Driving Hungry by Layne Mosler is a traveling culinary memoir about a San Francisco 30-something who loved restaurants and worked in one, knew rather quickly that she could never be a line cook, uproots her life and goes on a gastronomic adventure.
Her first stop is Buenos Aires, where she takes her first tango
lesson in flip flips, falls in love with a tango instructor, and also
falls onto the idea for her popular food blog Taxi Gourmet.
The formula for each adventure is that she gets into a taxi, asks the
driver about their favorite restaurant and dish, and has them take her
to try them out. Her blog starts to become more popular as she writes
about food and the interesting people she meets along the way. After a
few years, she decides to move on, back to the States in the land of
taxis-New York City.
The section on NYC is decidedly a darker time for her, but it does
have its highlights. She actually decides to get behind the wheel after
so many taxi rides and becomes a taxi driver herself! Layne shares her
driving adventures (and disasters), somehow still finding time to go on
her own food field trips. She begins to feel the pull of wanderlust
rather quickly in New York, so she makes her way to Berlin for a summer.
Layne falls in love with Berlin, with the people, its war torn
history, and the food. She makes friends quickly, in particular with a
taxi driver who writes his own taxi blog, Rumen. After her summer, she
returns to New York, still feeling the pull of Berlin.
Overall, the book surprised me. I was expecting the bulk of the
writing to be about the actual food, but instead it was more about Layne
discovering herself and learning life lessons from the people that came
and went so quickly in her travels. I truly enjoyed this book and hope
that you will pick it up as well!
See, sometimes you can judge books by their covers ;)