When he heard there was nothing to eat, he sat down and wept… “Why did I ever wake up!” he cried. -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell. - Libba Bray, Rebel Angels
Lithuania 16 February (Lithuanian State Re-establishment Day, declaration of independence from Russia and Germany 1918)
Lithuanian trivia: Six hundred years ago Lithuania was one of the largest countries in Europe.
Kosovo trivia: It is Europe's newest country.
Gambia 18 February (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1965)
Trivia for Gambia: The land area of The Gambia into the UK 206 times!
Nepal 18 February (Martyr's Day)
Trivia for Nepal: The word Himalaya means 'the home or abode of snow'.
Brunei 23 February (Independence Day)
Did you know this about Brunei? Brunei consists of two unconnected parts.
Guyana 23 February (Republic Day, also known as Mashramani, republic 1970).
Guyanan trivia: Guyana is the only country in South America where English is the official language.
Estonia 24 February (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Russia 1918)
Trivia: The Estonian language is not related to its neighbours. It is Finno-Ugric and related to Finnish and Hungarian.
Kuwait 25 February (National Day) (26 February is Liberation Day, from Iraq 1991)
Trivia: The national bird of Kuwait is the falcon.
Dominican Republic 27 February (independence from Haiti 1844),
Trivia: The world's largest pot of Sancocho (a meaty local stew) was prepared at the 7th Dominican Fair at La Sirena February 12, 2007. It fed three thousand people.
Trivia: Andalusia has the only rainforest on all of the Mediterranean coastline.
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Just in time for the holiday season.
Three cities full of secrets.
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The world's BIGGEST bread cookbook.
A true story of survival of a family and the cuisine of their homeland.
If you love a bit of mystery and wackiness with your travel, this book is for you.
There is much more to Rio de Janeiro than meets the eye.
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If you always thought cooking Indian was too difficult....
... think again and see how easy it can be.
Find out what Edinburgh has been hiding.
Need somewhere to rest during a busy day in London?
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Favourite cookery book writer Anneke Manning, opens her BakeClub files.
What's for dinner? Now you kn ow with the help of this expert.
Is there such a thing as a quiet spot in Los Angeles?
If you love food and travel equally, this new novel might satisfy your hunger.
If you think you know Australia well, you need to see this book and realise there is still more.
Sydney has many precincts and now you may explore them.
Have you been to Berlin? This book will make you want to visit.
Something for every day of the year from famous writers and speakers through the ages.
Now you can cook all your favourite foods from Japan's capital.
Here's a book with double value.
India has some of the best vegatarian dishes in the world.
Chef-farmer Matthew Evans helps us through hot weather cooking.
Could this be the el Bulli of Australia?
Spend some time with Australia's 'Queen of Nyona'.
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Hate waste? Want to feed your family healthily?
Frustrated by a fridge full of leftovers? Don't know what to do with them?
It's not often a Michelin-starred chef shares his favourite home-style recipes.
Attention! All those who thought they would never cook Japanese food at home!
How to eat like an Italian!
Lovers of Middle Eastern food will devour this book - and its wonderful recipes.
Too old to colour-in? Not with this delightful book.
Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton would like to assist you in your kitchen...
Outback food from a Masterchef contestant.
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Lovers of food and beer, need to see this latest book from Ross Dobson.
Perfect for summer. Hartsyard shares its secrets.
Aimed at the food industry, but also valuable for home cooks, this tongue-in-cheek book might make you think.
One of the delights of travel is eating on the street.
One family of foods can help you eat your way to health!
Heart-shaped Tasmania is all about good food.
How big is your garden? Even a tiny courtyard is big enough to add to your menu.
The best of the best. Iconic cookery teacher Gretta Anna's recipes with her son Martin Teplitzky.
Food is art - and here, a master chef marries Italian cuisine and painting.
For those who love the world and its beauty and want a REAL life.....
Fancy some fishing - with a chef and TV celebrity and two other seafood experts?
Heading for Hong Kong? Take this book (and an appetite) with you!
Explore 19 areas and discover Tokyo's best food and shopping.
Everyone's favourite grandmother and cook, as known by her grand-daughter, Kate Gibbs....
Now you can create your own home patisserie.
Does Australia have the world's best beaches?
Join five women for a weekly meal in Umbria, Italy - simple, but so much more.
You probably know of Rick Stein from his TV and cookbook fame, as well as his restaurants...
Put the Taste of Australia into your meals with Lyndey Milan's latest book.
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Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, is full of surprises!
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AUSTRALIAN FOOD EVENTS 2017
Crab Fest, Mandurah, WA, March 18-19
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, March 31-April 9
Yarra Valley Wine & Food Festival, Victoria, April 1-2, 2017
Noosa Food & Wine Festival, Qld, May 18-21.
Fine Food Australia 2017, Sydney, 11-14 September
Something quick and tasty, a chicken bake hearty enough for everyone.
Anyone want a slice of Granny's currant pie?
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