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Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand Paperback – December 1, 2006

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About the Author

Alex Kapranos is the frontman for the Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand, whose first two albums have sold more than 1.5 million copies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; First American Edition. edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143038087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143038085
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. McGuire on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of most entertaining foodie/travel/memoir books I've read in a long time! You don't have to be a fan of Franz Ferdinand to read this--it's a very worldly, witty, thoughtful collection of impressions about food and life, life on the road, restaurants around the world, and more. Kapranos also shares food-related stories of growing up in England and Scotland (where he was a chef before becoming a rock star). Highly recommended!
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By gcon on February 19, 2007
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so the guy from franz ferdinand tours the world and writes about what he eats. but it's more than that, it's not just the food, it's the atmosphere, it's the thoughts and feelings the food and atmosphere conjure up. it's all there. each "chapter" is no more than two pages, a quick sampling, but in those two pages, you get a feel and a taste for a place, for a moment of time. it's fun, funny, occasionally poetic, and even comes with a list of addresses and phone numbers of the restaurants talked about in the book.

so worth your time, a definate buy.
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I picked up this book because I like Franz Ferdinand's music, plus Alex Kapranos is cute as hell. I also love to cook and try new foods. I was not disappointed! This little book is a mini whirlwind tour around the world, with a poetic writing style, irreverent and sometimes profound. The foods described are exotic, the people often bizarre, and Kapranos records it in a zen way without judgement. This book doesn't sound like it's trying too hard to be a great book, and I like that. It's just for fun. The artwork is fun, too. The short passages have no real beginning and no end. They are succinct like pop songs, sometimes with twists and thrusts that you don't expect. Bravo, and thanks Franz Ferdinand!
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I had anticipated reading this book for a few years...I am extremely satisfied with the work the lovely Mr.Alex Kapranos has done. He is not a foodie or food critic, but yet he makes food sound so intruiging. Especially the cakes...I got hungry more than once reading this book and the illustrations were very good and entertaining, big thumbs up to Mr.Andy Knowles.
This is the first book I have ever read under this category, and I'm "hungry" for more. Maybe under my circumstances, you should enjoy it as much as I did.
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I loved this book, but I wish there was an audiobook available. I first found out about it on an episode of (I think) Fresh Air on NPR when it first came out and Alex read an excerpt from it. Reading it myself was good, but it's so much more enjoyable hearing it in the writer's voice. I would love to see Alex on a food/travel show.
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What an enjoyable read! Alex Kapranos, lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, has a delightfully descriptive and entertaining way of bringing you with him as he travels with his band mates and indulges his taste buds with both the exotic and the ordinary. It's a very open, often hilarious, account of his reaction to some very unique dishes from around the world. He even lists the names and locations of each restaurant he's dined at. Thank you Alex for taking us with you on your journey.
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I'm not much of a non-fiction reader nor a foodie, but I absolutely loved this book. It's storytelling with detail so eloquent and vivid that it feels like a good friend is taking you to experience these places. I couldn't pull myself away! I was completed surprised. I bought the book because I'm a fan of Franz Ferdinand and I enjoy hearing or reading Alex's interviews. He really knows how to pull you into a story. This isn't a book just critiquing food. It's a full on story following somewhat of a timeline with entertaining flashbacks to his childhood in Glasgow, London, and Greece and experiences as a chef in Glasgow. Everything is there, the good the bad, the absolutely disgusting. He writes about fast food joints all the way up to 5 star digs. It's across the board entertainment. I couldn't recommend this book any more.
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I'm pretty much food obsessed, so this was a nice read. However, I think some of the stories could been expanded a bit so that we could follow Alex's journey better. I think Alex writes assuming that his reader will have knowledge of the city or food item that he is speaking about and very minimally explains what a foreign item might be, which made it difficult for me to remain in the storytelling without having to pause and look up what he may be talking about.
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