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Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World Paperback – June 1, 2010
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—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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The proceeds from my purchase will support scholarships for high school graduates in India. Love that!Published 10 months ago by Emma Sue
Wonderful assortment of essays. Kelly Hayes Raitt's story from Bagdad 2003 is so touching.Published 12 months ago by Eileen Ann
Great short stories with recipes I couldn't wait to try. Reminded me of so many of my own travel experiences!Published 17 months ago by Pam Wade
was disappointed in this 'sequel' to Gelman's first book. It is a compilation of stories by others and is very uneven in quality.Published 19 months ago by JadeJ
Just not really my type of book. Nice to read at bedtime to relax, especially since one can jump to any chapter.Published 23 months ago by rosie
I loved Tales of a female nomad and took it on my last trip to NZ, since I was going to spend some time in the Coromandel Peninsula and Mrs. Gelman spoke about that part of NZ. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Honey Comb
Did not like it as well as her first book. TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD. There were just too many receipes. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Ingrid Dannhauser