Book Review: 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton

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Book Review: 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton1,000 Foods to Eat before You Die by Mimi Sheraton
Published by Workman Publishing on Expected publication: January 13th 2015
Genres: Cooking, Courses & Dishes
Pages: 1009
Source: NetGalley
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The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that 1,000 Places to See Before You Die reinvented the travel book, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world’s best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it’s the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton—award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times.

1,000 Foods fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)—the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it’s dinner at Chicago’s Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird’s Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le Périgord.

Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions—you can almost taste what she’s tasted. You’ll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.

My Thoughts

So, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. This wound up being more but still different than what I imagined.

The more

This is dividing into cultures. The best of the best foods from many cultures around the world. I really enjoyed when I got to the England and Ireland portion as my family is from England however I have sadly never been there! This brought back a lot of memories from my grandmother’s cooking. Oh, and I learned why afternoon tea is such a lovely idea! My absolute favorite meal of all time, Roast and Yorkshire Pudding! YUMS! I get this for my birthday every year. Although we have a recipe I’m curious about the recipe she put in here from The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast by Brian Yarvin. Yet another good place for food apparently!

So, on and on and ON this goes. 1,000 different foods that are from around the world. Amazing that the author was able to compile such a complete and very satisfying list. I have already wanted to travel the world but this just makes that wish greater. Now when I travel I’ll have many places to eat.

The different, sort of…

The author also puts in a few recipes. I was hoping for more, sadly. Summer Pudding is one of the ones that I cannot wait to try! Says it serves 6 to 8 but I don’t know if I’ll be sharing. There are only a few but they all look great. Maybe this is a downer because I am curious about making Boef Bourguignon but I don’t know if I’m that adept in the kitchen! Mimi makes it sound so easy! Or to try the Poulet Farnese! I may not be able to pronounce it but chicken, hazelnuts, and cognac?! Yes please!

In short:

Although there weren’t not as many recipes as I originally hoped, this does give me places to start. Maybe I will not be traveling the world anytime soon, but I can look up the recipes from the books the author graciously provided and take my taste buds on a tour! With recipes like the above and African Ginger Beer? You will not want to put this book down.




The Author

About Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton was born in New York. In 1975 she became the food critic for the New York Times. She held that position for 8 years after which she became the food critic for Time magazine.

She now freelances for New York Times, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, and other magazines.


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