Title: Female Nomad and Friends
Author: Rita Golden Gelman
Review Copy Provided by: Three Rivers Press
About the Book: In 1987, Rita, newly divorced, set out to live her dream. She sold all her possessions and became a nomad. She wrote a book about her ongoing journey and, in 2001, insisted on putting her personal e-mail address in the last chapter—against all advice. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision. She has met thousands of readers, stayed in their homes, and sat around kitchen tables sharing stories and food and laughter.
In this essay collection, Gelman includes her own further adventures, as well as those of writers and readers telling tales of the shared humanity they experienced in their travels. The stories are funny and sad, poignant and tender, familiar and bizarre. They will make you laugh and cry and maybe even send you off on your own adventure. Also included are fabulous international recipes such as vegetarian dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano chiles topped with a white cream sauce with walnuts and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds), and ho mok (an extraordinary fish-coconut custard from Thailand). Happy reading—and bon appétit, selamat makan, buen provecho!
My Review: What a delightful collection of essays! I really enjoyed Gelman's thoughts as well as those of the others in the book. The stories took me through a range of emotions as I read them and made me want to see the places that were being talked about. I love to read first person accounts; it makes me really feel like I'm walking in the person's shoes. The voice in these essays really comes through as the authors speak from the heart and with passion!
My favorite thing about this book is the recipes. I love to collect recipes and cookbooks, and love it even more when authors include recipes in their books. I am anxious to try out many of the recipes because they are out of my comfort zone and culturally different than what I am used to. It will definitely be a challenge, but one that I am ready to take on.