Some books

Books are the anti-blog: the product of time and consideration and a lot of hard work. Alas, they also go out of date. So here are a few of our more recent titles. Click on the book jackets to open Amazon.com and order your copy.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Boston

OK, we have to admit that our hometown of Cambridge gets a longer chapter than any of the Boston neighborhoods, but even Bostonians say that the best place to eat in Boston is Cambridge. You’ll find all the top restaurants in both cities and immediate suburbs, but we’re even prouder that this book will point you to what might be the best Greek yogurt in New England (certain top chefs certainly think so), the best source for Polish deli meats, the best Salvadoran seafood stew, or the best Somali pastries. You have to scratch the surface of Boston to find it, but real food culture invests the neighborhoods with a richness that’s often overlooked.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Vermont & New Hampshire

In some ways, this book exemplifies what Globe Pequot’s Food Lovers’ series is all about: tastes of the fields, forests, and meadows of a region. Even we were surprised by the breadth of great food in these two small states. Vermont’s always been known for its cheddar cheese and maple syrup, but who knew that some of the best artisanal cheeses in America were coming from both these states? Or that a few ingenious producers are making good estate-grown wine, world-class mead, and some striking distilled spirits? We were also struck by some astonishing chocolatiers. This book will steer you to all the farmstands, cheesemakers, and backwoods smokehouses.

Frommer’s Spain

We were extremely fortunate to be asked to pick up the baton from the team that had been writing the main Frommer’s guide to Spain for many years. This 19th edition represents our take on the country. As in our Frommer’s Spain Day by Day (see below), we’ve highlighted a lot of food and wine, dug into local music scenes, and tried to revitalize shopping to emphasize things you’ll want to live with. You’ll still find the useful city and region maps, museum floor plans, and many of the other features readers have come to expect from Frommer’s guides. You’ll also get some great color photos and our opinionated prose.

Ultimate Food Journeys

We’re proud to have contributed to this beautiful coffee-table volume from Dorling Kindersley, the acknowledged master of illustrated travel guides. Ultimate Food Journeys takes readers on a gastronomic global tour to highlight authentic foods in their original setting. There’s just enough about the place to understand the dish in its historical, geographic, and cultural context. We were very pleased to be asked to write the selections dealing with New England and Spain. We also wrote the introduction, which begins ”Somewhere in the world, it’s always time for dinner.” We’re eager to learn what’s on the menu around the rest of the world – and will be looking to our fellow contributors for guidance.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Montreal

We made our first romantic getaway to Montreal only months after we met. Once we tasted the croissants, we knew we would be back again and again. We think of Montreal both as our second home and as the bridgehead between French cooking and North American bounty. This book should help you locate some of the top bistros and fine dining restaurants, the best delis to buy smoked meat, and even the best bars to get blasted on local beer. There’s even a recipe for real French macarons. One extensive chapter deals with the Eastern Townships, source of so much of Montreal’s great butter and cheese, succulent lamb, and sweet berries.

Frommer’s Spain Day by Day

This is our bid to take readers by the hand through Spain’s big cities and rural countryside alike—with a special interest in the gastronomy of the regions. The book is organized with itineraries that travelers can actually do in the specified number of days. Among our favorites are the wine routes of northern Spain (far beyond the predictable tours of La Rioja), the gastronomic tours of Catalunya and Valencia, and the startling harbors and pintxos of the Basque coast. In contrast to older-style guides, Frommer’s pulled out all the stops to produce lots and lots of detailed maps and stupendous photos. Neil Edward Schlect covered Barcelona and the Balearics.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Massachusetts

New, updated edition. Everything you wanted to know to find growers, fish markets, candymakers, bakers, farmers’ markets, dairies, etc. in the Bay State. We think it’s a pretty good guide to the Massachusetts food scene–from the ubiquitous clam chowder and baked beans to less obvious delicacies such as pistachio biscotti, sweet potato jam, and ricotta-sage ravioli. It has some pretty nifty recipes, too.

PF SpainPauline Frommer’s Spain

Spend less, see more: That’s the philosophy behind Pauline Frommer’s guides. They show how to truly experience a culture, meet locals, and save money. Along with our admittedly opinionated take on the sights, you’ll also find industry secrets on how to find the best hotel rooms, and extensive details on alternative accommodations, great neighborhood restaurants, and offbeat finds. You want to know where to find real flamenco? Look here. And we’ll also tell you where to eat before the midnight show. We wrote Madrid and Andalucía.

Meaning of FoodThe Meaning of Food

Companion volume to the moving and informative PBS series of the same name, in conjunction with producer Sue McLaughlin. The book retells the 13 episodes of the series, including recipes for ethnic specialties, but it also provides the broader cultural, physiological, and psychological background on why we eat what we eat. As Plutarch observed, “We do not sit at the table only to eat, but to eat together.”

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