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Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz…

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

by Alex Kapranos

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I love the way this book was written - quick, blog-style entries with an equal amount of imagery and opinion. It was a quick read. ( )
  osmium_antidote | Feb 22, 2007 |
All or almost all of the essays in this collection were written as newspaper columns, and there isn't much to link them together or transition from one to the next. I enjoyed reading about exotic food locales that Kapranos visited on tour, but I found his stream of consciousness style a little tiresome after the first few stories. ( )
  verbafacio | Feb 21, 2007 |
People might not think this book would be at all interesting. Let's face it, if people aren't completely perplexed by the idea of a rock band's lead singer writing a book about food, they'd probably find it laughable. However, it's currently my favorite book, and I believe it's worth every penny I paid for it. This started out as a series of columns in a paper based in the UK because Franz Ferdinand is a Scottish band. I started following the columns online, and I was entranced by the plain but descriptive style of the stories, which are much better in a collection.

Alex Kapranos isn't merely a musician. During his various odd jobs that he used to make money on his way to fame, he worked in food a few times. This doesn't make him a food snob in the least; in fact, he has just as much of an appreciation for really good if more 'common' meals. The combination of his past experience with food and his current access to the vast bulk of the world gives some unique perspective on the food of regions, but, more importantly, the world as described in his book gives a wonderful view of the people he travels with and interacted with in the past and the cultures of his destinations. ( )
  gorgeousnerd | Jan 9, 2007 |
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The lead singer of the acclaimed, platinum-selling group Franz Ferdinand takes readers on a rock-and-roll culinary adventure around the world

The extremely successful neo–New Wave band Franz Ferdinand has millions of fans around the globe, and the group’s frequent tours bring its members not only to a wide variety of places but also face to face with a wide range of food. Here, lead singer Alex Kapranos collects his humorous and insightful reflections—compiled partly from his column in the Guardian (London)—on his many international gastronomic encounters, both savory and not so savory. From the charms of a donut shop in a Polish-speaking part of Brooklyn to a decidedly less charming pair of bull’s testicles in Buenos Aires to the seductive, almost-vegetarian allure of a heavenly Singaporean buffet, Kapranos always gets the mouthwatering details just right while delivering an entertaining look at rock-and-roll life on the road.

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