Lonely Planet Publishes A FORK IN THE ROAD, Edited by James Oseland
Whether reserving at a world-famous restaurant, shopping at an open-air market, or being wowed by street food specialties, our culinary experiences on the road are an integral part of travel. Food is discovery, but as Lonely Planet's new literary anthology, A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road, demonstrates, it's also an emotional and transformative journey.
A Fork in the Road is a collection of 34 original stories by the world's most acclaimed chefs, food writers, and novelists focusing on how travel and eating combine to shape and inspire our lives. Edited by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine and a judge on Top Chef Masters, A Fork in the Road brings together foodie faves and literary luminaries including Carla Hall, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Pollan, Curtis Stone, Gael Greene, Rita Mae Brown, Neil Perry, Francine Prose, Jane and Michael Stern, David Mas Masumoto, Fuchsia Dunlop, Frances Mayes, and Madhur Jaffrey, among many others.
James Oseland says of the essays in the book: "Each of them says something ineffable about how we process and remember tastes and sensations, and about how they alter our view of the world. The stories encompass a vast mosaic of experience, from bitter to sweet to everything in between, and an equally vast range of voices. Some are rough, some are intensely refined. But they all have one thing in common: they chronicle food and eating in a deeply personal way."
A Fork in the Road is just that. It's Marcus Samuelsson's epiphany after a meal of fugu that there was more to learn about "fine dining" than he thought or Carla Hall's first attempt at chicken pot pie transforming her approach to cooking. It's David Kamp's childhood memories of a New England boarding house's summer meals or Martin Yan watching his mother at the stove as a child in Guangzhou, China. It's Alan Richman's search for koshary, the national dish of Egypt, during the Arab Spring or André Aciman's redemptive last meal in Tuscany after a disastrous trip.