Book review: Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King

From the official blurb: “On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book Review: Exotic England

Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation is a book I would recommend to any English, Anglophile, history buff or traveller, planning a trip to London - or even to people, who are none of the above. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown analyzes complex relationships between England and various Eastern civilizations over the ages. And, in doing so, she explores - and often explodes - much wider myths. One of ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book Review: Florence, the Biography of the City

Florence fascinated – and still fascinates – millions of people over many centuries. Countless travelers, authors, photographers, poets, historians and artists have set out to explore it. However, I dare say, we are yet to see more thorough, full and colourful book on it, than Christopher Hibbert’s Florence: the Biography of the City. And is exactly what it says on the tin: a biography, exploring ... VIEW THE POST >>