Andrew Zimmern’s The bizarre truth: how I walked out the door mouth first-- and came back shaking my head (New York : Broa
Posted Apr 26 2010 7:55am
My favorite thing about Zimmern’s writing style is that he is such a dork, in the most positive way possible. His approach to food is so different than other chefs (I had no idea he was a chef!), as he puts the travel experience first, with food providing the in to the local culture. His enthusiasm and joy in what he does is really over the top, hence my calling him a dork. If you’ve ever seen him on the Travel Channel (and I suppose on dvd), you know that he’s a very unassuming guy, could not blend in to any crowd to save his life, and is willing to try just about any food that he is given. Does he like it all? No, and, while very polite, calls it like it tastes.
This book recounts his travels from his home base of Minneapolis (I had no idea he lives there, certain that NYC was his home). Most of the chapters are based on a single trip to a county or an area of the world and, for the most part, are easy-going tales of his experiences. While the books is a few chapters heavy, this book is recommended due to the variety of experiences and his evident ability to find positive in so many things.