I love the whole idea of this cookbook. A journalist
father and his daughter play "spin the globe" and wherever the finger
lands they cook up a four course meal from that country. The father has
been to beau-coup countries in his line of work and has experienced food
and culture in a very grass roots way, through jungle treks amidst
gorilla warfare to train journeys across Russia. So I was pretty excited
to read this.
But why...WHY...WHY do you sit down to compile a chunkster of a world recipe book and not even bring your camera??? Where are the pictures of the dishes?? Seriously, what a disappointment!
Ok, lets be fair. There are sketches. But not of meals. You'll find
sketches of things like chili peppers, squid, calaloo but no dishes or
locations. Such a missed opportunity. Because this book is more than a
recipe book. It is a travelogue and I loved that. At the beginning of
each recipe, the author shares his experiences visiting the country, why
he was there, the food he ate, a little bit of history etc.The
experience would have felt more complete with pictures. Just sayin'.
to the recipes themselves. There's a lot of them (at least four dishes
per 52 countries so over 200 recipes). Some sounded intriguing and I
bookmarked them for reference. Others, I found a little simplistic but I
do understand that that is what most people will want so they can
recreate "something similar" at home. Personally, I'm into ethnic
cooking in a fairly large way so I was most interested in the sections
involving India, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia; places of strong flavors and
contrasts. But the recipe choices were pretty bland for those areas.
Overall, an interesting cookbook. One I enjoyed reading.
* I received a free ebook from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.