The Year of Eating Dangerously

A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes

Tom Parker Bowles

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"A bracingly funny writer…Whether he's choking down dog stew in Korea or sipping cobra bile in China, Parker Bowles imbues his odyssey with self-deprecatory wit and sensitivity that make this travelogue a rare treat."--Entertainment Weekly

Tom Parker Bowles is a fiend for great flavor, and does not shy away from strange-looking, spicy, or otherwise "dangerous" foods whether in London or halfway around the world. Raised with a taste for fresh, simply prepared foods, he nevertheless was always intrigued by "exotic" foods, especially the kinds found in America--no Spanish or French food for him, thank you! "A chili freak who always carries a bottle of Tabasco" (People), Tom is no food snob.

His journey took him from the potentially lethal—fugu, the infamous poisonous blowfish —to the merely nauseating to the unexpectedly delectable. As he traveled through Asia and Europe, guided by friends and locals, he warily ate dog, snake, insects, offal, and a variety of sea creatures. In the United States, he ignored warnings from those who knew better as he eagerly stuffed himself with much too much barbecue in Tennessee and some of the hottest of the hot sauces at The National Fiery Foods Show in New Mexico. "Smart, stylish, erudite and hip in a sardonic, unmistakably limey sense--like a lost son of Nigella Lawson and Eddie Izzard" (Radar), Tom Parker Bowles makes even a cringe-worthy meal worth the trip.

 

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I realize that beery bravado was the main culprit but I do remember (very vaguely) thinking what the point was in going on a search for the hottest sauces in the world if I didn’t try at least a spatter. I imagine myself stepping up to the challenge, a brave knight fighting for the pride of his homeland.
            ‘Bollocks to that,’ says my ever-sensitive friend. ‘You were a sweaty mess, and the whole crowd was waiting to see you go down in a blaze of unglory.’
            Apparently,

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“A mix of self-deprecating humor and lightly worn erudition."--Wall Street Journal

“The Year of Eating Dangerously chronicles [Tom’s] travels...in an attempt to acquire new experiences and eat like the natives do, and ultimately what makes it so engaging is that he only partly succeeds…his sense of humor is intact throughout and never sharper than when he’s writing about himself…”--The New York Times

“A veritable culinary Odysseus...[Bowles] wins over his audience as a writer, describing dishes and sensations with the zeal of the recently famished, and his own hedonistic acts in delightful passages of unabashed bravado and self-deprecating humor” --Kirkus Reviews

"[Bowles'] sly, tongue in cheek wit...sets [The Year of Eating Dangerously] apart from Bourdain's macho, New Yorker fearlessness and serves up a funnier and more relatable dish."--Radar

“Tom Parker Bowles writes with a testosterone-inked pen.”--Slate

"The book offers more than 'he ate what?' sensationalism; it also prods our culinary preconceptions."
--Boston Globe

"Tom Parker Bowles is nothing if not a charmer. From the first page...this reader was hooked."--The Washington Times


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Tom Parker Bowles

TOM PARKER BOWLES, son of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, is a respected British food critic, with columns in The Mail on Sunday, “Night and Day” and Tatler.  He is also the author of E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed. He lives in London. 
   

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The Year of Eating Dangerously
A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes
Tom Parker Bowles

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312531034
ISBN10: 0312531036
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$22.99

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St. Martin's Press
August 2013
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ISBN: 9781466852136
ISBN10: 1466852135
400 pages
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