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In Culinary Travels: Memories Made at the Table, Emily Szajda reminds us that life is all about food and that we can’t live without it. Every part of the world has its particular dishes that sparkle with the flavor of the region. Studying these culinary differences is like looking at a world map: the flavors, the smells, and the stories that accompany the foods all represent a distinct portrait of the culture and the lives of the people. Food defines the community as it brings people together to celebrate, commemorate, or even just visit. From an afternoon tea of freshly baked scones in England to Coquille St. Jacques in Brittany to the savory soft focaccia bread of Italy, food unites people and stories and defines both the place and the moment in time. It's all about a simple act of breaking bread together, of creating a lifetime experience full of memories, love, friendship, and most importantly, food.
Emily Szajda’s Culinary Travels is much more than just another cookbook. This is a narrative about food, a memoir of food-inspired events, and a travelogue. The author takes the reader on a fascinating and tasty journey through Europe using food as her guide. Telling stories about her travels, she shares her experiences with food, along with carefully crafted and healthy recipes from every region she visited. Each recipe is accompanied by an anecdote describing the food and its significance in the society she’s visiting. The recipes are well laid out and easy to follow and the stunning photographs will certainly inspire readers to want to try the dish and enjoy a new culinary experience. This is a great addition to any cookbook collection, but also a wonderful treat to enjoy perusing as well as using.