About this author
British journalist Russell Maddicks lived and worked in Venezuela for more than 12 years. Initially drawn to the country by his interest in anthropology, he was soon working alongside Pemón Indians as a jungle guide in Canaima and taking tourists to Angel Falls. Now covering Latin American politics for a major UK broadcaster, he maintains his ties with Venezuela through regular visits. A keen wildlife watcher with a love of adventure, he is never happier than when observing the world from the top of a far-flung tepui mountain. During his many road trips to the interior, he has eaten cow-heel soup, crunchy termites and even fried piranha in his quest for the tastiest treats in Venezuela. Very often these delicacies are accompanied by a homemade alcoholic beverage, such as the deadly chuchuguasa (Andean firewater that can only be tolerated in small sips by the uninitiated). Over the years he has developed a knack for finding the best food in every region of the country and has mastered the skill of rustling up a plate of black beans and stewed shredded beef like a native something his Venezuelan wife much appreciates.