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The Perfect Gift for the Food Loving Traveler

Updated on October 17, 2013

Looking for the perfect gift for the world-traveling foodie?

There is no other book that even comes close. If you're like me, there's almost nothing in the world that compares to the pleasures of good food combined with the excitement of traveling. If you were to ask me to choose one or the other, I wouldn't be able to. There are many people who travel to visit iconic attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or Mt, Fuji. Others focus more on activities such as scuba diving or golf. As for me, I plan my holidays around food. I tend to make detailed meal plans along with long lists of must-try food items at my destination. For me, there is nothing more exciting and satisfying than discovering something new to eat at a foreign destination.

The Passion of Eating and Traveling Around the World

I've been extremely fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout my life. When I was 21, I had the opportunity to visit Germany and it was also my first trip to Europe. I was mesmerized with the foreignness of it all...from the architecture of the buildings to the cars driving on the wrong side, everything was new. However what really impressed me was the food culture. Entering a German supermarket for the first time, I was stunned by how different everything looked. There were so many types of breads I've never seen in my life. And talk about the variety of cheeses. I couldn't even imagine what they tasted like. After Germany I went to Paris and I was even more overwhelmed with the delicacies to be discovered.

My travels didn't stop there. I visited Greece a few months afterwards and tried to order pie from a nice lady who operated a food stall on the street. They looked like sweet pies to me and I thought they could be lemon pies. Instead what I had ordered was a savory spinach pie and although I was shocked at first bit, it turned out to be delicious. For the next few days, I visited the lady and bought a pie from her. On the last day before returning home, she gave me a hug, said something in Greek and gave me a couple of pies to take back with me free of charge. I tried to pay for the pies but she only shook her head and waved me away. I learned two things in Greece. Lesson Number One:The spinach pie is called spanakopita in Greek. Lesson Number Two: It's possible to get by in a foreign country through body gestures and smiling as much as you can. My love for food and travel was born.

Travel to 500 Incredible Places around the World

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the foodie or the armchair traveler that likes food, there is simply nothing better than to receive a hardcover book with lots of beautiful pictures. Food Journeys of a Lifetime visits 500 places around the globe with the focus on the food of each country. Just as in real life travel, you can learn so much about the culture and people of the country through the food they eat. Although I have almost a dozen of these food-travel guides, Food Journeys of a Lifetime would be on the top of my list!

The Ultimate Book for The World-Trotting Foodie

The book includes tons of gorgeous photographs of exotic locales and food that you've never seen before or only have heard about. Travel through the heart of Europe and learn about what makes the cheese so special in France. Fly to the Orient and discover the exotic and unique water markets of Thailand. Discover why sushi in Tokyo really is the freshest in the world. This book also includes delicious recipes as well as essential information on traveling and accommodations to help you with your travel arrangements.

By now it's pretty obvious that I'm a huge fan of this beautiful book. These days, I don't travel as much as I used to but I still manage to travel once or twice a year. ( I used to travel 7 times a year! ) However this book really is the next best thing. I simply sit down with a glass of wine, open up this book and imagine myself back in the bustling streets of Athens munching on some delicious spinach pie.

Books Look Great in the Home

Did I mention that these books look great in the home? Check out my pictures below. Even my dog Justin loves my books.

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A small selection of my food-travel books.My dog Justing, posing with some of my books.You can see my New York City Food book goes very well with my bedroom decor.The books also look fabulous in my Tokyo living room.
A small selection of my food-travel books.
A small selection of my food-travel books.
My dog Justing, posing with some of my books.
My dog Justing, posing with some of my books.
You can see my New York City Food book goes very well with my bedroom decor.
You can see my New York City Food book goes very well with my bedroom decor.
The books also look fabulous in my Tokyo living room.
The books also look fabulous in my Tokyo living room.

I have slowly been collecting books like these throughout my adult life. These are just some of my other recommendations and they really do make the perfect gift for the food loving traveler. .Every book below includes stunning photographs of food, culture and everyday life giving you a glimpse into another world.

Food Lover's Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines (Lonely Planet)
Food Lover's Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines (Lonely Planet)

This book comes in at second place for best book to give to a traveling foodie. Each region includes a recipe that you can make at home so it's great for cooks as well.

 
Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook
Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook

This was one of the first food-related books that I bought for myself. I had no idea what Thailand was like, but I did enjoy Thai food. The photographs along with stories in this beautiful cookbook ignited a desire in me to visit the actual country. I have now been to Thailand more than 20 times.

 
Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes
Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes

I've always been fascinated with American food and despite being a young country, the food is surprisngly varied. I am especially impressed with the variety of food you can find in New York. I got this book as a gift from a friend of mine last year and has reignited my desire to visit New York again.

 

Which type of traveler are you?

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Are you a foodie that loves to travel the world? Or are you just a foodie? Or do you just like to travel? I would love to hear what you think.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Scindhia H: Thanks so much for the kind words. This is an awesome book that any foodie should get.

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      I'm a foodie. I think I should get this one. Your lens looks amazing.

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      shan-rafnezden 4 years ago

      I love cooking! so I do that allmost every day, like I'm cooking right now as I writ this.

      I'm pimping a chicken soup with carrots paprika garlic and polenta to make it thick

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @JennyRowling: Thanks for your thoughtful comment. That would be my dream as well!

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      Jenny Rowling 4 years ago from London, UK

      I have this dream of tasting every single dish you can find around the world. It seems like an impossible dream, but if you manage to do it, even through sacrificing everything else you wanted to do, I know it won't be a wasted life :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Haha. Yes my dog loves that book. Your comments were much appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Man, I just love to eat and these book covers have my mouth watering! New York City Food - I think I'll give that one a try.

      Your story about the lady selling the spinach pies is just a reminder to us all that a smile is universal, it's understood by everyone.

      I noticed that even your dog likes the New York City Food book. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @flinnie lm: Thank you for coming along with me.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I enjoyed traveling with you on your food tour of the world.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @takkhisa: Thanks takkhis. I also love nature as well but yeah, I usually have plans to go to a specific restaurant after my hiking trip so once again, food becomes the focus. haha

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I have, in the past, travelled quite a bit, and I always loved trying the local cuisine!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is a nice book, I must say this! I have never been a foodie much but nature lover, I always like to adore it much than having food while I travel around :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoadMonkey: Oh you are so lucky. It's very difficult to find Greek restaurants here in Japan.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Aww thanks so much! Justin appreciates it. :)

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I love Greek food. I travel to see the attractions but I also love to try new foods. I have Greek relatives (by marriage) so I get a number of oppportunities to try authentic, fresh Greek food. Mmmhh.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This book does look like a perfect gift! Very nice lens. Cute dog too.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @NuttSoRuff: Some things I am careful of are raw foods and water in some countries. I've had food poisoning a few times.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      Love to travel and see different places and try new and different dishes - though sometimes I am a bit leery.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: That's awesome to hear! Where are some of your favorite places?

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      We have traveled a lot and food is always something that concerns me. I'm game though for checking out new places and my husband would love the food. So it's win-win :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @atomicgirl24: Ice cream in Italy is delicious. I think they are called gelato. I've had esargot and frog legs and they are actually not bad!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DebMartin: You know, I can seriously just look at food pictures all day. Silly I know, but true.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Meganhere: Ohhh, yum!!! Amsterdam is on my bucket list of places to go.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ayannavenus: I totally agree with you. Italy is heaven for food enthusiasts.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CoeGurl: I agree with you 100%!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diaper Bag Blog: This book helps me dream of my next vacation!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: I love reading this book Minoru. It's my favorite pastime.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I didn't know a book like this existed. Great info for whenever one travels. :D

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      I'm a foodie ... Anyway nice review... the book seems to be awsome !

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      CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

      This looks like a wonderful book. Travel and great food is the perfect vacation!

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      I'm a foodie and I love to travel. One of my favourite countries to eat food is Italy. Thanks for the great review

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I love to try new foods in different places. I had an awesome veal dinner in Amsterdam, baked fish with almonds in Salisbury, UK, and amazing chilli noodles somewhere in Hong Kong when I got lost. Tasty lens!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I LOVE new foods. This is a great gift book. Who doesn't love the combination of travel and food. One only needs to look at Pinterest to see how popular those two subject are.

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      atomicgirl24 4 years ago

      Being a food lover, I'd love to try out the local dishes of various nationalities, especially ice cream from Italy (which I heard is legendary) and Japanese ramen bowls. Exception-- escargot or frog legs from France. I don't think I'd ever be able to eat that, lol!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @josietook: Thank you so much Josie.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @getmoreinfo: Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @KandH: Aww thanks so much! I really appreciate you reading this.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Hey Vspa. Thanks so much! It's always a pleasure to hear from you

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @seahorse60: You are so right seahorse. And Thank you! I am so excited!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @throughthenexus: thank you

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SusanDeppner: Aww thanks so much Susan. I am so happy about this.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Haha! I think I might save it for traveling at the end of the year!

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      josietook 4 years ago

      I love trying dishes from different cultures as well as seeing fascinating sites. Great review!!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      What a really cool gift idea of all the places to eat around the globe. I like it.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      I love good food and travelling, thanks for sharing and congrats on the win!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, I don't get to travel much, except in state. Fabulous article!

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      seahorse60 4 years ago

      I love to travel and think it's fun to try different foods, you may like them so much they become favorites. Congratulations on winning!

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      throughthenexus 4 years ago

      GREAT!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, beautiful books! I'm more of a foodie than a traveler, but certainly when I travel I love to try good food! Congratulations on your win today!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on your win! Will you spend your $100 on food or travel? :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @smine27: Ah, yes. That's where I first tasted feta cheese and moussaka. I've only been back once so far, but it's the food I remember (along with being stranded when my tour bus left without me!). Not such a bad place to be stranded (as long as someone feeds you).

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @hovirag: For me it's the only way to travel. thank you for commenting:)

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I love to travel and to try out new food as well :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: I'm so happy you enjoyed my review. I have yet to visit New England to try their famous clams. yum!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: thank you Vinn. Traveling to new places really is life changing.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: I forgot to mention I went back to Greece a few times after that. It was the place that taught me how to love feta cheese, moussaka and dolmades! thanks so much for reading!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I love your approach to truly tasting life. When I was 17, I lived in Greece one summer. It was the food experience I found most astonishing. Next time I go there, I'm taking some clothing that gives me growing room. I had some of that spinach pie you mention. I believe the best way to get to know a new place, a new culture is to sit around a table and slowly savor real food with real people. Excellent review and excellent outlook on merging both of your passions.

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      VinnWong 4 years ago

      I love this review. It's great to know more about you through this review! I need to travel more!

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Love this lens, I love trying new foods where ever I travel, when in Rome do as the Romans, eat escargot in France, lobster in Maine, and clams in New England. Nice job. Learned some things.