Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide


Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is a fascinating survey of facts, factoids, tidbits, and culinary world history curated and presented by Dylan Thuras and Cecily Wong. Due out 28th Sept 2021 from Workman Publishing, it's 448 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

The layout is arranged with chapters grouped by geographical location: Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, Canada, the USA, Latin America, and Antarctica. Each of the chapters is further divided by country/region. The entries run the gamut from curiosities and weird local tourist destinations to profoundly strange cuisine (casu marzu is peccorino cheese intentionally exposed to the eggs/maggots of the cheese fly - mostly banned these days because of the rare potential for intestinal infestation in humans by the maggots of P. casei). 

The book is full of photos and interesting sidebars with "How to try it" for many of the entries. The local delicacies and tourist spots are specified in the text. Really adventurous readers could certainly plan outings or even travel holidays around the entries in this encyclopedic volume. 

Five stars. I can't imagine how much work and reference checking went into the writing of this book.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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