The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First... and Came Back Shaking My Head

Andrew Zimmern, Author Broadway Books $24.99 (271p) ISBN 978-0-7679-3129-8
Host of his own Travel Channel show, chef and food writer Zimmern has made a career of unusual travel destinations and even more unusual food. In this memoir of his exotic experiences, Zimmern shares his favorite experiences as well as his broad-mined approach to the world. From illegal lobsters in Cuba to roasted bats in Samoa to a simple bowl of noodles in Guangzhou, China, Zimmern lets his gusto be his guide, resulting in a passionate but messy read. While he helpfully avoids overloading readers with shock after shock (knowingly referring to himself as ""a guy who eats bugs""), he's seemingly uncertain whether to organize his stories by theme or location, leading to repetition nonetheless. Popular ecological themes-sustainable food production, neutral carbon footprints, local ingredients-wend throughout, but the tantalizing focus is Zimmern's unrelentingly positive methods of travel and immersion, emphasizing keystone values like graciousness, open-mindedness and leaving assumptions behind while stirring readers' appetite for adventure.
Reviewed on: 09/07/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-0-7679-3130-4
Open Ebook - 170 pages - 978-0-307-58922-4
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4159-6689-1
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