In this smart and savvy food book, Mina Holland explains the flavors and techniques that distinguish 40 world cuisines. "Cuisine," she declares, "is the edible lovechild of both geography and history" and can tell travelers as much about their destination as a map or a guidebook. In light, personable prose, she takes readers region-by-region through France, Spain, Italy, India and across every continent. She brings a lot to the table -- not just recipes, but bits of history, culture and tradition. A great choice for foodies, bon vivants and world travelers alike.