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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition first Printing edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rita serves up a tasty smorgasbord of stories—funny, heartwarming, and quirky. These tales remind us of what we seek in our own life's journey: a meaningful connection with people we meet and joy in finding new friends in unexpected places. Whether you choose to stay home or start packing, these stories will stir you."
—Maya Frost, author of The New Global Student
 
“Charming - a wonderful gift for your nomadic friends. The book will inspire you to travel, to cook, and, to get your own stories committed to the page!”
—Julie Conover, PassportToAdventure.com, Host & Producer
 
“Rita and friends take you on a virtual and culinary global adventure that is sure to evoke a range of emotions. A must-read for both the armchair and active traveler.”—Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick guides for women travelers.
 
“Rita Golden Gelman’s book pulsates with life’s flavors—both in the stories and the recipes that accompany them. Remarkably, all royalties will be donated through two Rotary clubs to provide scholarships for young adults in a Delhi slum.    As a Rotarian myself, I salute Rita and savor her book. So will you.”
—Karin Treiber, PhD, Rotarian, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Thanks to Rita and her friends, the world just got a little smaller.  This inspirational book simultaneously illustrates how large and small our global community has become.  By sharing recipes, customs, and lives, we are ushered through an exotic world of experiences.”
—John O. Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

“These wonderfully poignant stories speak to the inner-nomad in all of us, reminding us of the joy and warmth we feel when sharing laughter, tears, and meals across cultures.”
—Sara LaRosa, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tonga 2006-2008

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I have devoured this book...in more ways than one.
Victoria Allman
The stories within the book attempted to follow a very loose theme, but I felt like they were bits and pieces, randomly put together.
Biblioholic Beth
These essays are very diverse in style and subject, including poignant stories alongside the humorous, as well as in location.
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Connection is the self-proclaimed theme of Rita Golden Gelman's life. She hearkens back to a time of yore by calling herself a modern-day nomad. In Female Nomad and Friends, she is in hunter-gather mode collecting recipes from around the globe via submissions to her website. They are meticulously blended with real-life stories of 41 women who take a leap of faith and reach out to another human being - whether across town or across the world. Every hint of zest is appreciated and recognized in this culinary community of over 25 ethnic dishes.

Golden Gelman upped the ante even further by donating all of the proceeds of the book to a scholarship fund. It will enable high school graduates in the slums of India to attend vocational schools. The funds are being administered through a Maryland chapter of the Rotary Club. With a soul full of wanderlust, she may not have a permanent address, but Golden Gelman certainly does not equate the absence of hearth and home with a lack of responsibility.

The book is divided into five sections: Connecting, Mixed Messages, Language, Passion and Food. The recipes range from the familiar - Grandma's fried chicken - to the exotic - sun-dried worms. However, the downright peculiar are thankfully omitted (Filipino head of the dog, anyone?).

Among the accompanying stories, there are several stand-outs. One woman experiences the ultimate in hospitality when an elderly woman offers to carry her on her back across a flooded Vietnamese street. Another answers a want ad for a housekeeper and discovers a lonely Alaskan looking for a wife. A Swedish exchange student experiences her first Thanksgiving, Texas-style. An American schoolteacher in France is invited to the sumptuous table of her student's family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on July 22, 2010
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Food. Travel. Vignettes gathered from here, there, everywhere. Perfect for those of us who only have a scattered minute or two to read every day. One of the things I liked about Female Nomads is that while it might loosely fall in to the genre of "travel memoir", because each small essay is totally self-contained, and because they were crafted by various authors (and non-authors) and even a few male nomads, the book remained fresh from the first page to the last. I would have loved more recipes, though the ones included were almost as entertaining as the stories themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ginicar on December 6, 2012
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Rita Golden Gelman's books - and her life - are all about connecting with others. That's especially likely to happen when she's on the road or in someone's kitchen. Female Nomad and Friends sets the stage with the subtitle: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World. Gelman invites readers to connect with 41 writers of travel tales and to wet our pallets with nearly as many recipes from around the globe.

Maybe the thought of leaving your comfort zone to travel in a foreign country gives you the willies. If you're not ready to pack up for an overseas trip, you might want to warm up by trying the culinary treats the authors offer. You surely will want to settle down for a good read about the journeys of Rita Golden Gelman and friends. Among the five broad categories in the book, only one is called "Connecting." But in one way or another they are all about getting to know and appreciate others through Language, Passion, Food - and even Mixed Messages. Their stories illustrate that if we're as open and welcoming as the people we meet on the road, we need never be lonely. After reading the book, You just might be inspired to take off on your own.

One remarkable aspect of the book is how much joy and inspiration even the very short stories convey. In the introduction Gelman says that when she and her co-author planned the book they looked for stories "with heart - where the writer's soul shines through the words." And that's exactly what they offer us in this nourishing potpourri of words.

If it's not enough to be stimulated, amused and provoked by the stories, along with a mouth-watering recipes to try, there's one more bonus. All the book's royalties will go to a scholarship fund that enables kids living in a New Delhi, India slum to attend a vocational school.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on July 21, 2010
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I have read Ms. Gelman's other book and found it to be somewhat interesting and picked this book out of an uninspiring list of books to review at Vine Amazon, simply because I had read her other book.

And this book was the best book I have read in quite some time. If you are a foodie and have wanderlust in your heart ... this book is perfect for you! To my surprise, there are recipes throughout the book and I love it (even though I might have to pay an arm and leg for some of the ingredients to be shipped to my rural area). Not only are the recipes inspiring, the stories are perfect for satisfying the wanderlust that I have every once in awhile. If you're like me and can't get away because you have young children and other responsibilities going on, this book is perfect for those lazy summer nights to read. It is, I must say, pure bliss.

There are so many different stories in here that I cannot simply pick one to rave about. There are stories of women traveling the world (and yes, there are a couple of stories from men's viewpoints but it's mostly written by women), in search of their dreams, romance, love, food, or whatever drives them to explore the great planet that we live on. Their stories are vividly described and takes you to the remote corners of the world as well as in our back yards. If nothing else, these stories will inspire you to find your passion and dreams even if you are homebound. Something about these women's stories will bring out the creative spirit within and the recipes ... are literally mouth-watering.

These stories are not of the selfish variety where a person talks nonstop about oneself. I found these stories to be of tales that travelers might share with one another over a cup of hot tea/coffee or even over a camp fire.
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