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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura)

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I imagine that many readers will do as I did, and turn first to the country/countries of their background.

The curious minds behind Atlas Obscura now turn to the hidden curiosities of food, which becomes a gateway to fascinating stories about human history, science, art, and tradition—like the first book, all organized by country, lavishly illustrated, and full of surprises. The Siberian sashimi competition at Festival Stroganina sounds remarkably difficult to get to, and I doubt I’ll find myself at any of the Antarctic base stations listed here. For the traveler or foodie, this coffee table book can transport them around the world with wonderful stories and photos that will leave their stomachs grumbling—all without ever leaving the couch. The chickens can’t survive in industrial chicken farms, and so the shell’s blue hue has unwittingly become an indicator of a happy chicken with a free-range life.I feel nauseous, describing blood clots as silky is sickening, saying they burst and melt in the mouth is very, very sickening and then describing the taste of blood as something you'd really want to eat is horrible beyond anything I've ever read. This fun book brims with fascinating foodie facts and travel trivia — an enticing read for anyone who is curious about the world. No – in that it’s a big and beautiful hardback about food that has come out just in time for Christmas. In these pages, you'll find riveting stories of human culture ancient and present, history, climate, mythology, commerce and geography -- all through the lens of that thing you thought you already knew: food.

In cases where the layout uses a picture as the background with text in front, more often than not the contrast is not enough and the text is very difficult to make out.Tom Colicchio, chef and activist "Thumbing through this exquisite guide kept me at the breakfast table until dinner time.

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