More than a photo, a journal entry or a pair of souvenir cufflinks, it’s the food that keeps the journeys alive.
Missing travel this year? Uh huh. Me too. Back in March I honestly imagined that by the summer, things would be more or less back to normal (oh, the naivety!) but as time has plodded on in this interminable year, it’s become clear that travel won’t be back to normal for some time yet and that when it is, it will look very different.
I, like many people, have taken refuge in books and films and also cookbooks – the best way to do a bit of armchair travel is by cooking up something delicious from somewhere else. That’s why I was thrilled when Travels with my Spatula by Tori Haschka landed on my desk – it’s the perfect little escape read/ cook along for these times!
From the publisher:
Transport your kitchen on a trip around the world with this delicious collection of cultural cuisine.
If you’ve ever found yourself dreaming about that time you spent sipping Margaritas in Mexico, or when you had to have just one more croquette from the mouth-watering displays of tapas in Spain, you’re not alone. Tastes, aromas, and the whole foodie experience of a country can stay with you for years, and make you want to pack your bags and relive that moreish moment in time. Food and travel writer Tori Haschka felt exactly the same every time she traveled, finding herself collecting Post-It notes of memorable dishes she’d eaten and then—when she got home—she’d capture her experiences through recreating recipes.
Split into chapters covering brunch, sweet treats and summer and winter recipes, you can try her slow-cooked ribs from Brooklyn, the perfect pasta dish from Rome, or luscious lentil koshary from Cairo; each recipe is a delicious memory waiting to be brought back to life in her home and yours. Who knows, it may even inspire you to book a flight and take a foodie journey of your own!
First published at “A Suitcase and a Spatula” in 2013, this revised edition is the balm to soothe those souls who are missing travel this year. As someone who loves to recreate dishes I’ve tasted on my travels once I return home, I absolutely loved the concept of this book. It *looks* like a little travel journal too – with lists and post-its and postcards scattered throughout the pages. I loved the combination of illustrations and photos, the illustrations adding to the “journal” feel.
Each recipe comes with a headnote about where this dish was first tasted or inspired by (loved the “raspberry croissant pudding” created because Haschka was too embarrassed to tell the boulangère that she meant 2 (deux) not 12 (douze) croissants!). Recipes are short and sweet (1 pagers, most of them), clearly written and easy to follow and there are dishes from all over the world. I really liked that they are grouped in Summer, Winter, Sweet Treats and Breakfast/ Brunch as opposed to being grouped in countries because there are so many countries it would be difficult to fill whole chapters. This really reads like a travel journal and is just at home on your nightstand as it is in your kitchen or on a coffee table. Very appealing for so many readers!
Haschka also outlines some travel tips that foodies will find useful, including:
- How to get the most out of a buffet breakfast
- A formula for carpet picnics
- Minibar cocktail party
(because who hasn’t tried one of all of those things when they’ve travelled?)
as well as a guide to Plane Food (remember that?)
This is a charming book that will appeal to so many people – those who’ve travelled to these places or those who wish to. It’s perfect – and delicious – armchair travel fodder for these times and will inspire you to take better notes on those dishes you taste and fall in love with on your next trip!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.
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