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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

About the Author

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than seventy children's books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, Rice Is Life, and Mole in a Hole, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.
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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Happy Reader VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
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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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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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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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Female Nomad and Friends is a joy to read. The stories, written by adventurers from around the world, tell of the mystery, compassion, and humanity that exist all around us. Since the book is written by travelers and life-livers rather than professional writers, the story structure and word choice are not always the most polished. But mastery of written technique is not the point of this book. Put aside your inner writer-critic and interact with the stories as if they were being told to you firsthand by the person who experienced them. You will find this book a delight. It is easy to read and may inspire you to do some traveling yourself! The recipes are a nice addition. It's fun to cook something that reminds you of a certain place and time and having the recipes along with the stories does just that. However, I would say this is more a book of stories than a cookbook.
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Love this book! Most of the stories are funny, some are touching, a few are heartbreaking, and all of them are inspiring. Even if your dream isn't adventure travel, it will motivate you to pursue whatever your dream may be. Be open...take a chance...that's the message here. Such a fun read, one I'll pass on to friends.
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