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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741408635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741408631
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,077,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"It is a lovely book..."--Julia Child, Author and Chef, Santa Barbara, CA

"Inspiring..."--Editors of "O" (The Oprah Magazine).

"Maralyn and Brenda's book is a wonderful gift for our professional industry"--Executive Chef Hector Diaz, Canada
"The commitment you've made to the pure love of food is both flattering and admirable. Thanks for the effort!"--Chef Joe Trevino, Tucson, AZ

"A very interesting book and we are very proud to be included in it."--Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg

More About the Author

Maralyn Dennis Hill, the Epecurian Explorer, was born in Chicago, Illinois. She had her first train ride at 2weeks and was hooked on travel. She says she was born to travel and tell the tale. She grew up with great cooks and enjoys all aspects of food. Maralyn writes about food, wine and travel together. She views them as a geography lesson.

In addition to Chicago, Hill lived in Connecticut, the Carolinas, and Arizona, plus some other destinations short term.

After co-authoring "Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel" with Brenda Hill (no relation), Maralyn and Brenda joined French Master Chef Hervé Laurent in writing "Cooking Secrets: The Why and How..." in 2008, and then the Hill team wrote 2009 Indie Finalist,"$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book" (a workbook on how to write a book).

Hill has hosted, produced and interviewed chefs for a Time Warner Cable show; and has been a presenter at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference, Rancho La Puerta and Infinity Authors Retreat in addition to numerous workshops. She now writes travel and food articles with her husband, Norman, as well as individually. Hill enjoys collaborating on articles. Hill is a frequent judge at food events.

Starting as a Board Member and co-chair of its Conferences/Press Trips Committee, Hill became President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) in 12-2008 to 12-2012. She is still a director.

A high-light of food, wine and travel for Maralyn was attending Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France in 2009 and 2011 with French Master Chef Herve Laurent and Brenda.

She has two great children, daughter, Lindsay and son, Eric as well as a granddaughter, Alecia.

All of this fun came after a 25 year career in business that always involved travel. She still does workshops, consulting, coaching and speaking. For a few clients, she also recommends sites for incentive programs and meetings. Hill always enjoyed business writing, marketing, and motivational copy and keeps her hand in that market.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Simmons on April 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a cooking enthusiast, former caterer, and armchair food anthropologist, I appreciate the combination of information in this book. The Hill women have given us the benefit of their extensive travel experience, as well as their own enthusiasm for an excellent meal. The personality behind the creation is usually a mystery; the interviews with the individual chefs lent the dishes a rich background. The details of the settings made me feel as though I had a seat at the table, sometimes including the name of the waitperson. I have yet to test a recipe, but will do so soon. The difficulty will be deciding with which country, and with which recipe to begin! Let's hope that this is the first of a series from the Traveling Hills. . .
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By A Customer on February 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Quoted selections from Margot Petit Nichols review from The Carmel Pine Cone on 1-18-02: "The SAFEST way to have a love affair is to have it with food and travel. The co-authors have combined their travel and culinary talents, touring around the world and across the country, picking the brains and tasting the foods of well known and emerging chefs alike. The Hill ladies come through with recipes, interviews and tips from professional kitchens in France, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Fiji and New Zealand. Back home they visit California (referred to as "cutting edge cuisine," as if we didn't know), Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda and South America.Indefatigable is one way to describe these women, and to put it simply, this book is just fun to read. Certain recipes are quite haute cuisine, such as Venison Medallions with Foie Gras and Truffle Maderia Jus, and then just beneath this, you'll fina a Grits with Lemon and Asiago Cheese recipe. If you can't get away to tour 19 countries and 17 states, get this more-than-a-cookbook, and become an armchair traveler.
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