Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Eat Pray Love, except different

I loved Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read it probably half a dozen times and have since trolled the travel fiction section regularly looking for something similar. Well now I would like to introduce you to Rita Golden Gelman. She wrote the original Eat Pray Love if you will, called Tales of a Female Nomad. It's a terrific book that follows her journey into becoming a world traveler. This summer she has released a follow-up of sorts called Female Nomad and Friends. It's an inspiring and funny collection of short travel tales from women (and a few good men) from around the world accompanied by delicious recipes. If your craving some new fodder for your travelling taste buds check out both of these lovely books. - Bronwyn
PS the blog may be quiet over the next few days as I am on holidays until mid August. Happy Reading!


“I move throughout the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.”

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of forty-eight, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L.A. to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. In 1986 she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. She has observed orangutans in the rain forest of Borneo, visited trance healers and dens of black magic, and cooked with women on fires all over the world. Rita’s example encourages us all to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy, the exuberance, and the hidden spirit that so many of us bury when we become adults.

Female Nomad and Friends 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 app├ętit, selamat makan, buen provecho!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are so right! I was just posting elsewhere about how much better this book was than Eat Pray Love. I couldn't stand how self absorbed Gilbert was--Gelman wrote such a tribute to the people and places she found along her journey. Thanks for getting the word out about this superior book about wanderlust and life!

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