When you’re stuck inside with inclement weather and turn the page to good old fashioned “Toad in the Hole” or Cajun gumbo, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die. becomes you enemy. It is hard not to flip through the pages of this expansive book and drool. Author Mimi Sheraton takes readers on a trip around the world with 1,000 different foods that she feels are crucial to any well rounded foodie.
This book is excellent for anyone who loves to cook or lives to eat. The book is broken down by regions, the UK, France, Eastern Europe etc) so like foods are kept together. One section is focused on foods of the Jewish tradition and she goes as far as to breakdown the food types per the branch of Judasim.
For anyone that has traveled extensively, the book almost acts like a memory of meals past. Sheraton goes into detail about the history of many of the dishes and also includes the best places to find the dish abroad, in the US or from mail order. In several instances she includes the recipe.
My one complaint with 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Dieis that there are not enough pictures. At over 1,000 pages I can understand why the publisher would need to hold back; if there were pictures for every entry the book would likely be 2,000 pages. However, from time to time a food is referenced that I’ve never heard of and I found myself going to research what it looked like. Sheraton does her best to describe, but some foods must be seen.
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a must have checklist for the foodie in your life and I will admit to recently using it as an answer to the question what are we having for dinner.
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is available now from Workman Publishing Company.