If a trip abroad isn’t in your foreseeable future, a visit to a local grocery store might just satisfy your craving for international adventure. Pack up a bag of cookbooks at your neighborhood library, then embark on a journey across town to Aihua, Evansville’s own international market. Or tour the aisles of the closest supermarket. Marvelous and exotic discoveries are waiting to be made there: pots of spiky green lemon grass, red-scaled dragon fruit, bottles of kimchi, ponzu, and hot yuzu sauce.
To serve as your guidebooks, check out these recent recommendations from well-traveled cooks. All feature beautiful photography and travel tales from around the world and are just a small sampling of the EVPL cookbook collection.
Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen by Gonzalo González Guzmán, with Stacy Adimando
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann, with Peter Kaminsky
Halifax Tastes: Recipes from the Region’s Best Restaurants by Liz Feltham
World-Class Swedish Cooking: Artisanal Recipes from One of Stockholm’s Most Celebrated Restaurants by Björn Frantzén and Daniel Lindeberg
The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden
A Table in Venice: Recipes from My Home by Skye McAlpine
Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes by Sabrina Ghayour
Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia by Desmond Tan and Kate Leahy
Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i by Alana Kysar
Fresh Happy Tasty: An Adventure in 100 Recipes by Jane Coxwell