Why Americans Zig Zag When They Eat by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, Cadogan's trusted arbiters of travel taste promises to be this year's must-read book for all who bought Schott's Original Miscellany. Written by the renowned and best-selling Cadogan Guide authors who have over forty titles in print, Why Americans Zig Zag When They Eat is a fascinating, entertaining, wry and utterly absorbing book, combining hilarious yet unbelievable snippets from their travels, with an array of historical, cultural and travel miscellany and tittle-tattle from around the world.
Drawing from over twenty years of experience going to hitherto untouched parts of Europe and beyond, Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls trace with infectious enthusiasm the history of cosmetics, the customs of the harem of Istanbul, how the Venetian republic was run, the antiquities of Sicily, the werewolves at the ancient Olympics. They examine why gnats buzz in circles, the boiling down of mummies for medicine, Goethe's colour theory, the Napoleonic coincidences, Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen of New Orleans, the origins of the constellations, man made deserts and how English titmice disproved one of the dogmas of evolution in 1946.
The longest words in Turkish, the Egyptian labyrinth at Crocodilopolis, Alfred Packer and American cannibalism along with the over the top cities of Magna Graecia Sybaris, Croton and Akragas are but the tip of the iceberg in a book that will also outline exactly how to eat an ortolon.
A compendium of odd cultural facts and habits , /5
Trivia is delightful and fun given the all-embracing focus of Why Americans Zigzag When They Eat, a compendium of odd cultural facts and habits under one cover. The focus on different cultural habits makes for a lively set of insights pairing history with fun. There are culinary insights, questionable origins of chess, and much more. A perfect gift for that trivia buff who has had primarily word histories in past, and enjoys oddities.
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