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Good stories from a multitude of cities reputed for their food.
This is a fantastic example of the audio book being better than the print because you get to enjoy the author's passionate and enthusiastic narration of his story - his voyage of discovering on the world stage of gastronomy. This is as much about the people and the places as it is about the food and his sharply witty style puts them all into perspective. He even brings his family background and history into it, Woody Allen style, as he contemplates the journey of the peasant food of Easter Europe through the gratuitously over-priced restaurants of Moscow to the gratuitoulsy over-filled sandwiches of the emigree New York deli.
I've throughly enjoyed every minute of this and would recommend it to anyone who likes eating out, people watching and travelling.
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You might think that 8 hours of a food critic talking about lavish meals he's eaten round the world might be hard to swallow, but, if you're interested in food it's an intriguing listen. The author, Rayner, writes in a lively style and reads his own words with panache. It's not just the meals that are interesting but also the cultural differences between, say, Dubai and Moscow and the authors experiences with the locals. Having for a time been a food guide inspector I sympathized with the author over disappointments one can get in some highly-rated restaurants and how price is not a reliable guide to quality.
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