We are fond of reading. We are fond of traveling. We are fond of opening a book at the beginning of a long flight and having nothing to distract us from said book until we land. Here are some books we’ve been eyeing lately. We think they’d be great books for people who love to travel.
Travel Books for Foodies, or Food Books for Travelers
The Food and Wine of France by Edward Behr is a search for and an ode to traditional French foodways.
Salt and Silver: Travel, Surf, Cook by Riffelmacher & Kosikowski. Beautiful photos draw the reader into a dreamy seaside world of comfortable meals in the golden light and long shadows of a beach sunset. The recipes look like they’d be fun to make, but I might get distracted trying to book tickets to a seasonally-appropriate beach.
The History of the World in 500 Walks by Sarah Baxter
This book came out the same year we started this website, and we were a little miffed that someone else had come up with the same brilliant name, so we didn’t read it until recently, when Paul from Vanamos found it at the bookstore and thought it would be a funny gift. I really loved this poignant reflection by travel writer Laura Fraser, who also wrote An Italian Affair about her post-divorce romance with a French man in Italy. Fraser reflects on her years of travel writing and whether her pursuit of adventure has been worth the cost to her personal life. It’s sort of Eat Pray Love-ish, but maybe a little more relatable.
Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert. Speaking of Eat, Pray, Love… Christine Gilbert tells another travel tale in Mother Tongue, where she describes her family’s efforts at language learning around the world.
The Wonder Trail by Steve Hely. TV writer Steve Hely tells tales that seem too outrageous to be true of a trip from LA to the tip of Chile.
Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road by Nicholas Kontis shares his own travel stories but invites the reader to join the fun, sharing strategies for getting authentic local experiences in even the most touristed destinations. Just how do you get yourself invited to dine with a local when you’re in town for only a short time? Kontis offers information about resources frequent travelers use to share experiences, meals, and homes with strangers who become friends.
Travel Deeper: A Globetrotter’s Guide to Starting a Business Abroad by Ryan Spiegel, an American who moved to Nicaragua and opened a hostel there.
How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been by Pierre Bayard
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn. A cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. We had to end with a Paris novel, of course. Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
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