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In this wildly ambitious, accessible roundup, journalist Freeman does an admirable job of covering the most popular world cuisines—how to order and eat them—for the general diner and business traveler. Her point of departure is the New York City restaurant, where one can find just about any kind of dish as the natives fashioned it, from British to Vietnamese, and she's evidently consulted the top chiefs for ingredients, ordering tips, and etiquette. There's a good bit of research into what's actually contained in dishes like mincemeat (dried fruit and nuts), Moros y Cristianos (Cuban beans and rice), and many dizzying Asian choices. She also reveals what dim sum means ("touch your heart"), that oregano most defines Greek cuisine, and that the Arabs, not Chinese, probably introduced pasta to Italy. Freeman makes a terrifically enlightening companion for someone embarking on a new culinary experience, say, Korean barbeque, walking the reader through menu choices, accompaniments, spices, and drinks—soju or hof. The Middle Eastern section is a bit of a mishmash of many distinct cultures, while she does a decent exposition on chiles Mexican style, tandoor, and elucidates the many different regional Chinese cuisines. Although she doesn't seem to have traveled much farther than L.A., her focus on restaurant selection and ordering will prove most helpful for American foodies. (June)

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“Danyelle Freeman (a.k.a. Restaurant Girl) has done it-TRY THIS is a gastronomical glossary full of attitude and humor. Now anyone can enter any ethnic restaurant with confidence and have a mind-blowing experience.” (Bobby Flay)

“A hip and handy guide to delicious adventures in food that will help you dare to dare.” (Gael Greene)

“Danyelle Freeman’s passion for dining, in all its global varieties, shines through on every page of this engaging and comprehensive book.” (Drew Nieporent, Restaurateur/Owner Nobu, Tribeca Grill, Corton, Centrico)

“An entertainingly opinionated guide that will whet the appetites of readers who may not have access to the diverse range of establishments in the Big Apple.” (Library Journal)

“With a keen sense of direction, food writer and blogger Freeman (restaurantgirl.com) guides readers on a comprehensive, contemporary, global culinary excursion... An innovative guide that tickles the taste buds and proves that you don’t have to travel abroad to experience international gastronomy.” (Kirkus)

“In this wildly ambitious, accessible roundup, journalist Freeman does an admirable job of covering the most popular world cuisines… Freeman makes a terrifically enlightening companion for someone embarking on a new culinary experience.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The next time I go out, I’ll definitely take a fun thumb-through TRY THIS first. (Rachael Ray)

“TRY THIS is a modern tool kit for today’s foodie... an amazing, one-of-a-kind reference book that offers expert lessons for everyday diners on cuisines from all over the world.” (Scott Conant, chef-owner of Scarpetta Restaurants and author of Bold Italian)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061881783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061881787
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Danyelle Freeman is the author of Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving The Table, published by Ecco/Harper Collins. It's a modern day guide to dining out - a cheat sheet to everything from British to Thai, Vietnamese, and everything in between. Her book empowers readers to navigate any menu, cuisine, or circumstance they encounter on the 21st century dining scene. Danyelle was also a judge on this season's Top Chef Masters, which aired recently on Bravo.

Danyelle is the founder and editor of Restaurantgirl.com, a hip and popular website that's received critical attention for her reviews of New York's best new restaurants and chefs. Her blog is an accessible guide to the hottest menus, chefs, and culinary trends across the country. Soon after the launch of her site, Danyelle was spotlighted in a New York Times Style section article.

Danyelle served as the Chief Restaurant Critic for the New York Daily News for over two years. A guest judge on "Iron Chef America" and NBC's "The Chopping Block," Danyelle has also appeared as an expert on the Food Network's "Heavyweights," "Alex's Day Off," "Unique Eats" as well as a judge on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay."

She has been featured in various print and online publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, the New York Post and New York Observer, Real Simple, Lucky, Oprah.com, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Where to Dine. She is also a regular contributor to People Style Watch's "In/Out Section." A graduate of Harvard College, she lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Briggs on June 24, 2013
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I thought that this book was going to be about foods from around the world. Unfortunately, it is about international foods, but from the prospective of going to restaurants in New York City.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samsong44 on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I like this book for two reasons: one for my self-study. I am in the food industry and have a passion for food. Not only did I learn lots of new names from this book, but also I am motivated and intrigued to do more research on things mentioned in this book. I know the author is a not culinary expert when it comes to cooking, but she does have more experience regarding dining, more than most of us. Two, it helps me to be more open-minded when I order food. I came from China 12 years ago and regarded myself as an adventurist of food, however, I have never tried Tinga De Pollo in a Mexican restaurant, on the contrary, most of the time, I order Tamale or Fajita. Now, after reading Ms Freeman's book, I would love to try Tinga De Pollo or a Dulce De Leche dessert.
Ms Freeman writes not in a formal style, but the world is changing, we get to understand the younger generation, though I myself is not that old, often, you will be surprised by how much they know and how fun they can be.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 24, 2011
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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.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Erdosh on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A more appropriate title for this book may be Memoirs of a New York Foodie. This is not a cookbook, there are no recipes, no cooking tips, and it seems the author prefers to eat out instead of cooking. "...I can eat out six nights a week at some of the best restaurants in the country."||In //Try This//Freeman describes fourteen cuisines and restaurant visits mainly in New York City: British, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. If you are a foodie in New York City, this may be an interesting reading for you; for the rest of us it is distant and unexciting. Though the writing is good, it is not very interesting or inspiring--each chapter is filled with food stories from the author's and her childhood family's life, and descriptions of her restaurant visits. The chapters end with Table Setting and Modern Manners related to that cuisine; hardly something a restaurant-goer foodie doesn't know. Five three- to five-page treatises include tips such as Mastering a Restaurant and Diners' Rights. The book is unillustrated but sidebars called Tasty Morsels provide some breaks in the text.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HarBri on October 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend Try This for an informative and educated take on modern day dining. As a conservative eater it helped to get me more comfortable with trying new foods and foreign cuisines. Freeman's writing is entertaining, intelligent and relatable.
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