Creator of the “Restaurant Girl” blog delivers a fresh and saucy beginner’s guide to eating out in the new American food scene--a multicultural landscape of delights from a restaurant world insider.
For unconventional food and restaurant critic Danyelle Freeman, the true joy of eating is in the act of discovery. Try This is her ode to the pleasures of culinary tourism--a lively guide that offers myriad answers to the question “what should we eat tonight?” From Bahn Mi to Bocadillos, Spotted Dick to Soup Dumplings, Mezze to Ma Po Tofu, this global gastronomic travelogue introduces wonderfully delicious foods sure to pique even the most adventurous palate. Here, too, are sidebars and mini-essays that explore everything from how to navigate the place settings at a French restaurant to tips for culturally sensitive dinner table manners.
Convivial, encouraging, and hip, Try This is the essential companion for anyone who loves to eat out, yet is put off by strange sounding entrees, mysterious looking plates of food, or unfamiliar utensils. “I’m writing this book for anyone who’s ever looked at a menu and had a question. Anyone who’s had a plate put in front of him and wondered what the hell was in it?” Freeman writes. “But there’s no reason to be intimidated--not by a place setting that includes a different dozen types of silverware and certainly not by the menu. It’s not rocket science. It’s food. Like everything else worth knowing, you have to learn the basics--the tricks of the trade, the dos and don’ts, the way to get the most of every single morsel that cross your tongue. Life is one long feast. Devour it.”