Travel Around The World in 80 Dinners with Janne Apelgren and Joanna Savill »
A gastronaut's guide to the globe – or a cashed-up foodie's bucket list
By Helen Ellis
Around The World In 80 Dinners – by food journalists Janne Apelgren and Joanna Savill – is, according to the accompanying media release, “a gastronaut's guide to the globe. It’s a book for everybody who books their restaurants before their airfares, and food lovers who want the lowdown on the most exciting places to eat at home and abroad”.
I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Apelgren and Savill are two Australian writers who, between them, have edited 14 editions of the well known Good Food Guide, and have worked for many well respected newspapers and magazines, writing about food and places to dine, and enjoying travelling around at the same time.
This book is the result of their latest travels around the world, and most unforgettable meals they've experienced as they travelled. I suppose someone has to do it!
I enjoyed reading through it immensely, and appreciated the many conversational-style insights into all the places they write about.
It’s extremely helpful to know about booking in advance etiquettes for different venues, and their Insider’s Tips are priceless. I also found their if you like this, try… sections excellent.
As an example of a typical review, they describe the history, site, ambience, food and service at Brae in country Victoria, then provide us with the advice that we can book online up to six months in advance for one of their 'six fabulous onsite suites'; dining can be booked at the same time.
They tell us, in their Insider’s Tip, that we should try to stay on a Sunday night and have lunch on the Monday as that’s when other chefs come there to eat, which they claim makes the atmosphere “pretty festive”. Possibly a euphemism for ‘fellow chefs eat, drink and make merry there on their day off'!
It is recommended that if you enjoyed Brae, you should also visit a restaurant called Provenance in Beechworth which “boasts Michael Ryan’s superb Japanese-leaning food and elegant onsite suites”, or the Royal Mail in Dunkeld which “retains a stellar cellar, farm-to-table philosophy and huge kitchen garden, under chef Robin Wickens”.
They review fourteen restaurants in Australia, with the rest of the book covering countries like USA, France, Italy, Denmark, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Peru, Spain, England and others. In all, 24 countries are covered. The number of reviewed restaurants in Australia is the largest, with single recommendations for places like Monaco, Switzerland, Scotland, UAE, India, Bali, Zambia and Sweden.
If I, as a passionate gastronaut, were planning any holiday travel (both in Australia and overseas) within the next twelve months, my first job would be buying a copy of this book, working out my itinerary based on their extensive and diligent research, booking my restaurants, then booking my flights and accommodation in accordance with the aforementioned.
Around The World in 80 Dinners by Janne Apelgren and Joanna Savill is published by Melbourne University Publishing (South Carlton, Victoria, Australia, October 2016, sc, 266pp). It is available where all good books are sold, and retails in Australia for RRP print A$45 or eBook A$22.99
Helen Ellis is food blogger, writer and enthusiastic cook and eater of all foods, except offal. She is retired following a lifetime of varied career paths which intertwined hospitality with the employment industry, lives in Hobart, dines out regularly and maintains contact with the outside world online daily. She also conducts Thai cooking classes in any spare time she finds herself with.
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