EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Travel experiences and food discoveries always go hand in hand, yet books that describe both remain an undefined genre. For booksellers and readers alike, even the best efforts sometimes seem uncategorizable and, in some ill-defined way, unsatisfying.
Perhaps the problem is a practical one. Do we really want to get up from dreamy armchair imaginings of foreign places to head into the kitchen and start rummaging for foreign ingredients? Can a taste for adventure and ethnic eats really be regularly combined?