1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

A Food Lover's Life List

eBook - 2014
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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 Périgord.

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.

Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing Company, [2014]
ISBN: 9780761183068
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Kelly

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Mar 27, 2015

Lovers of food, prepare to salivate. This is a wondrous book! While the title ("1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die") is accurate enough, it may seem a publicist's brainstorm; the subtitle "A Food Lover's Life List" more truly reflects the author's intent. Mimi Sheraton, a renowned food writer, calls this "my autobiography" and in its all-encompassing humanist embrace of world food culture it is a most worthy memorial. So elegant is the writing and encyclopediac the knowledge, this work would be far and away my choice if forced to select just one food book for a desert island. (Take the book, leave the cannoli.) Indeed, Ms. Sheraton's prose resembles and is as nourishing as the good food she describes: fulsome, juicy, unctuous, savory and sweet. (Or to wit, re: squid ink: "velvety, enticingly earthy, excitingly saline, quintessentially rich, and a bit dangerously lurid..."). Oh yes! The book is divided into sections reflecting countries and geographic world cuisines. For each entry (of the 1,000 dishes, ingredients, etc) there is a description, usually of several short paragraphs, which provide an amazingly concentrated universe of information. Delightfully, it also names a few restaurants where to find best examples of a dish, and sites to order items. Occasionally there are recipes -- often links to them. Can the selections be quibbled? Of course: why separate entries for peanuts and peanut butter, and none for salade Nicoise? But that's all part of the fun. Praise for the high production values definitely includes the team who selected the small photographs paired with text, lyrical and lovely. (A tip: this is a classic you might want to own; at $25 the paperback is well worth it, but the type is rather small.)

mvkramer Mar 21, 2015

I stopped reading this, not because there's anything wrong with it, per se, but because I wanted something else. I wanted a leisurely exploration of the world of food, something that would make me want to run out and try new things. What I got was more like an encyclopedia. And not many people read encyclopedias for fun.


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