Atlas Obscura Presents the ‘Gastro Obscura’ Book by Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras

Brought to you by author Cecily Wong and the curious minds at Atlas Obscura — which we’ve covered many times around here — the new book titled Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide follows in the footsteps of their first book, taking you on an eye-opening adventure through the often-surprising culinary world.

From the description (slightly edited for readability):

This breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. Ready for a beer made from fog in Chile? Sardinia’s “Threads of God” pasta? Egypt’s 2000-year-old egg ovens?

But far more than a menu of curious minds delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on…

  • History: Trace the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories.
  • Culture: Picture four million women gathering to make rice pudding.
  • Travel: Scale China’s sacred Mount Hua to reach a tea house.
  • Festivals: Feed wild macaques pyramid of fruit at Thailand’s Monkey Buffet Festival.

…and hidden gems that might be right around the corner, like the vending machine in Texas dispensing full sized pecan pies. Dig in and feed your sense of wonder.

The book is organized by country and is full of utterly fascinating facts about our relationship with gastronomy, with lavish illustrations and well-researched and engaging writing that you won’t want to put down. Just don’t go in thinking you’re going to find a bunch of recipes — this is NOT a cookbook.

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