Eyeball Tacos and Kangaroo Stew
Life-Changing Meals in Far-Flung Placesby Anna Kaminski
Travel writer and incorrigible foodie Anna Kaminski indulges her obsession with food in some of the most unlikely places imaginable, exploring the timeless power of sharing a meal with strangers to create connection, from spam and cassava with the crocodile-skinned men of Papua New Guinea to burgers with death row inmates in San Quentin prison.
About this book
“Listening to the gentle lapping of the river, I ponder the strange fate that brought me, a Soviet kid from a small Russian town, right here, to this very table in the middle of the Surinamese jungle on this particular night.” From early childhood spend in an akademgorodok (purpose-built academic community) in the USSR, Kaminski has been obsessed with food. Fuelled by ancestral wanderlust, as an adult she put her obsession to good use, contributing to several dozen Lonely Planet and Rough Guides guidebooks and traversing six continents in search of sustenance and something even less tangible. Part-memoir, part-travelogue, “Eyeball Tacos & Kangeroo Stew” explores a life less ordinary through the prism of memorable meals, from sharing burgers with death row inmates in San Quentin Prison to feasting on spam and cassava with the crocodile-skinned men of Papua New Guinea’s Middle Sepik, and being adopted by an Aboriginal family in the Outback over a pot of kangaroo stew. Through breaking bread with strangers and travel to the further corners of the former Soviet Union and beyond, the author discovers that her roots stretch further than she’d ever imagined and that kinship can be found in the strangest of places.
About the Author
A freelance travel writer for nearly 15 years, Anna Kaminski has contributed to dozens of travel guidebooks, covering destinations that span six continents. She’s the co-author of several editions of the Rough Guide to Chile and Rough Guides to South America, Central America, Europe and South-East Asia On a Budget, as well as the Trailblazer Trans-Siberian Handbook, and Lonely Planet guides to Mexico, Jamaica, Borneo, the Baltic States, Central Asia, Kenya, West Coast Australia, Wales, Canada, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, the Philippines, Vietnam, Greek Islands, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia, among others. An incorrigible foodie, there are few things that Anna will not eat, and she is prepared to travel great distances in search of memorable meals. Her favourite pastimes, besides eating, include corresponding with death row inmates, trekking and attending Bruce Springsteen gigs. A career in criminal law is her ‘road not taken.’ She presently calls Cómpeta, Andalusia, home.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Foreword by Zora O’Neill
Chapter 1…. DEATH ROW – United States, Egypt
Chapter 2 ON TRIAL – Ukraine
Chapter 3 ISLAND IN THE SUN – Jamaica
Chapter 4 WANDERING JEW – Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Chapter 5 RIDING THE RAILS – Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
Chapter 6 AMONG THE TSAATAN – Mongolia
Chapter 7 JUNGLE DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH – Chile, Nepal, Peru, Colombia
Chapter 8 RAINMAKERS AND CROCODILE SKIN – Papua New Guinea
Chapter 9 THE BLESSING OF BARON KRIMINEL – Haiti
Chapter 10 HONORARY WONGUTHA – Australia
Chapter 11 DINNER WITH TOM JONES – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia
Chapter 12 THE ARCTIC CALLS – Canada
Chapter 13 EYEBALL TACOS AND RENEGADE SAINTS – Mexico
Chapter 14 ACCIDENTAL IMMIGRANT – Spain