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Dimensions:
250 × 190 mm
256 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789140071
Illustrations:
173 illustrations, 149 in colour
Published:
17 Dec 2018
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Food on the Move Dining on the Legendary Railway Journeys of the World Sharon Hudgins

All aboard for a delicious ride on nine legendary railway journeys! Meals associated with train travel have been an important aspect of railway history for more than a century – from dinners in dining cars to lunches at station buffets to foods purchased from platform vendors. For many travellers, the experience of eating on a railway journey is often a highlight of the trip, a major part of the ‘romance of the rails’.

Food on the Move focuses on the culinary history of these famous journeys on five continents, from the earliest days of rail travel to the present. The engaging story and vivid illustrations invite readers to discover an array of railway feasts: haute cuisine in the elegant dining carriages of the Orient Express, American steak-and-eggs on the Santa Fe Super Chief, and home-cooked regional foods along the Trans-Siberian tracks. Readers will be tempted to eat their way across Canada’s vast interior and Australia’s spectular and colourful Outback; grab an infamous ‘British railway sandwich’ to munch on the Flying Scotsman; snack on spicy samosas on the Darjeeling Himalayan ‘Toy Train’; dine at high speed on Japan’s ‘Bullet Train’; and sip South African wines in a Blue Train luxury lounge car featuring windows of glass fused with gold dust.

Written by eight different authors who have travelled on those legendary lines, the book include recipes, from the dining cars and station eateries, taken from historical menus and contributed by contemporary chefs. Food on the Move is a veritable feast!

EXTRACT: to read an extract from the book please click here.

‘I am of course far from the first to find trains uniquely pleasant or productive. Food on the Move, a new collection of essays by various writers, describes dining by rail – in an exalted past and, in the book’s tantalizing narratives, sometimes today – as an experience as exhilarating and varied as watching the scenery unfold mile by mile . . . The visions laid out in this book of the glory days of the Orient Express, the grandest and most local cuisine-oriented of the trains surveyed here, or of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, on which bearers would telegraph orders to a railway kitchen down the line for hot delivery at the next stop, make my celebrations over the appearance of a new snack packet in the Amtrak cafe car seem particularly paltry.’ – New York Times Book Review

‘Hudgins and seven other writers recount the glory days of train travel, specifically focusing on the cuisine that travelers used to partake of en route. It wasn't just the presence of cloth napkins, fine china, and real silverware that made the trip special; thought and care also went into crafting menus and selecting fine wine. Behind the scenes, chefs contended with the logistics of butchering meat (on board!) and keeping food cold, while the waitstaff made travelers feel like honored guests. Yes, once upon a time, it really was just like in the movies. Hudgins and her crew cover the globe from Japan's bullet train to the famed Orient Express to British Railways' Flying Scotsman. Even the United States, Canada, and Australia all once had train lines that knew how to “put on a spread.” Readers will appreciate all of the research that shines in each chapter, but included photographs and recipes are sure to whet many a nostalgic appetite for a slower, more gentle, more genteel way of life and travel.’ – Booklist

‘Food and trains, my twin passions, are brought together brilliantly in this guided tour of the symbiotic relationship between railways and eating. Whether it is a simple aloo dum enjoyed in the hill town of Darjeeling, caviar on the Trans-Siberian  or a feast on Orient Express, this book makes you want to go on every journey and eat every meal described in it.’ – Christian Wolmar, author of Engines of the Raj: How the Steam Age Transformed India

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Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author whose books include The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East (2003) and T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks: Cooking with Two Texans in Siberia and the Russian Far East (2018).