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Food Lovers Guide to the World

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Lonely Planet, the #1 travel publisher in the world, has just released a brand new title Food Lover's Guide to the World, a celebration of great food experiences across the globe. Combining the joy of travel with a passion for great food, Food Lover's Guide to the World presents a truly unique way to view the world.

The hardcover book was written by a team of top food writers, and features insights from well-known food lovers, including an introduction by Mark Bittman, food columnist for the New York Times and author of the best-selling book How to Cook Everything, and a foreword by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine.

Food Lover's Guide to the World includes a collection of authentic recipes, special features on food and drinks, the world's top food markets and restaurants, the best places to find local dishes, cultural tips and how-to-etiquette, as well as a myriad of stunning photography.

This was book required several editors and many writers, each knowledgeable about their own corner of the world. In keeping with Lonely Planet standards, it is extremely well-researched and the photography is eye-popping.

As always, Lonely Planet writers dig deeper than other guides, and in this book you will discover local food myth-busters pitting controversies such as American pizza vs. Neapolitan pizza and American Pad Thai vs. Thai Phat Thai.

There's the age-old cultural stumbling block of food etiquette too. Some of our typical food habits might be a big no-no in a local culture. Be sure to read these so you don't insult anyone, or embarrass yourself, before heading out on a trip. For instance, don't expect salt and pepper on the table in Portugal as it's considered offensive to the chef to add seasoning! Or, in China, and throughout almost all of Asia, do not stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice; this is how rice is offered to the dead in Buddhist rituals.

The best way to learn about different cultures and meet people in new countries is through the food, and the locals always know best. Just a few suggestions in the book include: Friday night fish fries in the Caribbean, or going to a pub for a pint of real ale in the British Isles

Every country, region, or city has a special meal or drink that can't be missed on your culinary adventure, such as flatbreads in the Middle East, Pisco in Peru, or Jambalaya in New Orleans.

Is your mouth-watering yet? This is one book you must see, and when you do you'll find it as irresistible as the dishes in it. It will make you immediately want to do one of two things: get into the kitchen to try some of the recipes OR book a ticket to go and see for yourself.

Or both!

- reviewed by Sally Hammond
Food Lover's Guide to the World, published by Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com.au) 2012, edited by Alison Bing, hardcover, well-illlustrated, ISBN 978 174321 0208, rrp AUD$49.99.
 

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