A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World –Don George, editor
297 pages / 313 KB
Suitable for eReaders: Yes
I hesitated to buy this book because there are so many 3 and 4 Star reviews on Amazon. Actually, when I bought it, there were six 5 Star reviews and six of the other two. I'm delighted I overcame my hesitation.
This book is a collection of short essays by chefs, travel writers, and writers. Each essay tells a story of how the author was deeply touched and or learned something from a single food or food experience they met along their journey.
Some of the essays are written by well-known chefs from television, most were by people I was only vaguely aware of, not reading the magazines they write for. All were excellently written.
Two of my favorite (and it's really hard to pick a single favorite) take place in Italy. One is about a glass of fresh orange juice in Venice, the other a wedding feast in Sardinia. How could one read, and not laugh out loud, off the gentleman who fixed freeze dried scrambled eggs for his host, and no one could eat them. Another favorite takes place in a small village in Thailand.
Not only did I enjoy this book, it inspired me to dip my toe back in the Essay pool. I had forgotten how enjoyable short essays are. (I love the longer essays of John McPhee, especially his essay "Oranges.") For the arm-chair traveller, for the kitchen-challenged cook, get and read A Moveable Feast. It's a fun and delightful book.
Thank you, Don George, for putting this together.