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 “Mimi Sheraton was one of the few critics or writers on food who, had she expressed displeasure with me, would have caused me to consider quitting the business. As a chef, I feared and respected her. As a writer and observer and enthusiast—as someone who travels largely on his stomach—I can tell you that what Mimi doesn't know is hardly worth knowing. This fat, comprehensive guide to the 1,000 foods to eat before dying is just that: 1,000 foods you NEED to try, urgently. Read ... and seek.”
Anthony Bourdain, author, host, enthusiast

"Her voluminous guidebook is an alphabetical cornucopia of food types and sources..." 
The New York Times 
 
"From abalone to za’tar, Zingermans to Achatz, and lampascioni to lasagna, Mimi Sheraton has scoured the world—both cerebral and physical—to discover the most delicious and thoughtful comestibles. Her taste is intuitive, her curiosity insatiable,  and the breadth of her knowledge, research, and experience is encyclopedic. A perfect book for expert and neophyte, it’s the definitive roadmap to gustatory revelations, wherever you are." 
Mario Batali, chef,  author, restaurateur, philanthropist

“If you love food, this is a book to read before you die! Mimi Sheraton’s knowledge of the world’s foods is legendary, as is the sharpness of her opinions. On nearly every page of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die I’ve learned something new or honed my own judgment on hers. And with its links to sources and resources all over the world, I'll be dining in and out on it for years to come.”
Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen and Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Food and Recipes
 
“There is no one more authoritative than Mimi Sheraton to help you discover 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die. And that’s because she has actually eaten each and every one of them with gusto, and with one of the world’s most discerning and educated palates. This book may just become my go-to source for new menu ideas at our restaurants!”
Danny Meyer, restaurateur and author of Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
 
“Informative, evocative, and entertaining. It’s a pleasure to check off the foods you’ve eaten and to plan to try the ones you haven’t yet enjoyed.”
Marcus Samuelsson, cookbook author, chef, owner of Red Rooster Harlem
 
“Few people in the world have the experience that Mimi Sheraton brings to the subject of food.  I’ll be spending the rest of my days knocking off dish by dish in 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.
Bobby Flay, chef, restaurateur
 
 “We are forever grateful to the incomparable Mimi Sheraton for her knowledge and certainty as a journalist and critic.”
Thomas Keller, chef/proprietor of The French Laundry
 
“I’m in awe of Mimi’s ability to compile such a beautiful and insightful book, again proving why she is one of the most important food writers of our time. This book is a gift to all food lovers, a thorough, delicious guide on the best dishes and ingredients around the globe.”
Daniel Humm, chef/owner, Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad
 
“Who else would you trust on topics ranging from English jellied eel to hokey pokey ice cream from New Zealand and everything in between? Only the well seasoned Mimi Sheraton.”
Grant Achatz, chef/co-owner Alinea, Next, the Aviary
 
“Mimi Sheraton has always reminded us that eating is an activity as much of the imagination as of the palate and the tongue. In 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die, she reaps the rich harvest of her prodigious gifts of endless curiosity, lightly worn knowledge, and elegance of style. She has provided us with a feast to be tasted and savored with the greatest pleasure.”
Mary Gordon, author of The Liar’s Wife and Final Payments
 
“Gargantuan in its appetite and encyclopedic in its scope, this is the most comprehensive book ever written on the great foods of the world.  The book every food writer dreams of writing. A tour de force.”
Steven Raichlen, author of the Barbecue! Bible cookbooks and host of Primal Grill
 
“Mimi Sheraton has written the definitive international guide for food lovers. Each page is filled with culinary treasures and surprises, presented in an engaging and entertaining manner. Reading and dining pleasure awaits you!”
Drew Nieporent, restaurateur, Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Bâtard
 
"This book reads like a map to many of the great food experiences the world has to offer. A valuable addition to any food library.”
Eric Ripert, chef, Le Bernardin, author Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert

"To this non-foodie, 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die was a revelation—perhaps the most useful travel guide on my shelf. I'm heading to Marrakesh for tagine right now."
Andrew McCarthy, travel writer, actor, director

"Mimi Sheraton is a national treasure. Her knowledge of food can't be beat—if anyone knows the 1,000 foods of a lifetime, it's Mimi."
Daniel Boulud, chef, Restaurant Daniel, New York City

“An epic to-do list, compiled over a lifetime of eating and traveling.”
Eater.com

From the Back Cover

Drawn from cuisines around the globe—French, Italian, Chinese, and Indian, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Thai, and good old-fashioned American—here are the tastes, ingredients, restaurants, dishes, and recipes (more than 70) that every food lover should experience or dream about, whether it’s dinner at Chicago’s Alinea, the perfect empanada, or a stroll in the markets of Palermo. Joyous, surprising, informative, and described in mouthwatering detail, each entry shines with the passion of one of the world’s most celebrated food writers saying: You must try this. Nuts-and-bolts information at the end of each entry tells you where to taste the dish or find the ingredients, and where to go for the best recipes or find further information.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761141685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761141686
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If one is to name the single most knowledgeable person about food on planet Earth, it would be Mimi Sheraton. She is also --by far-- the most experienced food critic in an area where experience matters the most, a field in which the expert is the expert. She has an insatiable curiosity, does her homework, visits countries, argues with locals, tries all manner of restaurants, and is never fooled by hot air or pseudosophistication.
I have seen it with my own eyes. Over the past 34 years i watched her in action, particularly when after my graduation, I would go order for her in restaurants so the food would get to the table before the waiters recognized her. She did not use her priviledge as a food critic to get the better quality food and service than the rest of the people --a testament of both ethics and curiosity.
As I said she is the real thing; this book is the real book.
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Recipes? This is not a cookbook! This is Mimi Sheraton’s 21st Century Food Encyclopedia! A coup de maître: the knowledge, the research, the finesse, the precision, the sources, the history, down to the minutest details. It is an overwhelming achievement.
I cannot stay away from it. I keep going back for more and more delights old and new and long-cherished foods while throughout the whole book that loving passion of food of hers shines and permeates the entire masterpiece.
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So, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. This wound up being more but still different than what I imagined.

The more

This is dividing into cultures. The best of the best foods from many cultures around the world. I really enjoyed when I got to the England and Ireland portion as my family is from England however I have sadly never been there! This brought back a lot of memories from my grandmother’s cooking. Oh, and I learned why afternoon tea is such a lovely idea! My absolute favorite meal of all time, Roast and Yorkshire Pudding! YUMS! I get this for my birthday every year. Although we have a recipe I’m curious about the recipe she put in here from The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast by Brian Yarvin. Yet another good place for food apparently!

So, on and on and ON this goes. 1,000 different foods that are from around the world. Amazing that the author was able to compile such a complete and very satisfying list. I have already wanted to travel the world but this just makes that wish greater. Now when I travel I’ll have many places to eat.

The different, sort of…

The author also puts in a few recipes. I was hoping for more, sadly. Summer Pudding is one of the ones that I cannot wait to try! Says it serves 6 to 8 but I don’t know if I’ll be sharing. There are only a few but they all look great. Maybe this is a downer because I am curious about making Boef Bourguignon but I don’t know if I’m that adept in the kitchen! Mimi makes it sound so easy! Or to try the Poulet Farnese! I may not be able to pronounce it but chicken, hazelnuts, and cognac?! Yes please!

In short:

Although there weren’t not as many recipes as I originally hoped, this does give me places to start.
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"1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die," by Mimi Sheraton, is clearly a labor of love. Divided by region of the world and then by country, the book gives brief (approximately one-page) descriptions of foods from the British isles, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, the Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, Greece, the Caribbean, the various regions of Africa, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and, of course, the United States and Canada, as well as other places. The descriptions are well written and provide a real sense of how the dish tastes. Some of the descriptions are accompanied by mouth-watering colored pictures.

At the end of each food is a list of places to find the food both in the country of origin and (where available) in the United States. Sources are given if the food is available online or through mail order. Finally, where recipes are available, these are also noted.

This is an encyclopedic, well-written work anyone interested in sampling the foods of this world will find fascinating.
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OK, it's close to 1,00 pages but it's not a boring reading. It has lots of good information and while some cuisines are covered more in depth than others, nevertheless, all the world's major cuisines are covered here. It is not a cookbook, rather a large but not necessarily comprehensive list of dishes and foods that are considered reference standard for each culture and place. While some complain that it's just a list and dings the book for not having recipes, I am fine with the way it is. When I read it and a dish piques my interest, I can always GOOGLE it for more info. It serves as a gateway into a given culture by means of introduction of the food and dishes. I got my book used, on the cheap. Definitely worth reading if you love cooking and traveling.
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I see others expected recipes. I'll tell you what, would rather eat someone else's professional creation than try something myself for the first time, maybe with or without the proper cookware/atmosphere/exact ingredients, and feel I missed something great simply because I can't cook. It was exactly what I expected - it wasn't 1000 Foods to Cook or 1000 Recipes to Try. I love this book! I am going to work my way slowly and fatly through it. This book is chock full of history, origins, iconic restaurants, regional variations, education in choosing a type, experiences, etc.
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