Around the World in 80 Dinners” by Janne Apelgren and Joanna Savill

Review by Laura Frantz, collection development librarian

I hate cooking, but yet love watching food shows, reading cookbooks and looking at food blogs. I always appreciate the techniques, ingenuity and artistry that goes into each dish. Even though traveling somewhere far-flung or dining out will not happen for me anytime soon, I can still appreciate what was or what can be. “Around the World in 80 Dinners” enables me to do just that.

From food trucks to five-star restaurants, these foodies take us on a dining journey that highlights the top cuisine in a variety of destinations. Besides highlighting a restaurant’s best offerings, the book features reservation tips; any accolades received; similar places to try; budget options; and plenty of insider info. The authors spotlight Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin as a “truly great New York experience.” It’s a dining dream, but I hope I can get back to one of their Food Icon picks and a childhood favorite: Serendipity 3 for an over-the-top sundae or Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.