Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist

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Lonely Planet does it time after time – another superb book for the book shelves – or for the coffee table to dip in and out of depending on the amount of time available.

The book takes you off on flights of nostalgia and planning

I sat down to eat breakfast and have a quick look at Ultimate Eatlist. Two hours later it was approaching coffee time and the dishes were still unwashed. The book is so interesting you just have to keep turning pages, or stopping to look things up and then heading off on another flight of nostalgia or wish list planning.

In the book’s 300 plus pages are mini reviews of the world’s top 500 food experiences (ranked).

The reviews are atmospherically delightful, and another delight is reading about the favourite food experiences of 20 of the world’s top chefs and food writers, and there are also superb pictures to be oohed and ahhed over.

Listings of the world’s top 500 food experiences

At number one in the Eatlist is San Sebastián and its fantastic pintxos bars.

Following on, and in no particular order, are the likes of Berlin’s museum devoted to currywurst; Vietnam’s crispy pancakes; a bowl of Dublin’s Irish stew; tarte tatin warm from the kitchen of the Hotel Tatin in the Loire – delicious; custard tarts from Lisbon – also delicious; durian fruit from Malaysia; pad thai from a Bangkok street stall; snail porridge at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.

What comes in at no 500? Find out for yourself.

Memories of my travels which have taken in fresh baked empanadas, Wiener schnitzel and Sacher Torte in Vienna, moussaka in Athens , seeing Scottish salmon being smoked, barbeques in America came flooding back …. Supper tonight will be so boring.

Grab a suitcase and passport and head off

Oh my goodness, if ever there was a book which makes this foody traveller want to grab a suitcase and passport and head off – the moreish Ultimate Eatlist has to be it.

Ultimate Eatlist. Lonely Planet. ISBN: 9781787014213. £24.99.
lonelyplanet.com/ultimate-eats.

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