The Best #TripLit for Foodies

Food and travel go together like, well, forks and knives. If you love good #TripLit as much as you enjoy good food, here are five delectable reads from around the world to add to your list.

  • In Alice, Let’s Eat (1978), Calvin Trillin tracks barbecue mutton to its global capital in Owensboro, Kentucky, riffs on jazz and jambalaya in New Orleans, and otherwise has us drooling across America and beyond.
  • Chinese-American journalist Jen Lin-Liu traces the heritage of the humble noodle from Beijing to Rome in her slurp-happy memoir On the Noodle Road (2013).
  • Sailor, scuba diver, and cook Ann Vanderhoof charts a savory course from the Dominican Republic toTravel Literature for Foodies Trinidad in The Spice Necklace (2009). Each chapter includes recipes for Caribbean tastes such as mango chow and ginger spice cookies. 
  • In Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto (2003), Victoria Abbott Riccari immerses herself in Japanese food culture, including oyako donburi (chicken and egg over rice) in quick-stop subway shops and smoked salmon in venerable kaiseki tea ceremony salons.
  • Long before Peter Mayle popularized Provence, M. F. K. Fisher was celebrating the French table in works like Map of Another Town (1964). In Long Ago in France (1991), Fisher samples the delights of Dijon, including “great odorous bowls of écrevisses à la nage” (poached crayfish). 

Don George is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. This piece first appeared in Traveler‘s May 2014 issue. Follow Don on Twitter @don_george.