A Fork in the Road by James Oseland

A Fork in the Road

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherA Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road2014 James Beard Award Nominee and 2014 Society of Travel Writers Foundation Thomas Lowell Travel Journalism Bronze Award Winner for Travel BookJoin us at the table for this 34-course banquet of original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs sharing their life-changing food experiences.The dubious joy of a Twinkie, ...

Details A Fork in the Road

TitleA Fork in the Road
Release DateDec 1st, 2013
PublisherLonely Planet
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Travel, Writing, Essays, Foodie, Short Stories

Reviews A Fork in the Road

  • Lily
    This was a delight to read, and truly served a very important purpose. To distract me and comfort me while the whole world is going to shit. I had noticed a pattern that my reading has been pretty heavy the past few books, and was really just desperate for something fun and fluffy à la Norah Ephron. And boy did the food writers who compiled A Fork in the Road deliver! I mean the lady who wrote Under the Tuscan Goddamned Sun wrote an essay.Readin...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Better than average anthology, by which I mean I enjoyed about three quarters of the essays (average being about half). These are pretty short entries, around ten small format pages apiece, so they go quickly. There doesn't seem to be any particular order, so you can skip around, picking the authors you like or the titles that intrigue. But try to get around to all the essays, because there are some that might surprise. I enjoyed a quirky essay b...
  • Margaret
    This book combines two of my favourite things: food and travel.I especially loved the article by Giles Coren about Hostess Twinkies. It totally took me back to my childhood and my obsession with getting to taste one. And my experience when I finally did mirrored his completely.Fantastic book, but beware the urge to snack whilst reading.
  • Asha
    This was so highly variable. Some of the stories were wonderful, entertaining reflections on food and travel. Others should perhaps have had more careful editorial guidance, and were a struggle to get through, often lapsing into self-indulgence.
  • Nina
    Essays about food AND travel? Sign me up! As with any essay collection, it's a bit hit or miss, but the hits are a delight and even the misses aren't terrible. Jane and Michael Stern's essay about the nudie truck stop is definitely among the hits.
  • Chrissy
    Great collection of short stories - all of them well written! Great read of you love food or love travel or especially both!
  • Maggie Skarich Joos
    Fun anthology of food and travel stories. You will know a lot of the authors from tv and foodie "royalty".
  • Dominic
    I have never really thought about reading a book about food. Don't get me wrong, I love food; I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love trying new foods and when I travel I do try to find and sample as many of the local specialities as I can. However, it has never crossed my mind that reading about food (other than a recipe book) was a thing. But, when I subscribed to Kobo for the year and got a free ebook from a choice of terrible looking titl...
  • Candice
    I love my food porn seasoned with tidbits of information. Curtis Stone ran the bulls in Pamplona! Carla Hall was a model in Paris! Gael Greene writes erotic fiction! And most astonishingly of all, James Oseland was a punk in the 70’s!! I read essays that made me hungry and essays that made me squeamish. I wish to be an adventurous eater, but I draw the line at blood soup and maggot cheese.
  • Georgie
    A fantastic little collection. Writers and chefs who love food share stories about dishes that they enjoyed in a particular place at a particular time and which changed or had significance in their lives personally or professionally. Some of them write about favourite dishes enjoyed at the tables of their own families, others write about the food of their home country, while others describe trips to destinations around the world defined by the me...
  • Amy
    While reading this book I was reminded of ordering whole grilled sardines in Portugal. They were served whole: eyes, scales, guts, and all. I wondered if I had the guts to eat this small school staring up at me from my plate. I did. I paid for it later. This was a reminder of what I already knew: my stomach is not as adventurous as I am. These 34 essays by various food/travel writers about food span the globe and range of experience. Some are mer...
  • Ellyn
    This is a book of short essays about food, specifically food that is connected to a travel experience or strong sense of place for each author. Most of the authors are food writers or chefs. I love travel, and I love food, so it seemed like the perfect book for me! I did enjoy it, some stories more than others, and it was fun to reflect on my own experiences with food growing up and during my travels as an adult. It took me a while to get through...
  • Anne Green
    A piece of light indulgence rather like a tasty snack that whets the appetite for more. This collection is described as a "34-course banquet of original stories" and there's definitely all the variety of a banquet. The consistent theme is food and travel, those subjects of perennial appeal. All the stories are well written and bear evidence of each author's passion for his or her subject. Interesting to read those by well known Australian foodies...
  • Danielle
    A Fork in the Road is a book full of travel writing/food essays. Each writer shares a story about food most often though not always related to a travel experience. As is usually the case with these types of compilations I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. I liked the ones where people wove their experiences in with the food more than those that seemed to just concentrate on the food itself. I read this for a book club, so I'll be inte...
  • Meredith Walker
    This is a wonderfully accessible exploration of how food and drink is so much more than food and drink. The 34 original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs are as digestible as the life-changing food experiences they describe. Although, like all short story collections really, it has its highs and lows to provide readers with favourite chapters to savour and other, more self-indulgent ones that might be skipped through more quickly.
  • Marlene
    I love food-related essays and this one didn't disappoint. Most entries are short. Some are funny. Others are heartbreaking. I was especially touched by the Ozersky's story of his trip to Paris with his father. Tamasin Day-Lewis describes fishing with family and friends off the coast of Ireland. The decription of cooking and eating the catch will make your mouth water. Fans of Ruth Reichl anf M.F.K. Fisher won't want to miss this.
  • Carina
    This collection of short stories has the perfect combination of food and travel experiences. The wildly varying writing styles are all faithful to communicating the meaning and joy that food brings to our lives, and how it etches itself into our memories. I wasn't familiar with all the authors names, but have discovered some that I am going to pursue further now.
  • Laura
    It's a great book. Really. The short stories are intriguing and draw you in. It almost creates a green eyed monster within you. However, I have a hard time focuses on multiple stories. Some were almost too short, not giving you enough time to get into them. Be sure to have a snack when you read this - you surely will be hungry!
  • Becky
    I love memoirs and essays, especially when food and travel are involved, so this collection was made for me. Some of these were wonderful, others were ok. But the best truly transported me. Kaui Hart Hemmings writes beautifully about cross cultural adoption and Madhur Jaffrey takes readers on a lovely tour of Sri Lanka. I'm also looking forward to reading more from Anabel Langbien.
  • Kayla Tornello
    It was interesting to get so many different perspectives on food experiences that stood out to the different writers. It was interesting to read their unique stories. I also appreciated that these experiences occurred all over the world. None of the stories really stood out and seemed that great to me, but none of them were poorly written, either.
  • Jack Miskiewicz
    Some stories left me bewildered - how could anyone be interested in paragraph after paragraph of describing Thanksgiving dinner at their aunt's house? Others left me yearning for more. I can't pinpoint the secret ingredient but I suspect it is feelings. Unfortunately, the majority fell in the category of the former.
  • Kristine
    Because this is a collection of stories it took me forever to read it. There was nothing to keep me interested in going back to it. I read this as part of a challenge this year to read a book with a utensil in the title but not Autobiography of a Spoon. I tried several and came to the conclusion that I am just not into cutlery titled books.
  • Kathy
    It looks like I took 6 months to read this and I guess I did. It's all short stories about different people in the food world and their memorable experience with food Some were tedious to read but others got me totally involved with the food. I used this book as a time filler and not a cover to cover read
  • Christina
    A nice mix of up-and-coming and well-established authors,many of them contributing writers for "Saveur," are included in this anthology. I intended to use this as inspiration for my own writing yet I found myself putting this down after only 9 of the stories. Perhaps I prefer my bite-sized food reading in monthly magazine format.
  • Liz
    Beautiful compilation of stories from individuals passionate about food and travel. Highly recommend-- especially the stories with Adam and Eve Diner, the barbecue hunt across the state of Georgia, the story about the kitschy new step mum and the pink-purple squid sambal, Michael Pollan's take on Kim chi, and Marcus Samuelsson's quest for fugu and overall epiphany about Japanese cuisine.
  • Kris Rude
    Very uneven. Some really super essays and some that made me wonder how low the bar is for food writers. Or maybe the editor just took random clips from already existing work and had to reach to fill the space? A quick read so I didn't mind, but I've certainly read better compilations. Don't read it on an empty stomach, though - some of the food descriptions will leave you drooling.
  • Kathleen
    I loved this book as it could be picked up for quick reads. The various writers were knowledgeable about food and travel. It was entertaining and I think this is one of my favorite books. From Francine Prose to Curtis Stone I devoured every story. Read it and savor!
  • Allison Horton
    I picked this up for the stories by Curtis Stone, Alice Waters, Martin Yan and Michael Pollan. But I truly enjoyed it for the wonderful surprises of other stories from writers I'd never read before. Wonderful - will re-read these over and over.