Robb Walsh has traveled the globe with his backpack and palate, taking stock of the world's culinary phenomena, and offering up a few of his own. In this collection of essays and recipes, he recounts his last few years of seeking out savory adventures. But whether dining in the Deep South or amongst those Cranky Europeans, Walsh finds that understanding the people and culture behind the dishes is often more challenging than simply digesting the food. And as cities across America become increasingly multicultural, one need not even leave town to unearth the most unusual international cuisine. Seasoned by Walsh's open mind and sly wisdom, Are You Really Going to Eat That? is an ode to the definitive power of food--to heal, communicate, and above all, make us swoon.
Robb Walsh is the restaurant critic of the Houston Press, the former food columnist for Natural History magazine, and former editor in chief of Chile Pepper magazine. He is the author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook, and the upcoming The Tex Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes (Broadway, 2004), and the co-author of several other cooking and travel books. He lives in Houston.