Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World

Wanderlust and cuisine that is unusual, hard to find or simply odd go hand in hand for food and travel writer Shane Mitchell. On assignment for Saveur, Travel + Leisure and other publications, Mitchell has followed her nose and her stomach all over the world. In Far Afield, her first book, Mitchell presents the stories (with James Fisher's striking photos) of her encounters with 10 traditional foodways and the people who are keeping them alive, including Icelandic shepherds, Uruguayan gauchos and African refugees living in France.

Along with the stories, Mitchell has collected 40 recipes, most of them dishes intended for the family table. Some are simple but hearty, like the chivito ("Uruguay's answer to the hamburger") or basmati coconut rice. Several are more complex, such as spicy Mexican grilled rabbit or Icelandic fish chowder. All carry the rich flavors of their communities, where land, food and family are intimately tied together. --Katie Noah Gibson, blogger at Cakes, Tea and Dreams
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