BY THE NUMBERS
Days on the road: 161
Months on the road: 5+
Distance traveled: 5,234 miles / 8,423 km
Miles walked: 735
Countries visited: 10
Recipes collected: 30
Fabulous meals eaten: countless
Weight gained: none
5 Months Traveling 10 Countries
to Discover Europe's Most Mouthwatering Culinary Indulgences:
THE GREAT MEDITERRANEAN COMFORT FOOD TOUR
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON IN KINDLE & PAPERBACK
"Warm, fun, delicious"
I spent 161 days sampling the most scrumptious fare of Greece, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, France, and Spain. To my surprise, far from guarding their secret recipes, cooks everywhere opened their kitchen doors to me and shared every detail.
Some dishes — Holy Thursday snails, for instance, and Italy’s beloved horsemeat — might not appeal to everyone. Most foods I tried were delectable, including moussaka and various rich flaky pastries stuffed with cheese and spinach-like greens such as blitva and nettles. One Albanian eatery brought in my grilled fish on the back of a horse. Now that’s good presentation.
These recipes continue to be handed down so each generation can help the next endure the dark times, celebrate joys, and give everyday comfort to one another. They’re needed now more than ever — as is the joy of connecting with people over a marvelous meal.
"A rollicking culinary adventure seasoned with a dash of history, a sprinkling of heart-warming characters, and a liberal shot of humor.”
Jackie Smith, author of TravelnWrite
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