The Jamison's are famous for their great collection of cook books like The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining. Over the years they have revolutionized barbecue & grilling with their works that take the worlds cuisines out to the patio. In this book the Jamison's take a trip from their regular fare and deliver up an entertaining journey around the world as they travel and eat their way through 10 countries in 80 days.
This fascinating journey isn't a cookbook, though you do get 10 authentic and involved recipes from each of their primary destinations.
From David Niven to Cheryl & Bill Jamison
As a kid I loved the 1956 movie Around the World in 80 Days with David Niven. Times have certainly changed since Jules Verne's hero set off on his adventures over 120 years ago. In this trip around the world Cheryl & Bill Jamison spend their frequent flier miles, book online, and charge their way through Asia, Africa and South America on their culinary adventure to sample as much of the world's cuisines in 80 days. I have to admit that there is a certain loss of old fashioned romantic adventure in the actual journey versus Phineas Fogg's exploits but this amazing journey, real as it is, is filled with a sense of wonder that years of traveling haven't jaded.
Each of the main chapters of this book focuses on one of the ten countries visited.
In each location they search out as many food adventures as possible, whether cooking classes in Bali or spice shopping in Mumbai. Each chapter ends off with a recipe for a local favorite. Many of these recipes are adventures in their own allowing the reader to follow along in the kitchen. Being the foodies they are, the Jamison's are able to really deliver a feel for the flavor of each location they visit and the added recipes help bring the point home.
First Person We
There is one strange quirk of this book. Written by both the Jamison's this book presents an odd first person plural feel that leads to some uncomfortable sentences. Frequently the book goes from "we" to "Cheryl said" and "Bill replied". Its an odd split personality royal "we". Not too much of a distraction, but if you read this book (and I encourage you to do so) you'll see what I mean.
Worth the Trip
As with any journey there is a certain fatigue by the end of this book. Perhaps I found the Asia end a little more interesting than the wrap up in France and Brazil, but the book is well worth the journey. If you are interested in food or in travel I think you will find this a worthwhile trip to take.