A Railway Dining Conference on the history of dining on railways is to be held in Tours, France on 16 and 17 December 2014, papers will cover railways throughout the world. Ideal for anyone who’s idea of heaven is sipping a fine red over a steak-frites and watching the scenery whizz by. Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Michele Merger firstname.lastname@example.org
A Fork in the Road : Tales of food, pleasure & discovery on the road
Editor James Oseland 2013 Lonely Planet ISBN 9781743219775 (Hbk)
Thirty four stories on the joys and other wise of food and travel written by food obsessed writers and chefs from Neil Perry, Curtis Stone, through Madhur Jaffery to Frances Mayes and Michael Pollan. From the delightful first encounter Sandi Tan has when she eats the first food ever cooked by her father’s mistress. “ the rice was mushy, clearly budget-grain and cooked with a drunkard’s care” and “ the squid’s actual taste ... were immaterial, What struck me was that this child-woman had cooked me something cool and different – and seemed mightly tickled at herself for having done it. Chilli-burned, I scarfed down her joy, her unbridled exuberance, and asked for more.” To Tuscany (of course) the Amazon, Colombo and Greece these writer take us on an entertaining and , not always, mouth watering, adventures. The quality of the writing is excellent and, to quote editor James Oseland, each of the essays “says something ineffable about how we process and remember tastes and sensations, and about how they alter our view of the world”.
Max Dingle 27 February 2014