1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton
Published by Workman Publishing Company on January 13, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Food, Travel
Pages: 1008
Format: eARC
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1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world’s best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it’s the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton—award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for The New York Times.

1,000 Foods fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)—the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it’s dinner at Chicago’s Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird’s Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le Périgord.

Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions—you can almost taste what she’s tasted. You’ll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.

I like lists. I don’t make too many myself, just a few here and there, but I love reading other peoples’.  1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a list of fabulous, or odd, foods and a tour of the world all in one. I really enjoyed looking through it. I may have to pick up a traditional copy, instead of the digital version, so I can cross things off. Some of the foods in it I’ve actually already had, believe it or not.

I expected a list of outrageous foods that you can only get in restaurants on the other side of the world but that are delicious. It is that, but there are also foods that we consider fairly common, but only because we live here. For a lot of the foods, she lists restaurants where you can have the best. Yes some are in Greece or Japan, but some are also here in the US. Many of the entries include options for mail order. Even better, lots list websites or cookbooks where you can find authentic recipes. It makes many of the dishes way more accessible than they otherwise would be. A very few recipes are even included in the book.

In addition to specific foods, it mas some markets, “dinners,” and specific restaurants that are worth visiting. She even mentions a movie to watch.

Overall , it’s a fun books to browse through, although I wouldn’t recommend it opening it when you’re hungry. You might end up drooling on the pages.

About Mimi Sheraton

Mimi Sheraton was born in New York. In 1975 she became the food critic for the New York Times. She held that position for 8 years after which she became the food critic for Time magazine.

She now freelances for New York Times, Vanity Fair, Food and Wine, and other magazines.