If you are looking for ideas for food and travel destinations or for something to interesting to read, here are some of the best reads you need on your list. From a chef’s tales of food adventures around the world to a writer’s stories of a more personal relationship with food, you will find these books to be fascinating reads.

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventure in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
If there is someone you can trust to know a lot about food from around the world, it would be Chef, TV host, and author Anthony Bourdain. A Cook’s Tour is the well-traveled chef’s latest work that tells about his adventures while searching for the perfect meal across the globe.

A Fork In The Road edited by James Oseland
This book is a collection of drool-worthy stories about food from various authors. Prepare to travel into the world of food seen through the writers’ lenses. Read about dishes like the potentially deadly sashimi Fugu in Japan, a little known rainforest fruit, and Italy’s cheese maggots among others.

My Life in France by Julia Child
My Life in France provides a glimpse into the life of Julia Child, her passion for French cuisine, and her relationship with his husband.

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop
Fuchsia Dunlop’s memoir tells the story of her experiences as she moved to Sichuan province in China. There she developed a great liking to the local cuisine and decided to learn Chinese cooking at the Institute of Higher Cuisine in Chengdu.

Spoon Fed by Kim Severson
Food writer Kim Severson’s autobiography shares her personal relationship with food and the people who have played a role in shaping it. She also writes about her experiences as she explores and built a relationship with food in cities like New York and San Francisco.

Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes by Tom Parker Bowles
Food adventures take on a whole new meaning when faced with extreme cuisines that not many people may know about. In this book, Tom Parker Bowles takes readers into extreme culinary adventures in a bid to try “dangerous” and the most exotic dishes from around the world.