Travelling the world with food

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to travel the world, but there is nothing to stop you bringing the flavour of travel to your own dinner table.

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Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to travel the world, but there is nothing to stop you bringing the flavour of travel to your own dinner table.

The first thing that struck me about this wonderful cookbook was what a rare visual feast it is – from the beauty of the photographs to the superb design and imaginative illustrations. This is not surprising as the man behind Around the World in 80 Dishes is David Loftus, one of the world's leading food photographers.

Loftus' day job is to travel to all corners of the world photographing top chefs and their delectable dishes. In this book, introduced by his close friend, Jamie Oliver, he shares 80 dishes from international chefs and cookery writers, including Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers, Atul Kochhar, Gennaro Contaldo, and many others. The book follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and his famous Grand Tour; starting in London and taking in Europe, the Middle East & Egypt, India, Asia & the Orient, America, the Atlantic Crossing and winding up back in Great Britain.

And that leads me to the second thing which struck me about this anthology and made me lose my heart to it. It takes you to faraway places, filling you with a sense of wonder and fascination as you read the stories behind these classic recipes. I got so involved as I turned the pages that I declared to my husband later that evening that, if it was okay by him, I was going to cook my way through the entire book ... so he should prepare himself for a wonderful journey!

This is the sort of book you will find yourself wanting to buy two of – one as a gift and one for yourself.

David Loftus, with a foreword by Jamie Oliver
Alantic Books, 2012
RRP: $49.99





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    22nd May 2012
    9:53pm
    I'd love this book but it's just too expensive. With most books on line now, you'd think that the price of paper books would go down.


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