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From the top of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica for the perfect cup of coffee to the jungles of Thailand for an encounter with the abominably smelly “stinkfruit,” Robb Wals has traveled the globe, immersing himself in some of the world’s most interesting culinary phenomena. In Are You Really Going to Eat That? Walsh offers a collection of his best essays over the past ten yeFrom the top of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica for the perfect cup of coffee to the jungles of Thailand for an encounter with the abominably smelly “stinkfruit,” Robb Wals has traveled the globe, immersing himself in some of the world’s most interesting culinary phenomena. In Are You Really Going to Eat That? Walsh offers a collection of his best essays over the past ten years, along with some of his favorite recipes.For Walsh, food is a window on culture, and his essays brim with insights into our society and those around us. Whether he’s discussing halal organic farming with Muslims, traversing the steep hills of Trinidad in search of hot-sauce makers, or savoring the disappearing art of black Southern cooking with a inmate-chef in a Texas penitentiary, Walsh has a unique talent for taking our understanding of food to a deeper level....

Title : Are You Really Going to Eat That?: Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker
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ISBN : 9781400077168
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Are You Really Going to Eat That?: Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker Reviews

  • Jessica
    2019-04-30 06:13

    I saw this book for sale at Building 19 (where they often have lots of good books cheap!) and couldn't resist picking it up. Afterall, it isn't often that I meet a food-related book that I don't enjoy. This collection of columns were mostly previously published in newspapers and journals. The essays focus on food experiences Walsh had while travelling. At each of the places he went he tried to ingest something that was unique to that locale...from the hottest of hot peppers, to the durian fruit, to Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Many of the essays made my mouth water and I was thinking of hopping on a plane to the different locales and trying out some of the same food.

  • John Howard-fusco
    2019-05-16 02:04

    A fun little read.

  • Heather
    2019-05-13 05:18

    This book - a collection of the author's previously published articles from various magazine and newspaper sources - was one that was recommended to me based on my reading selections from an online book database. Although I, myself, am not an adventurous eater or cook, I love learning about food and its origins, or about other people's ventures into the culinary world. It took me awhile to read this entire book, mostly, I think, because it's set up that way. It's not a novel or a complete story; it's a series of independent short articles that the author has selected and arranged very well based on the theme of his book and the types of food he's reviewing.To be honest, I felt a little misled by the title; I was expecting more tales about how he'd eaten bugs or other creepy crawlies in his quest to try the truly outrageous. The stories within this book's pages are much more tame (to read... perhaps not to eat). He begins the book with his quest to find the world's hottest pepper sauce, and works his way through chile peppers, cactus fruits, Spam, raw oysters and rare hamburgers, Gouda cheese, Creole gumbo, and East Texas barbecue. Nothing too outlandish, and certainly nothing that would turn my stomach to read about (though very little of it would be appetizing for me to eat).In all, this was a very interesting collection of articles to read. I'm glad I picked the book up; I learned more about the backgrounds of some foods than I ever thought I'd learn, as well as some regional history of the countries he visited on his various quests.If you've got any interest in learning about some odd foods and the history behind them, I'd recommend picking up this book. It's a great book to read in fits and starts; nothing that will keep you glued to its pages cover to cover, but one I'd suggest for a trip that gives you fifteen minutes' of reading time here and there.

  • Karen Deyle
    2019-04-25 01:10

    So many writers are just that, culinary thrill seekers. Like Andrew Zimmern, Anthony Bourdain, ...oh look - I ate Durian. Ick. Putrid fish in Russia. Walsh starts with the same premise, but digs deeper, unearthing the meaning behind the food, and the context in community. I particularly liked a chapter about eating the food of a prison cook, a man who learned to cook in prison, who is a frequent writer to culinary magazines, but who will never own a restaurant on the outside. The roots of food and what it means to us. How it becomes more than sustinance. Are You Really Going to Eat That?: Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker

  • Peter
    2019-05-11 01:24

    This book has really compelled me to eat and try new foods. Reading this book makes me want to eat cabrito,some of that shellfish soup and some of those juicy rare burgers. The book is really easy to read and doesn't have to many challenging words so you don't have to re-read a certain chapter to understand what the author is trying to say. He has very impressive orgainizational skills, but the thing I didn't like about this book is that halfway into it, the articles after that follow the same pattern as earlier in the book and it gets a little boring. But besides that the book may exceed as one of my favorites. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in food or interested in learning about new foods and a man's personal experience eating these certain types of foods.

  • Chris Crowley
    2019-05-18 08:14

    Probably a misleading title, especially if you have already read Bourdain or Steingarten. Basically a collection of well written food articles that the author has published over the years. It's the first time I've read any of Robb Walsh's work, and I thought he got the balance between being witty and informative pretty much spot-on. Not really a great deal of unusual food is eaten, although he does spend some time throughout the book looking into the roots of various culinary styles from Southern USA and Mexico, which I found very interesting.

  • Crzy D
    2019-05-02 04:01

    The book should have been called are you really going to eat 'there' than 'that'. Because all the food he described with a few expect ions sound lip smacking yum but the places he goes to in his quest for auntencity eaves a little to be desired. But keep that aside it s a fun read and his passion for all things food is quite contagious coz he leaves me craving for stuff I have not even heard of before leave alone tasted

  • Alyce
    2019-05-22 05:01

    Although this collection of previously published articles didn't fully convince me that Walsh is a "culinary thrill seeker", the interesting tidbits kept me reading unabated (and allowed me to overlook his frequent patronization). For example, a 1996 Natural History magazine article quotes a prescient produce distributor who suggests that prickly pears be renamed cactus pears to increase U.S. market appeal.

  • Toni
    2019-05-24 03:29

    Very fun and interesting book for foodies. Learn about the popularity of Spam in Hawaii, the best way to cook okra is Don't Cut It, the history of Gruyere cheese, hunting for the best sauerkraut in Alsace, France, and more eclectic stories. He even goes to a Texas prison to have an inmate who is a legend in Black Southern Cooking cook for him. The author is a food critic from Houston and there are also a few stories about BBQ & Vietnamese joints in Houston.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-19 02:16

    Okay, not great. He travels the world (mostly North & Central America) and eats food. A predictable amount of exoticism and authenticity-fetishism. Many of the essays end with related recipes, which is cute. Some amount of the "look at the unfamiliar ingredients this food uses," but not as much as you might expect from the cover.

  • Matt
    2019-05-15 04:21

    I picked this paperback up at the used bookstore for $5, so i'm not expecting great things. The guy is not a flashy writer, and only sprinkles his stories with a dash of research, but some of his stories are interesting. The first two chapters are about chilis and coffee, so that was good enough for me.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-16 00:05

    Some good essays on eating at local joints.

  • grundoon
    2019-05-24 01:30

    Competent and pleasant enough collection of articles from a (mostly Houston-based) food writer, from a span of about a decade. Frankly, I'd rather this had been a focused compendium than a tiny handful from each gig.

  • Wellington
    2019-05-24 04:06

    Unlike many of the foods described, this book just seemed to be missing something. Perhaps, some pictures since these were pulled from magazines? Writing-wise, I felt I was being written down to. But hey, at least the book gave me some new cooking dies.

  • CherylMadigan
    2019-05-21 03:14

    The title of this book is slightly misleading. There isn't too much crazy stuff eaten in this book as much as crazy amounts of food eaten after some serious effort to get it. Not a bad read, but not quite as thrilling as the title may have you believe.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-05 02:26

    I really enjoyed some of the more general-interest articles (the one about prickly pear fruits, for example). I wasn't nearly as interested in reading about restaurants I'll never go to - a lot of the articles seemed more like reviews.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-09 04:19

    Really interesting.It even has recipes although the ingredient maybe somewhat hard to find

  • Marybeth
    2019-05-17 03:07

    So much fun! Especially the bit about the meal of a med-rare burger & raw oysters- also called the double dumbass combo!

  • do
    2019-04-24 00:23

    This book made me want to go to Jamaica to experience the peppers and coffee that never get exported. It also gave my vacations a new direction: letting my stomach decide where where to go!

  • Theresa
    2019-05-17 07:15

    Each chapter is about a different food from different area's. Very informative and well written.

  • Seth
    2019-05-09 05:07

    This was a good read. It is a compilation of his food reviews from around the world. It has some humor to it, but if you like to read food writing, it is a must.

  • angi
    2019-05-13 00:14

    meh. eating crazy foods is usually fascinating but his writing is not. there's at least one bizarre-foods blog that's written ten times better, where the guy eats stuff ten times weirder.

  • Cara
    2019-04-23 03:09

    Walsh's theory is that what makes food interesting is the people who eat it and why. He explores exactly that in this book, with stories from his food travels all over the globe.

  • Michael
    2019-05-21 04:03

    Good spicy recipes, interesting chapter on wild rice and durian (stinkfruit)

  • Jen
    2019-05-02 08:08

    Old skool adventurous-white-guy food writing. Made me want to go to Texas - scary.