Around the World in 80 Dinners

Around the World in 80 Dinners

The Ultimate Culinary Adventure

eBook - 2008
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Features yummy foods and recipes from Bali, Australia, New Caledonia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Southern India, South Africa, Provence, Salvador, Brazil.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2008
ISBN: 9780061627040
0061627046
9780061627033
0061627038
Branch Call Number: TX725.A1 J2855 2008x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file
Additional Contributors: Jamison, Bill
OverDrive, Inc

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derekwolfgram
Nov 29, 2010

Should have read other reviewers before taking this one on. I love the Jamisons' cookbooks, esp. the Border Cookbook and Smoke and Spice. The pictures on the cover promise exotic adventures in colorful foreign lands, and there is some of that. There's also a fair amount of high end hotels and private dining experiences that a regular Joe Traveler would never have access to. The recipes are good, and I do like some of the descriptions of the more exotic meals in Bali and Thailand. But I was constantly stopped cold by the poorly contrived dialogue. If the sentences were just used as third person narrative, they would work fine, but they are obviously just thoughts forced into quotation marks. a couple of examples:

"The meat isn't much," he says, "but the sauce is a tribute to the potency of pepper, building bite by bite in glorious intensity."

Good observation, sure. Something that Bill said in the course of dinnertime conversation. Don't think so.

This is Bourdain lite. Sure, Tony's playing a part, but he is able to act naturally while doing so.

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