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1864500212 Home of Champagne, croissants and cafés, France is the birthplace of cuisine as we know it. But French food goes beyond ratatouille and reputation. It has a beating heart that you'll discover in the crowds of Marseille markets, Bordeaux wine cellars and within this book. Whether you crave the creamiest goat's milk cheese or want to create your own crêpes, this guide shares the secret ingredients behind France's culinary culture. 1864501138 Greece is blessed by the gods of food and wine, thus all of life revolves around culinary fulfillment. In Athens you'll drink the same wine as Pericles and snack on the same sweets as Byzantine emperors. On the islands you'll feast on the same seafood as Zorba. And everywhere you go you'll find a glass of ouzo and a smile of welcome. After 2500 years in the kitchen, the Greeks have got it right. 1864500220 To eat and drink in Italy is to be thrust - head reeling, heart pumping and mouth watering - into the heart of Italian life. A myriad of regional influences make up what we know as 'Italian cuisine' but what all Italians have in common is ars vivendi (the art of living). With this unique guide to the culture of food & drink in Italy, you will discover that it all starts at the table. 1864501111 Put simply, if you love food, you’ll love Portugal. In your hands is the definitive guide to eating in Portugal, revealing dried salt cod, luscious Serra cheese, spicy sausages, the best coffee in the world, egg yolk sweets and Portugal’s local firewater, aguardente. There’s a rich history to soak up, along with girth-stretching food and a warmth of hospitality that’s unique to the Portuguese. So whet your appetite for knowledge and get ready to expand body and mind! 1864500255 In the land of Cervantes, Cádiz and castanets, food binds and defines Spanish culture. This guide explores Spain's culinary soul, whether it lurks in a 24-hour tapas bar, in the crowds of La Boqueria Market or even in your own kitchen. Spanish cuisine goes way beyond recipes and you'll discover that history, simplicity and conviviality are just some of the vital ingredients in the real taste of Spain. 1864500271 For the traveller, Turkey is a feast even when you're not eating; a banquet of plenty expressed in colours, smells and customs. In this unique guide to the culture of food and drink in Turkey, you'll discover that with every scoop of pilav, or swig of raki, you learn more about the essence of Turkish culture. Afiyet olsun!

1864503289 If you’ve dined on daal, nibbled on naan or been victimised by a vindaloo, you’ve had only a morsel from one of the world’s most elaborate and inspiring cuisines. If you want to know what makes India’s people tick, what fuels this manic and magical culture, you only have to explore the food. India lays itself bare at the table and this book takes you on an unforgettable expedition through the nation’s rich tapestry of flavours and customs. 1740590090 Thousands of islands. Thousands of flavours. The boldness of buffalo curry. The beauty of Balinese food offerings. This is the cuisine of Indonesia: a realm of flavours that stretches from mountain gardens, through manic markets, across the Spice Islands and into the pages of this culinary guide. Prepare to explore what feeds this diverse nation, a country where fruit is as fresh as the land, and chillies are as hot as the hospitality. 1864502886 Hong Kong cuisine is the world in your mouth. Emperors, colonialists, sailors and stylists have all brought ingredients to this culinary microcosm. And in turn Hong Kong has given the world the flavors of the orient, the occident and all in between. On yum cha trolleys, at chic bars and in this guide you’ll taste the invention and innovation of Hong Kong. So whether you crave Peking duck, snake soup or high tea, Hong Kong cuisine will surprise and delight. 1740590104 From the traditional dishes served at rural hot-spring ryokan inns, to Buddhist temple tea ceremonies, to the restaurant-filled high-rise madness of Tokyo, Japan expresses itself through its food. This guide takes you on a journey through all of Japan's culinary life. We go beyond the familiar sake and sushi, covering the essentials dashi (stock), bento boxes and soba noodles, and the exotic fermented soy beans, matsutake mushrooms, and fish that still wriggle as they slide down your throat, Itadakimasho! Let’s eat! 1740593707 Malaysians and Singaporeans are food obsessed: broach the subject of food with locals and it may appear that eating takes priority over everything else in life. The multicultural traditions of the region offer the food lover a gastronomic experience like no other – a fusion of herbs, spices, sauces and ingredients from a host of cuisines, each continually borrowing from the other. To eat or drink in Malaysia and Singapore is far more than an act of sustenance, it is a social experience – a chance to let your tastebuds savour the cultural mélange of these two countries. 1864500263 From pulse-pounding Bangkok to tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thai cuisine is as rich and diverse as the culture it sustains. This unique culinary guide takes you to the heart of the kingdom's food culture. Here you will discover what Thais mean by im jai (full heart), and expression that fuses culinary satisfaction with contentment in life.

186450028X If cooking were painting, Vietnam would have on of the world's most colourful palettes. Practically anything can be grown in its diverse climate and, because the people have no culinary inhibitions, anything goes. Vietnam lays itself bare at the table and, with this unique guide, you are about to embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure. 1864503483 The islands of the Caribbean are home to a cuisine as diverse as it is delectable. Fertile soil and bountiful seas provide inter-island as well as regional specialties, and this guide will usher you to each island's table. You'll discover how to crack open conch, mix a rum-soaked mojito and celebrate Carnival, Caribbean style. If your pantry needs a calypso kick, or if you do, the Caribbean and its cuisine are the stepping stones to sun, sand and sustenance. 1864500239 In one bite of a taco, or sip of fiery tequila, you open an encyclopedia to Mexico and its people. Whether you're cooking or travelling, this is the essential companion for your Mexican culinary adventure. 1864501103 New Orleans' kitchens are home to a world of flavors. French colonists, African slaves and Native Americans have influenced what goes into the gumbo pot, and have shaped the festivals for which Creoles, Cajuns and other Louisiana locals are famous. This book takes you from Mardi Gras crowds to laid-back bayou country. It gives you the knowledge needed to feast at JazzFest, dissect countless crawfish, and find the perfect French Quarter bar. You'll delight in the potent mix of history and style found in the foods of New Orleans and Lousisiana. 1740594304 You don’t have to search hard in California for culinary gold. This hip, jam-packed, pocket-sized guide reveals everything you need to know about eating and drinking in the Golden State – from Napa Valley wines, artisanal cheeses, and steam brewed beer to margaritas, artichokes, and chili con carne. 186450093X Irish cuisine is no oxymoron. Despite a history of hunger, Ireland remains a land of fertile fields, fat cattle, bountiful seas and plentiful gardens. From humble spuds to Galway oysters, this comprehensive guide explores and celebrates Ireland's kitchens, cooks and convivial custom. With Ireland on the cusp of a culinary renaissance, there is no better time to sample its true flavours and gregarious drinking culture.

1864500247 The kitchens of Morocco combine European infusion, Arab trade and age-old custom. These elements form a cuisine that reflects a vibrant and lively culture. The essence of Moroccan food - from spiced couscous to sweet mint tea - is captured and celebrated in this comprehensive guide. Whether you are travelling the country or expanding your own pantry, Morocco's true culinary spirit is here for the tasting.

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