I was recently given a review copy of The World on a Plate. It was penned by Mina Holland the erudite (and funny) editor of British Guardian Cook. I loved it! For someone who loves to eat and travel, it was a delightful read. The best part was that it didn't involve packing a bag, going through security or being shoehorned into tiny spaces with frustrated tourists and delayed schedules. I found it to be very easy reading with an overview of 40 of the world's best cuisines colored with interesting backstories without delving into information overload. Mina leaves you with a handy list of pantry essentials for each type of cuisine and a recipe or two highlighting the essence of what makes that particular region's offerings unique. For example, I would never have dreamed of adding chocolate to a stew, as they often do in the Catalan cooking of Spain....who knew?
She trots the globe armed with keen powers of observation and a discerning palate coupled with down to earth humor and unaffected practicality. This delightful tome - half history book and half cookbook - features more than 100 recipes, many of which I cannot wait to try myself! Check out this brand-new Penguin release for yourself - or pick it up as a gift for the Foodie in your life. I am sure you'll be glad you did!