R.W. Apple, Jr. was a former editor for The New York Times who didn’t limit himself to just writing about things like war and politics, he had a passion for all things food and he wrote about it. This book is a collection of his food writing and it covers the globe. Apple was certainly a well-traveled (and well-fed!) man. The book is broken up by region and each essay discusses a unique culinary encounter. Apple talks about regional treats (be they food or drink) and almost always offers the reader some sort of historical background to clue them in to what makes the specialty so enjoyable and unique.
I tried to read this book straight through and would argue that this method is not how it’s best-suited to be read. I enjoyed Apple’s writing style and found a NUMBER of places I want to eat/drink at, hopefully sooner than later. The section that focused on North America was one of my favorites because the likelihood of me reliving some of those culinary experiences was slightly more feasible 😉 I enjoyed this book – if you love reading about food you’ll appreciate Apple and his enthusiasm for all things edible.