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The Hungry Cyclist Paperback – April 30, 2009

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"An all-you-can-eat-ride-by buffet through lands the bike forgot." Tim Moore "I'm not sure whether I'm more impressed by Tom going solo, slow and through some of the world's most notorious bandit country, or for getting hungry enough to eat a guinea pig." John McCarthy "A glorious account of the madness that lies at the heart of long distance cycling and an intriguing insight into the extra miles we, who are obsessed with pedal power,will go to secure the meal of our dreams." Jon Snow

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After studying product design at Central St Martins College, Tom went on to work at Christie's, before becoming Creative Designer at advertising agency, Panlogic. The son of two dedicated foodies, and an enthusiastic cook himself, Tom pursued his passion for gastronomy by regularly writing the food editorial for The Season magazine. Since embarking on his trip Tom has made regular appearances on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage and LA-based KCRW's The Good Food Show, as well as being a featured writer for Rough Guide. Tom currently lives in South London with four bicycles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Reference; 1St Edition edition (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not since I was a little girl begging my parents to read me The Little Lamb have I loved a book like this one. I picked it up when I was in Helsinki, Finland in 2009 and read it straight through. Then, I flipped to the first page and read it straight through again. I love to travel. I love to ride my bike and I love to eat. But, I think the Hungry Cyclist loves all three even more than me. His journey from NYC to Vancouver and down to Rio in search of North and South Americas' culinary treasures is an adventure from start to finish. I often go back to it when I want to be inspired in my riding or my eating. Highly recommended. I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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The Hungry cyclist is both a geographical and off the beaten path culinary tour-de-force. I greatly enjoyed Davies writing style and colorful analysis of the highly varied people, customs, and foods that he encountered on his epic bike journey across the Northern USA, Western Canada and then down the West Coast , through Mexico, Central America, and finishing off by going down the Amazon and along the eastern part of Brazil to Rio. It was an unbelievable trip, matched by the strangest collection of foods, recipes and descriptions that you can imagine.
Both my wife and I heartily enjoyed reading his book and had many laughs over the situations that he found himself in.
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I had the great opportuntiy to meet Tom in Baja while on this adventure. Knowing 1st hand how intelligent, humorous and interesting he is, I knew that the book would be good. And I was not disappointed.
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I met the Author personally and became aware of the book and then read it with great interest. I ride a bike also but no more than 50 miles at a time and as I read it I became aware of truly how far he had traveled. The story the Author tells breaks down this journey into the most simple aspects of life; traveling from place to place, finding your breakfast, lunch and dinner, meeting people and simple conversation. It also portrays well the difficulty of riding this great distance and the conversations that one would have with themselves as to whether they could make it all the way. If you want to really understand the places, food and people along the way from New York to Rio then this book will do just that.
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There are plenty of stories of adventures by foot or bicycle, but The Hungry Cyclist adds the unique perspective of the food one can discover on such a journey. Kevill Davies gives us just enough narrative to get a sense of the joys and travails of traveling thousands of miles by bicycle, but this is secondary to his stories of food and eating throughout the Americas -- from an exuberant tailgating party in Oregon to exotic foods in the Amazon basin. His paean to fish tacos enobles the origins of what is now becoming standard fast food fare. Brillat-Savarin tought us that we are what we eat; Kevill Davies sketches a pictures of who the peoples of the Americas are through what they eat.
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Very good read, especially if you have lived / visited the places he cycles through. I could never eat some of the things he tried.
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"The Hungry Cyclist" is a fast and entertaining read. As a reader who has done extensive traveling and taken several long bike trips, I could easily relate to the author's adventures, observations, uncertainties, and frustrations. The food quest was an informative thread that ran through the whole book.

The author has a few factual errors (Ben Franklin was a US president? Bannock bread is found throughout the US?--never heard of it before) and some spelling errors that the editor should have caught. However, they are not enough to detract very much.
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