Markets, street food, fine dining or raucous family feasts. Whether one travels to eat, or is a foodie sizzling away in the kitchen, they will find plenty in Lonely Planet’s The Food Book: A Journey through the Great Cuisines of the World to satisfy their lust for new flavors, textures and aromas.
The Food Book is a one-stop culinary reference providing insights into the culture, history and essential dishes of over 40 countries. Packed with beautiful food and destination photography, it profiles culinary traditions from all over the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Exploring each country’s essential produce, defining dishes, and culture of preparing, eating and celebrating with food, The Food Book is the perfect gift for foodies and travelers alike.
The Food Book profiles France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana.
To celebrate the launch of The Food Book, Lonely Planet is hosting a ‘World Eats’ Instagram competition. Many travelers take photos of their meals while on the road—now they can share and win something for those photos! Between November 5th and December 17th, 2013, anyone who adds the hashtag #lpworldeats and @lonelyplanet to their Instagram photo will be entered into the competition. We also ask that they include a geographic location and basic description of the meal. Their photo will be displayed on the World Eats website at www.lonelyplanet.com/lpworldeats , where all photos can be perused and voted on. Six weekly winners will be chosen to have their photos posted on the LP Instagram channel (to be showcased to over 80,000 Lonely Planet followers), and will receive a copy of The Food Book. One grand-prize winner, selected from the six weekly winners, will receive $250 worth of Lonely Planet books of their choice.
Whether reserving at a world-famous restaurant, shopping at an open-air market or being wowed by street food specialties, our culinary experiences on the road are an integral part of travel. Food is discovery, but as Lonely Planet’s new literary anthology, A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road, demonstrates, it’s also an emotional and transformative journey.
A Fork in the Road is a collection of 34 original stories by the world’s most acclaimed chefs, food writers and novelists focusing on how travel and eating combine to shape and inspire our lives. Edited by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine and a judge on Top Chef Masters, A Fork in the Road brings together foodie faves and literary luminaries including Carla Hall, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Pollan, Curtis Stone, Gael Greene, Rita Mae Brown, Neil Perry, Francine Prose, Jane and Michael Stern, David Mas Masumoto, Fuchsia Dunlop, Frances Mayes and Madhur Jaffrey among many others.
James Oseland says of the essays in the book: “Each of them says something ineffable about how we process and remember tastes and sensations, and about how they alter our view of the world. The stories encompass a vast mosaic of experience, from bitter to sweet to everything in between, and an equally vast range of voices. Some are rough, some are intensely refined. But they all have one thing in common: they chronicle food and eating in a deeply personal way.”
A Fork in the Road is just that. It’s Marcus Samuelsson’s epiphany after a meal of fugu that there was more to learn about “fine dining” than he thought or Carla Hall’s first attempt at chicken pot pie transforming her approach to cooking. It’s David Kamp’s childhood memories of New England boarding house’s summer meals or Martin Yan watching his mother at the stove as a child in Guangzhou, China. It’s Alan Richman’s search for koshary, the national dish of Egypt, during the Arab Spring or André Aciman’s redemptive last meal in Tuscany after a disastrous trip.
It’s the life changing moments that inspire you to seek your own culinary adventure.
List of contributors: André Aciman, Rita Mae Brown, Tom Carson, Giles Coren, Naomi Duguid, Fuchsia Dunlop, Joe Dunthorne, Louisa Ermelino, Gael Greene, Carla Hall, Kaui Hart Hemmings, M.J. Hyland, Madhur Jaffrey, David Kamp, Beth Kracklauer, Annabel Langbein, Tamasin Day-Lewis, David Mas Masumoto, Frances Mayes, Sigrid Nunez, Josh Ozersky, Neil Perry, Michael Pollan, Francine Prose, Jay Rayner, Alan Richman, Marcus Samuelsson, Jane and Michael Stern, Curtis Stone, Sandi Tan, Ma Thanegi, Monique Truong, Daniel Vaughn, Martin Yan.
About the Editor:
James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur, America’s most critically acclaimed food magazine. Under his editorship, the magazine has won more than 40 awards, including numerous James Beard journalism awards, and three from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His 2006 book, Cradle of Flavor, a memoir with recipes about his time living in Southeast Asia, was named one of the best books of that year by Time Asia, The New York Times, and Good Morning America, and won awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is also the editor of Saveur’s cookbooks, including Saveur: The New Comfort Food and Saveur: The Way We Cook. James is a judge on the cooking competition program Top Chef Masters, and appears as a guest on other international television shows. He is writing Jimmy Neurosis, a memoir of his punk rock youth in the 1970s, for Ecco Press, a HarperCollins imprint. James has lived in India and Indonesia, and now resides in New York City with his husband, Daniel.
About the Book:
A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road
Published by Lonely Planet
Edited by James Oseland
ISBN: 978 1 74321 844 0
334pp, paperback, $15.99
Available: November 1st, 2013
Following on the success of last year’s Happy, Lonely Planet publishes Calm: Secrets to Serenity from the Cultures of the World.
Calm is an exploration on the multitude of ways different cultures contend with the stresses of daily life and features 50 of these calming cultural secrets as well as ways to implement them. Calm takes the reader through a journey of some the world’s most serene practices, festivals and traditions including:
• Accessing theta brain waves through drumming (West Africa)
• Studying the ancient art of archery (Bhutan)
• Playing backgammon with friends (Egypt)
• Gliding through the water in a kayak (the Inuit people of Canada and Greenland)
Calm is broken into themes including Nature, Rhythm, Sharing and Focus. Each thought-provoking profile contains suggestions on how to bring a little slice of serenity into readers’ own busy lives.
As the book says, “The collection of traditions in this book is not definitive, but a sampling that showcases the world’s approaches to calm. It is also a practical ideas manual. We’ve avoided some obvious practices, such as yoga and t’ai chi, offering instead unexpected activities that you might not immediately associate with calm.”
Calm is the perfect gift this busy holiday season, when we all especially need to keep our cool.
About the Book:
Calm: Secrets to Serenity from the Cultures of the World
ISBN: 978 1 74321 845 7
128pp, full color, $14.99
Available November 2013
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 is our annual collection of the world’s best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year. Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles traveled by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and community, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 presents a year’s worth of travel inspiration to take travelers out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 highlights the best places to go and things to do all around the world in the year ahead:
* Our Top 10 – the top 10 countries, regions, and cities to visit in 2014. Find out why Brazil is our #1 country of the year, we’re recommending Texas to global travelers and Trinidad is chosen over Havana as a city to visit in Cuba.
* Top Travel Lists -thematic travel experiences for the year ahead including Best Value Destinations, Best Family Travel, Best Beaches and Small Islands and Best Luxury Boot Camps.
* 2014 Travel Planner -more than 35 events in our top destinations for 2014 mapped out month-by-month including music festivals, scenic marathons/runs, unique cultural events and raucous parties.
About the Book:
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014
978 1 74321 728 3
$14.99, full color, paperback, 7”x 5.7”, 224pp
Singapore-based online travel agency Zuji is now offering its ArrivalGuides throughout the whole travel cycle, in the key channels (online, email and mobile). The new white-label app, developed by ArrivalGuides together with travel app developer GuideWall, contains the more than 450 destination guides in the ArrivalGuides portfolio in all available languages. To avoid roaming costs when traveling, both the guides and maps are available for free offline use.
“The travel guide app is a natural extension to our partnership with Arrival Guide,” said Desmond Phua, head of customer experience and direct channels at Zuji. “Not only would customers be able to download and print a PDF copy of the travel guide from their confirmation email, they are also able to download the Zuji branded travel guide app into their smart phone and carry a handy travel guide to whichever destinations they go.”
“Most OTA apps focus on booking functionality, but a lot of research shows that conversion rates on mobile web and in apps are not as great as the usage and even more so when looking at actual transactions from the mobile,” said Ola Zetterlof, director of distribution client solutions at ArrivalGuides. “The key value for travelers using apps must surely by when they are traveling. Very few OTAs offer this, but we can see a large interest from our partners all over the world to offer this service to their customers as a value-add and to increase brand loyalty and sales.”
It’s possible on the new Zuji apps to book flights, hotels, cars and insurance as well as thematic search for destinations. Future releases will include weather and social sharing functionality. Zuji is one of Asia Pacific’s leading online travel agencies, a position the company has held for more than 10 years. It was recently acquired by Webjet, a large Australian online agency with offices in Canada, U.S., New Zealand, U.K., Hong Kong and Singapore.
Guidebook for longest off-pavement bicycling route in the world re-released as popularity of bikepacking and dirt touring grows
Missoula, MT — Amidst surging interest in off-pavement touring and bikepacking, Adventure Cycling Association celebrates the publication of the second edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America’s Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route by Michael McCoy (The Mountaineers Books, 2013).
Cycling the Great Divide is a detailed travel guide for the organization’s popular Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. McCoy researched and mapped the route in the 1990s and subsequently wrote the guidebook, first published in 2000.
“The popularity of dirt-road touring and ‘gravel grinding’ has surged over the past few years,” author McCoy said. “A fair share of this growth can be attributed to the attention received by the Tour Divide, a race that was conceived by the very fact that the Great Divide route existed, that it had been researched and mapped. The trend has even inspired a new breed of off-pavement touring bike, epitomized by the Salsa Fargo and the aptly named Co-Motion Divide.”
The second edition of Cycling the Great Divide includes updated information for the entire route and covers 254 miles in Canada that have been added to the route since the first edition. Many traveling cyclists use the book in tandem with Adventure Cycling’s cyclist-specific maps for the route.
“Like the first edition of Cycling the Great Divide, edition two provides a wealth of background on history, natural history, and geology — as well as navigational and logistical tips — that simply won’t fit on the Adventure Cycling maps,” McCoy said. “Conversely, the maps in the book, because of the constraints of page size, are nowhere near as detailed as the dedicated maps are. In other words, riders are well advised to carry both the book and the Adventure Cycling maps.”
The longest off-pavement route in the world, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route traces the spine of the Rocky Mountains for 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico, traversing Alberta and British Columbia and western landscapes through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Cyclists who tackle it in its entirety face 200,000 feet of elevation from start to finish, akin to summiting Mount Everest seven times. However, shorter tours on the route are very possible. To accommodate trips of varying lengths, Adventure Cycling’s maps for the route are broken intoseven map sections, each of which covers between 250 and 500 miles of the route.
For a glimpse of what to expect from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, check out Adventure Cycling’s new Great Divide route highlights video, produced in partnership with Co-Motion Cyclesand Revelate Designs.
An online travel guide has launched helping visitors to Cornwall reduce their carbon footprint whilst maximising their experience and fun.
Created by the sustainable tourism experts, Greentraveller, the guide brings together a colourful selection of places to stay which have been handpicked for their top eco credentials, and salutes pubs, restaurants and cafes who have gone the extra mile with their green efforts. Reviews by travel writers and independent contributors sit amongst the 125 green listings and provide insider tips for enjoying Cornwall’s burgeoning green ethos while contributing to the local economy. There’s also information to encourage visitors to explore Cornwall by public transport and piles of event details and activity suggestions.
The online guide forms part of the award-winning website greentraveller.co.uk and has been produced in partnership with Visit Cornwall, the Cornwall Development Company tourism service.
Chief Executive and Founder of Greentraveller, Richard Hammond, comments: “This guide is a celebration of the many varied independent tourism businesses in Cornwall that have led the way in developing a more sustainable approach to tourism. Together they show that there is an abundance of choice when it comes to finding green-minded places to stay, wonderful cafes and restaurants that serve fresh, local seasonal food, and a range of wonderful beaches and family-friendly attractions in this special part of the UK.
“This Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall is the latest of our online platforms for specific destinations in the UK that are proving popular with both residents and holidaymakers looking for that special local touch.”
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, adds: “With an amazing outdoor environment, green-thinking comes naturally in Cornwall and is an integral part of our industry. We are delighted to be working with Greentraveller to celebrate the passion and diversity of our eco-minded businesses whilst helping visitors to discover Cornwall the green way.”
Visit the Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall at http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/green-holidays-cornwall
Enjoy stress-free travel with new Valet Alpin
Phileas Fogg had his faithful travel companion Passepartout. Don Quixote had his redoubtable sidekick Sancho Panza. And today the discerning skier has Valet Alpin.
A brand new and innovative ski concierge company, Valet Alpin is the personal holiday assistant who takes away all the stress and leaves only the freedom, time and peace of mind to enjoy skiing to the max.
Far more than just another luggage carrier, Valet Alpin stands on peaks high above the competition not only because of its wide range of super-value services, but incredible attention to care and the highest level of personal service.
Operating from bespoke warehouses in the west and east of Switzerland, Valet Alpin offers its personal ski valeting to resorts throughout the Alps, including France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Using its vast experience and intimate knowledge of the industry, it eliminates the organisational challenges, stress, physical exertion and, of course, costs – particularly those nasty baggage surcharges from airlines – of storing and transferring equipment to and from resorts.
Leave everything to a personal valet
Valet Alpin will help create a Mountain Locker where clients can store skis, snowboards, boots and all of their accessories. Hi-tech storage and drying systems ensure a better quality environment, while saving the hassle of storage space and transport to and from a UK departure point. There is password protected online access at any time, with the ability to view items via photographs and detailed written descriptions.
Clients can also choose how they would like equipment to be initially collected and transported to their Mountain Locker. From there, each time you go skiing you have various equipment delivery options at your disposal to fit around your trip and your budget:
With the Airport Exchange guests are reunited with their equipment when they land at the airport. On the return leg of the journey, all of the gear is collected at the airport and returned to the Mountain Locker. It’s a super-value way to enjoy stress-free travel.
Opting for Resort Delivery your prized equipment will be delivered straight to the holiday accommodation, maximum ski time and maximum flexibility for how guests travel.
And for those who like seamless travel with true luxury, with Valet Transfer guests can book an airport transfer with one of Valet Alpin’s carefully selected resort transfer partners – all of their equipment will be waiting in their vehicle, ready to be taken with them straight to resort.
The best care and best value
Equipment Care: Valet Alpin’s ‘total care’ philosophy takes exceptional care of equipment, with all equipment being cleaned, dried and inspected on return. Even an optional anti-bacterial boot drier using ionising lamps is available. Clients can also select from a range of waxing, repair and tuning services.
Group Travel: Valet Alpin’s Snow-buddies feature allows clients to link family and friends’ lockers into a single booking and, unlike with any other courier company, make further significant savings and enjoy all of Valet Alpin services often at no more, and often much less than, an airline’s luggage surcharges.
Initial collection and courier to Switzerland
From Home or Office: prior to the start of the season, Valet Alpin offer initial collection and shipment to Switzerland for €34 (£29). This is a one off cost and you never have to worry about moving your equipment from home again.
From Alps Airport: during the season collection is made on the return leg of this season’s trip for just €10 (£8.5) per bag, including free storage to the end of the season.
Storage: to store one pair of skis, boots and a box of accessories in a Mountain Locker for a year costs only €47 (£40).
Equipment delivery and collection per ski trip
Airport Exchange: for a single booking of skis and boots – €60 (£51), reducing to €48 (£41) when using Snow-buddies.
Resort Delivery: an average resort single booking of skis and boots is €85 (£72), reducing to €72 (£61) when using Snow-buddies. * Prices will vary with further distances in Switzerland and Austria.
Full Valet: for a single booking of skis and boots – €65 (£55), reducing to €52 (£44) when using Snow-buddies – the ultimate equipment free travel experience for a fantastic price. Note: the prices are only for equipment delivery and exclude the passenger transfer element.
Whatever their Alpine destination, however they choose to travel and whatever their group size, with Valet Alpin snowsports lovers can simply sit back and enjoy the journey: with the knowledge that all of their gear is in the very best hands.
“Whatever option they choose, our clients know that Valet Alpin takes exceptional care of their equipment every step of the way, including cleaning, drying and tuning on return” says Valet Alpin founder and CEO, Peter Knee. “What’s more, with our high level of personal service and very competitive pricing, it is often less expensive to take advantage of Valet Alpin’s services and enjoy hassle free travel”.
“We want to bring the fun back into ski/board ownership and take pride in saying ‘ski travel and ownership should be enjoyed not endured’. At Valet Alpin we’re very excited about our new services and look forward to welcoming our clients to the Alps: with their prized equipment ready and waiting for them. The bottom line – when compared to airline surcharges and other couriers, with whichever Valet Alpin option you choose you get more for less. www.valetalpin.com
Destinations topping the Lonely Planet “Best in Travel 2014” list are Brazil as the best country, Paris as the best city and the Greek Islands as the best-value destination. The “Best in Travel 2014” highlights the world’s best travel trends, destinations, journeys and experiences as selected by Lonely Planet’s authors and editors.
In conjunction with the Best in Travel announcement, Lonely Planet also launched a “Where Would You Go?” contest offering a chance to win a trip to a Best in Travel 2014 city of the winner’s choice.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries are 1) Brazil, 2) Antarctica, 3) Scotland, 4) Sweden, 5) Malawi, 6) Mexico, 7) Seychelles, 8) Belgium, 9) Macedonia and 10) Malaysia.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities are 1) Paris; 2) Trinidad, Cuba; 3) Cape Town; 4) Riga, Latvia; 5) Zurich; 6) Shanghai; 7) Vancouver; 8) Chicago; 9) Adelaide; and 10) Auckland.
Lonely Plant’s Top 10 Regions are 1) Sikkim, India; 2) The Kimberley, Australia; 3) Yorkshire, UK; 4) Hokuriku, Japan; 5) Texas; 6) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia; 7) Mallorca, Spain; 8) West Coast, New Zealand; 9) Hunan, China; and 10) Ha’Apai, Tonga.
Lonely Plant’s Best Value Destinations are 1) Greek Islands; 2) Italy’s Heel; 3) Nicaragua; 4) Bulgaria; 5) Portugal; 60 Fiji; 7) Mexico; 8) Karnataka, India; 9) Palawan, the Philippines; and 10) Ethiopia.
Lonely Planet’s Top Travel Themes are 1) Best Value Destinations; 2) Special Anniversaries; 3) Best Family Travel; 4) Best Honeymoon Destinations; 5) Best Adventure Travel; 6) Best Beaches and Small Islands; 7) the First World War centennial; 8) Best Beatlemania; 9) Top Shakespearian Sites; 10) Where to Win Your Own Winter Olympics; 11) Where to Feel Like One of the Family; 12) Best Luxury Boot Camps; 13) Sights to Make You Feel Small; 14) Best Places to Get Dressed for Success; 15) Hidden Foodie Highlights; 16) Best Classic Car Rides; and 17) The Cat’s Meow.
The book also has a 2014 Travel Planner with more than 35 events mapped out month-by-month including music festivals, marathons, cultural events and parties.
The full selection can be found at www.LonelyPlanet.com/best-in-travel
This autumn DK Eyewitness Travel Guides will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a relaunch of its award-winning flagship guidebook series. The new livery incorporates a modern look that includes updated itineraries and content, stunning images, and fresh typography and jacket covers. DK Eyewitness Travel Guides has built a solid reputation for showing travellers their destinations in ways that no one else does; the relaunch preserves the much-loved integrity of the guides while improving usability.
DK Travel Publishing Director Clare Currie notes that the relaunch comes at a pivotal time: “Our current reality is that more people buy guides in print than they do in digital equivalents, so we will make smart to continue to respond to the market and deliver great content in the format demanded by our readers. We’ve listened to our users and also looked at how we travel ourselves, and what we want before, during, and after we hit the road.”
From the brand-new first edition DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia publishing just in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to the fully updated DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland, an ideal handbook for journeying to The Gathering Ireland 2013, a year-long celebration of all things Irish, DK Eyewitness Travel continues to set the standard for guidebook publishing.
Key features in the redesigned DK Eyewitness Travel Guidesseriesinclude:
• New itinerariesbased on lengths of stay, regional destinations, or themes.
• City guides with tailor-made day trip and weekend itineraries.
• Country guides itineraries ranging from two to fourteen days.
• Brand-new hotel and restaurant listings.
• DK Choice listings highlighting special recommendations for dining and accommodations.
• Simplified price and cuisine categories, with photography throughout.
• Redrawn maps for improved readability.
• Restaurants plotted on maps and listed with adjacent sights.
• More detailed street maps, with subway stops and viewing points.
Relaunch titles publishing 1st October 2013: Berlin, Ireland, Italy, London, New York City, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco & Northern California, Washington, D.C.
Plus brand new guide in the new look: DK Eyewitness Guide Russia
Further titles will follow throughout 2014 with over 60 destinations covered by the end of the year.
For further information please contact Viv Watton on 0207 010 3720 or email@example.com
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