Archive For The “Culture” Category

Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel – guidebook review

Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel – guidebook review

It might sound like a very narrow perspective – Singapore Top Ten. Is that a list of the ten most exciting attractions? Or is it a collection of ten interesting restaurants, perhaps? In fact Singapore Top Ten from Eyewitness Travel has a list of lists. I love Singapore. It seems to offer so much for…

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1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz – review

Travel – it’s like a drug. If you have never travelled then perhaps you can’t understand why anybody would. Home is cosy, safe and you speak the language. But many of us have had the pleasure of taking a trip, and that sparks something within. And there are 1000 Places to See Before You Die!…

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Serene Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi – review

Serene Gardens by Yoko Kawaguchi – review

What vision do we have when we think of Japan? Well, in truth there will likely be a few images. If we are into anime there will be cartoon characters. The food lovers will doubtless conjure a plate of sushi, and many others will say that a graceful geisha will be on their list. Show…

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Furoshiki – The art of wrapping with fabric by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts – review

Furoshiki – The art of wrapping with fabric by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts – review

Furoshiki is an ancient practice that seems to be very trendy now in Europe. I first came across it when a friend arrived from Marseille. She is a lady of impeccable taste and owns a shop filled with stylish and interesting goods. I had high hopes of a classy gift and I wasn’t quite sure…

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Raghu Rai’s Delhi – book review

Raghu Rai’s Delhi – book review

Raghu Rai may not be a name familiar to you unless you are a photography professional. He has, however, had a career which has been so noteworthy that he was awarded the Padmashree in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards. Raghu’s National Geographic article “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him high praise…

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India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences – book review

India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences – book review

India is large, colourful, and sumptuous, and any other superlatives you care to mention. It’s a luxurious encyclopaedia of the subcontinent and covers pretty much every aspect of life, art and culture of this marvellous country. India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences is a weighty tome but it’s true to say that the…

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Food of Japan by Shirley Booth – review

Food of Japan by Shirley Booth – review

It’s the winner of a Japan Festival Award ‘for outstanding achievements in furthering the understanding of Japanese culture in the United Kingdom’ in 2000. In the same year it was also short-listed for the World Cookbook Awards and the Guild of Food Writers’ Jeremy Round Award for Best First Cookery Book. The author, Shirley Booth,…

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Maharaja – The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India – review

Maharaja – The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India – review

Thames and Hudson are famed for their high-quality books and this is another fine example of the style of book we have come to expect. It’s large format, full colour and stunning but more than that, it’s an archive of a disappearing world. India is a confident country with high expectations. It is growing and…

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Gardens of Delight – Indian Gardens Through the Ages – review

Gardens of Delight – Indian Gardens Through the Ages – review

We British tend to think that we invented gardens and the concept of those spaces as areas of leisure. English gardens are mimicked the world over and even in countries whose climates are unsuitable for even the notion of a cottagey, green and lush space. In horticultural terms India would be the head gardener and…

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India – One Man’s Personal Journey Round the Subcontinent – review

India – One Man’s Personal Journey Round the Subcontinent – review

This is a unique perspective from a west London lad who takes a voyage of discovery, a voyage to discover heritage, roots, amazing differences and surprising commonality. Sanjeev Bhaskar has straddled both British and Indian societies with their many complexities and contradictions. Sanjeev had a childhood to which so many of us can relate. Home…

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Made in India by Kaleem Winata – review

Made in India by Kaleem Winata – review

My passion for Indian art started in the 1960s when UK shops were filled with all manner of Asian textiles, pictures and ornaments. These were the years of pop art, Hari Krishna and tie-dye. Made in India reflects “real” popular Indian art, that is to say the art available to the masses via advertising hoardings,…

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Japan – Eyewitness Travel – book review

Japan – Eyewitness Travel – book review

You can travel to many countries and get by without a guidebook. You might get lost, you might wish you had the address of a hotel that had sheets on the beds, and you might possibly even regret not taking a packed lunch… but you’ll get by. Japan is a bit more difficult to negotiate…

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Arabian Flavours – Recipes and Tales of Arab Life by Salab Jamal – review

Arabian Flavours – Recipes and Tales of Arab Life by Salab Jamal – review

We have not had great exposure to Arab cuisine in Britain. Our connections to that region have never been as close as, say, those we have with our former colonies; so our high streets are more than adequately garnished with restaurants offering Indian food, air travel has introduced us to Spanish food and Greek food,…

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Meeting the Medicine Men by Charles Langley – book review

Meeting the Medicine Men by Charles Langley – book review

This site is called Mostly Food and Travel Journal and the space that isn’t food will be filled with what I hope will interest and amuse you. Lots of travel and social history, and items like this book that encompass those topics and much more. Charles Langley has written this most unique and fascinating book,…

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Feeding the Gods by Chitrita Banerji – review

Feeding the Gods by Chitrita Banerji – review

You know by now that I have a love of all things subcontinental so it’s no surprise that I read and enjoyed Feeding the Gods – Memories of Food and Culture in Bengal. Chitrita Banerji has written a charming and very personal reflection on her life and the spiritual part that food has played in…

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The Bazaars of Istanbul by Isabel Bocking – review

The Bazaars of Istanbul by Isabel Bocking – review

Many thousands of tourists visit Turkey every year. They bask on the beaches, perhaps hire a boat for a holiday afloat and enjoy grilled fish in seaside restaurants. They have a glimpse of Turkey and its people but it is, in fact, just a meeting with the modern globalized facade – a shadow of a…

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The Ultimate Garden Designer by Tim Newbury – review

The Ultimate Garden Designer by Tim Newbury – review

The “ultimate” anything has got to be good. What would this Garden Designer variety have to offer? It needed to be a comprehensive tome covering every aspect of the subject. Needless to say I had visions of a book the size of a small garden shed or at least a rabbit hutch. This is a…

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In and Out of Africa …in search of Gérard Depardieu by Francis Gimblett – review

In and Out of Africa …in search of Gérard Depardieu by Francis Gimblett – review

I review many and several books each week and pride myself on being able to spot a literary disaster at ten paces. They often fit this profile: small or nonexistent publisher, unknown author, subjects I know nothing about (there are, strangely, many of those), lots of writing and few pictures. But In and Out of…

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The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found by Russell A. Olsen – review

The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found by Russell A. Olsen – review

It’s quite a mouthful of a title and it’s a big chunky book. You could not present just a pamphlet on such an iconic and romantic road. The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found is an in-depth look at the history of Route 66 but equally important, the impact that rerouting of the road had…

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Sacred Sierra by Jason Webster – review

Sacred Sierra by Jason Webster – review

Well, to be honest, I didn’t find the title very inspiring. Sounds like a hermit looking for religion and it probably wasn’t going to be a fun page-turner… but I was wrong. Sacred Sierra – A Year on a Spanish Mountain is light-hearted and thought-provoking. The author finds a 12 year old barman, and political…

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