The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that 1,000 Places to See Before You Die reinvented the travel book, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world's best food.Read more...
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The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that 1,000 Places to See Before You Die reinvented the travel book, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world's best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it's the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton--award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times.
1,000 Foods fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)--the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it's dinner at Chicago's Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird's Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le Perigord.
Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions--you can almost taste what she's tasted. You'll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.
Lifestyles: The seeds of adventure
What could be better than your own garden patch of plump, ripe, juicy tomatoes? In Epic Tomatoes, expert Craig LeHoullier digs in and shows you how to make this dream a reality. Did you know there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes? On a beautifully photographed spread, LeHoullier details more than 200 of his favorites, from the Yellow Brandywine to the jolly-looking Green Giant. This book has indispensable information on planning, planting, pruning and troubleshooting any problems that may arise. And after you celebrate your hard-earned harvest, LeHoullier makes it easy to save seeds and ensure that the next growing season runs smoothly. The mouth-wateringly beautiful pictures, complemented by Mary Kate McDevitt’s cheerful hand-lettering, spur readers to take steps to make these delightful summer fantasies a reality.
TRACING YOUR ROOTS
There’s a dramatic boom in our culture for genealogical and geographical family research these days, with many services available for tracking down your family’s history and place of origin. National Geographic has gathered a fabulous company of distinguished authors and journalists to present their personal genealogical quests in Journeys Home. Remember Andrew McCarthy from the flicks St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink? Since then, he’s become a distinguished travel writer. He details his own Irish odyssey here—the featured essay in this inspiring book. Twenty-five other writers’ adventures span the entire globe, sometimes even within a single essay (from Angola to Virginia in one case, the Philippines to California in another). Included are well-known novelists Pico Iyer and Diane Johnson, a host of veteran writers for the magazine and National Geographic’s signature trove of spectacular photos. Looking to begin your own quest? Head to the section on “Geneology 101” for a step-by-step guide, plus plenty of expert travel tips for popular destinations.
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Plan a much different journey with 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List . This massive yet compact tome is organized by regional cuisines, beginning with British afternoon tea and trekking across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, Australia and even further afield. Our tour guide is award-winning cookbook author Mimi Sheraton, who not only knows what to eat, but how, when and why along with the best places to find it all. For example, if you fancy a go at a treacle tart—Harry Potter’s dessert of choice—you’ll find a description, local variations, recommended presentation, recipes for a DIY approach and the best London restaurant in which to order it. In addition to specific dishes, Sheraton adds broader categories such as Middle Eastern meze and Italian pasta, along with a section on must-visit foodie hot spots like Billingsgate Market and the food stalls of Marrakesh. Two specifics I purposely looked for as indicators of thoroughness were indeed included: iron-skillet Southern cornbread and the two main ethnic variations of Passover charoset (Ashkenazic and Sephardic). This is an informative and impressive guide for any adventurous foodie.