Eat My Globe-Book
The link is to the author's blog.
I just got this book from Amazon and I was hoping for something along the lines of A Cook's Tour. It ended being much more than that. This is a real Chowhoundish kind of book. Part travelogue, part boastful Chowhound list, part Andrew Zimmern recitation of parts he has eaten. Simon Majmudar writes very well and he goes to some really cool places, away from the well tread and famous places and going to some pretty unusual places all around the world.
Besides he is doing what I would like to do when I grow up. :)
Here is a link to the book on Amazon.
I just saw this book at my library last week, and had -no- idea about it! I picked it up, and began reading it 2 days ago, and love it. He's a very descrpitive and funny writer. I envy him and his chance at doing his dream of eating the world. I'm only halfways thru the book, taking notes on places -I- want to go now!
Love the book!
Simon's now well on with his next book which is much closer to home and is all about regional British food. Based on his blog, items coming from my own north west England will be black pudding, Blackpool rock, potted shrimps, Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese. Maybe others. It'll be a good read.
Thanks for posting this. I met Simon online in the early days of the Chowhound site, and then in person when he and his brother, Robin, visited San Francisco in 2001.
We renewed our acquaintance when he passed through California again on his global tour in November 2007.
I attended Simon's reading at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building last month. Once again, he was ill in our fair city and didn’t feel like chowing. He thinks our fog does him in.
In any case, it was fun to see Simon again. One question from the audience asked the source of funding for his travels. His mid-life crisis was entirely self-funded by depleting his life-savings. He was also asked about the worse thing he put in his mouth. He recounted his experience with cod sperm sushi in Japan, listed as #3 of his Top Ten Worst Tastes on Page 273. This was quite funny to me, as I’ve eaten and posted about shirako (cod milt sacs) here, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/52742
Simon apologized for the San Francisco chapter being so lame. But he did plop my name in there and mentioned the party I snuck him into, as described here.
I had a chance to ask him privately whether he had ever imagined being an author during his career in publishing. “Never in a million years”, he said, and now he happily makes a living as a writer and food critic. A very successful mid-life crisis, I say.
Eat My Globe autograph
Afterwards, my fellow apologizee, Alexandra Eisler, and I grabbed a bite at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher to catch up.