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Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle. Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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"Karl has a knack for selecting the best moments of his three-year journey, the encounters that reveal unique aspects of each country he visits; then he wraps each chapter with a mouth-watering recipe that captures the essence the country's cuisine. "FORKS" is a beautifully designed book that does what every travel book should do: It encourages you to get out, dig in and explore." -- Michael Shapiro, author of "A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration"
"I love this book; it’s a work of art. Part adventure story, part photo essay, part recipe book, and all gorgeous, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection lives in a category by itself." —Steve Farber, author, The Radical Leap
"This is not your ordinary travel memoir . . . Gotta love it—travel, adventure, photography and food." —Vera Marie Badertscher, blogger, A Traveler's Library
"All of us at Overland International love a good travel epic and Allan Karl may have provided us with one of our favorite stories of the year." —Christophe Noel, editor, Expedition Portal
"Allan Karl is a naturally vibrant explorer of roads, continents, people, and cuisine. His full-color book reflects this vibrance with photos of the people he meets and the food he is offered. You're going to want it!" —Carla King, author, American Borders
From the Inside Flap
FORKS brings the world to your table:
- An around-the-world adventure story.
- A colorful photo book.
- A global cookbook.
One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce. Instead of harboring resentment or wallowing in self-pity, Allan looked at the forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to both follow a life-long dream and pursue his passions.
He hopped on his motorcycle and traveled around the world--alone. After three years and 62,000 miles of riding, through 35 countries on 5 continents, he returned home only to set out on another journey--in search of the best way to share the truths he'd uncovered and the lessons learned during his adventure around the world.
Discover the world through people and food with adventurer Allan Karl.
Explore 35 countries on five continents: Witness their beauty through stunning photographs. Meet their peoples through individual stories of collision and connection. Taste their cultures through the flavors and foods in 40 signature recipes.
The stories, photographs, and recipes in FORKS give readers an opportunity to cross into unfamiliar and often dangerous territories, explore unique world cultures, and chart an extraordinary expedition around the world, all while savoring the flavors of local food.
A book to satisfy seasoned explorers, armchair travelers, and culinary adventurers alike.
Top Customer Reviews
Allan's journey takes you on a wild ride around the world and it reminds you of what is truly important in this life: Our Relationships with other human beings. Whether it be strangers, best friends, or family...Allan shows the true connections we have the ability to get in this world.
This book is a rare gem and as a two time author myself I only hope I could produce something as remarkable as Allan's piece...grab a copy of this book!!
The photography and presentation are first-class. This makes a great coffee table book and discussion topic as well as a highly useful opportunity to try different global foods in your own home.
Highly recommended for yourself and as a gift for others.
Allan Karl has produced a masterpiece book about his epic adventure.
He stepped out of his comfort zone, grew some huge cojones and said, "Screw it. This is what I want to do with my life right now." Not many have that kind of courage. His is a midlife crisis gone right.
THREE YEARS. FIVE CONTINENTS. ONE MOTORCYCLE.
FORKS: A QUEST FOR CULTURE, CUISINE AND CONNECTION.
Karl pulled up stakes, got rid of life's trappings, traveled solo and came back richer for the experience. In his stunning book, a travelogue with heart, readers can travel with him, savoring the local foods, marveling at the local topography and connecting with the locals. And local is a relative term: it's whatever country, city or place he happens to be.
I got particularly excited about receiving my autographed copy of this book because I recognized the ad man in Karl. That was his business in his former life. Every design detail of FORKS is not just buttoned down but tied to his larger concept. Every nit, from the alliteration to the writing to the photography to the packaging to the postcards to the pen he uses to autograph copies right down to the sticker that seals the bubble wrap, is not for the picking; it simply reeks of excellence. And this dude was not handed a huge publisher's advance for this project. In fact, was turned down. So he made Kickstarter the real kickstand that supported this effort, and the results put Rizzoli to shame. Their loss.
Readers need to come hungry, a little bored and perhaps even jaded. FORKS will snap you out of your frightened, frozen reverie and plant the seed of wander- and the rest of the -lusts that are likely missing from your life right now. I want to go with him on his next adventure. Wherever and however that is. How very alive he must feel!
The great part about this book is that it fits in some many places; you can pick it up and browse the photos, and choose to explore a few pages here and there. The recipes are inspired and the directions are surprisingly easy to follow -- and the ones I've made have been excellent. The only downside is that the book is so beautiful, you almost hate to risk spilling the ingredients on it.
Forks is one of those books that's hard to describe because it's in a genre all its own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good story of travel, life, food and friends..even if you don't rode an adventure motorcycle. Try the recipes and read the back story on them.Published 5 months ago by Keith M. Hanlon
A grand adventure! I met Allan at a show in Dallas and spent a few minutes talking about traveling by motorbike, something we both love. A lovely gentleman! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom Melesky
I heard about Allan Karl from a recent adventure radio broadcast and wanted to hear more about his adventures via motorcycle. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Travis J. Gill
A wonderful book, even if you don't ride. A creative presentation in ever way.Published 6 months ago by Fred Bauer
Well written, beautifully photographed and gastroligical delight. Allan Karl sincerely taps the senses in this amazing book which should reside on everyone's coffee table.Published 8 months ago by Barry
I read a great deal but find that most books, especially written by "amateurs", are hardly worth the time. Allan must be a very gifted person. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John H Allen
This is not Jupiters Travels type of book. It is basically a location orientated recipe book where the author relates a short story of where he is then recounts the food he had... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JEH
This book should have been written by two of my sons, but their planned 2012 journey from San Diego to Patagonia on motorcycles was put on hold due to life changes and the drug... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Margaret E. Hunt