Book Club: Travel Books

17 Jun

For our June 12, 2014 Book/Food Club get-together, we each read our own choice of a travel book. Since Leslie was the host, she created a delicious spread based on the book that she read: Andrew McCarthy‘s The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. 


In case you are wondering what the UFO is dangling over the food, it is the pendant lamp above Leslie’s kitchen island. We dished up inside and moved out onto the deck to eat – it was a lovely late spring evening.

Leslie based much of our feast on a meal that the author, his fiance and her parents had in Vienna, where they purchased food for a picnic: salami, cheese, buns, olives, veggie chips, and Sacher Torte. That torte was totally decadent – I almost swooned from the chocolatey goodness. The Tillamore Dew whiskey  and Guinness beer represented the Ireland connection, which is where the author first met his future wife. The Argentinian wine, and the mango-papaya fruit salad were a nod to his Patagonian trip.


Here is the New York Times review of The Longest Way Home.


I read Su Tong’s Binu and the Great Wall, translated by Howard Goldblatt. It is one of the books in the Canon Gate Myth series and Su Tong retells the ancient Chinese myth of Meng Jiangnu’s Bitter Weeping. Here is the Blog Critics  review of the book.


Dorothy traveled through the Edmonton Public Library to find some travel books to read. She sampled a few, but didn’t settle on any one in particular in her smorgasbord of books (we are not exactly a strict by-the-book Book Club). You Wouldn’t Want to Travel with Captain Cook: A Voyage You’d Rather Not Make by Mark Bergin, illustrated by David Antram is a children’s book and a quick read so Dorothy finished that one. The Rainbow Resource Centre gives it a quick review.


Pat traveled south to warmer climes in her choice of Alberta-born author Robert Kroetsch‘s book of poetry, The Snowbird Poems. Here is Quill & Quire’s review.

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Our archival journal entry provides the full, delectable food details.

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