadkill cook-off.

I read it cover to cover, but you could also just dip in here and there, or visit, however you like to read. Falls man ein Gericht ausprobieren möchte, hat die Autorin die Absätze mit kleinen hilfreichen Randnotizen versehen. An ambitious, exciting, and zany anthology of heritage foodways, Gastro Obscura tells the stories no one else is telling. This fun book brims with fascinating foodie facts and travel trivia — an enticing read for anyone who is curious about the world. My main issue here is that I don't think the title of authors for Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras is genuinely justified.There’s an element of focus that the food theme provides that gives Gastro Obscura a little more purpose than the original book (which has admittedly sat on our bookshelf, mostly unread, since being gifted to my partner a couple of years ago).

Als nächstes habe ich mir Panama vorgenommen, denn dies ist mein nächstes Reiseziel und ich bin jetzt noch neugieriger. Packed with all sorts of information, it takes us on a journey around the world, highlighting some of the most fascinating culinary adventures possible. From dipping into while she was staying with us, she reported two days later that she had read the whole thing from beginning to end. I did mention the book was beautiful for the most part, which brings me to some of its publishing issues. Perhaps because it is Great Britain and Ireland and I am familiar with these countries and their food that the book lacks interest?

For the longest of time, before traveling to any new destination, I always made it a point to check out Atlas Obscura online. Where that first title could be a little hit and miss, everything here brings you back to those inescapably fascinating questions we all have about food – why do we eat what we eat? I can’t promise you won’t be curious for more insight, but at least you might be inspired to go digging for further information on some interesting food or food culture that you’ve never heard about before. Talk about how Russians once preserved their milk with frogs, the Inuit tradition of fermenting birds in seal skin, or the Worm Courtship Festival of Indonesia.

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