There is no reason to be intimidated by menus and the food named on them any more. Danyelle Freeman who seems to be obsessed with all kinds of food from peanut butter to caviar explains and describes apparently any cuisine that exists in the following; British, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese. She also includes small essays on reading your date by dining out, diner's rights, mastering a restaurant, manners and table etiquette in the different cultures.
She has no love for extremely hot spicy foods, so she does differentiate between degrees of heat, which helps those of us that are not fond of our mouths on fire. There are many times she assumes you know terms, such as plancha. There really should have been a glossary. Others she explains. This is a continual listing of food she has explored and eaten, mostly in New York City, but the menus could exist anywhere else in the world.
This book will make you more aware of the nuances of your food and the taste, appearance and the difference in the seasons when you are eating. Most of all it will help you explore the different tastes that are out there waiting for you.