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A Book For Foodies And Travelers

Pictures like these are downright cruel and unusual if you're already experiencing the winter doldrums. I heard about this book on The Splendid Table (sorry, NPR!) — in an interview with the editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe is a foodie/traveler's coffee table dream. (Or nightmare, again, if you're stuck in a cold, cloudy city.)

It actually inspired me to look up national dishes from around the globe, and I found this list on Wikipedia. America's national dishes are stuffed turkey, steak and hamburger — surprise! Some other highlights include octopus curry in Mauritius, skoudehkaris in Djibouti (don't act like you've never heard of it) and the ever-polarizing vegemite on toast in Australia.

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