Archive For The “Food & Travel Guides” Category

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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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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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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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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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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Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

Route 66 Backroads by Jim Hinckley – review

This is your essential guide to “scenic trips and adventures from the Mother Road”. That’s what it says and I believe it. This is a sumptuous, large format, full colour, glossy volume. There are more than 200 pictures to tempt you away from the beaten track, including a wealth of black and white photographs to…

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World Whisky by Charles Maclean – review

World Whisky by Charles Maclean – review

Who knew? There are many hundreds of whiskies. I had suspected that there might be perhaps a hundred from small distilleries in Scotland and Ireland and a few in the US. World Whisky lists over 700 whiskies from as far afield as Japan (the Japanese have a reputation as whisky “enthusiasts”) and Australia. I am…

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Backroads of the California Coast by Karen Misuraca – review

Backroads of the California Coast by Karen Misuraca – review

It’s a change to write a travel book review about a place to which I have been. California held much promise and did not disappoint. It is a state that deserves to be explored at a slow pace. You’ll get the best from this trip if you take time to venture off the beaten path….

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World Cheese Book by Juliet Harbutt – review

World Cheese Book by Juliet Harbutt – review

It’s days like this when I think that being a cookbook reviewer is the most marvellous occupation. I have been presented with 350 or so pages of unadulterated and odorous delight. Every page I view increases taste-bud activity to the point where a triangle of something in silver foil will just not cut the mustard….

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Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

I have reviewed another book by author Jim Hinckley and photographer Kerrick James (about Route 66), so I knew what to expect. A high-quality picture travelogue with images of the past and the present. Images that charm and mystify and eloquently tell the story of the state of Arizona. The state might be the epitome…

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The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York by Ellen Williams – review

The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York by Ellen Williams – review

I have spent long months in New York City and was very happy to do so. It’s one of my favourite spots, although I had not ever considered it to be overly historic. I am a Londoner and so tend to take history a bit for granted. I also have American friends who think that…

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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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Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Claude Wiatrowski has an evident passion for Colorado and another, equal in depth, for trains. He has three degrees in sensible technical and engineering subjects but he also plays drums for a brace of big bands, a gospel quartet and a polka band. A well-rounded character, I’d say. I had never considered a vacation in…

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Backroads of North Carolina by Kevin Adams – review

Backroads of North Carolina by Kevin Adams – review

This is another of those essential guides, but perhaps it also gives a taste of this most picturesque and often overlooked region of the USA to the armchair traveller. Backroads of North Carolina introduces the reader to the road less travelled and that road takes you from sea to mountain, from quiet glades to raging…

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Shanghai City Guide – Lonely Planet – review

Shanghai City Guide – Lonely Planet – review

Lonely Planet produces some of the most relied-upon and trusted guides around. The company started in a small way in 1972. Tony and Maureen Wheeler published the first Lonely Planet guide to meet the needs of an increasingly mobile and ever-curious population. Lonely Planet is now the largest independent travel publisher in the world. These…

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Backroads of New York by Kim Knox Beckius – review

Backroads of New York by Kim Knox Beckius – review

If you have only ever had one trip to the States then chances are you visited New York (unless you have kids in which case you might have chosen Florida or California for either Disneyland or Disneyworld). It’s probable you would have limited yourself to the city and that is reasonable for your first visit…

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I Was a Potato Oligarch by John Mole – review

I Was a Potato Oligarch by John Mole – review

What was this book about? To be honest the title didn’t tell me much – I Was a Potato Oligarch. Was it like being a Burger King? I knew what an Oligarch was…er, well, OK, looked it up and it’s one of a small number of individuals that run a state. So where does the…

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Istanbul Globetrotter Travel Guide by Sue Bryant – review

Istanbul Globetrotter Travel Guide by Sue Bryant – review

This is just one from a whole series of travel packs published by New Holland. They have one of the best reputations for producing guides for city breaks, being both well-researched and easy to use, with a book and a large-scale fold-out map. You want to get the best out of any holiday but most…

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