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Sound Bites: Eating On Tour With Franz Ferdinand

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  440 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
In September 2005, Alex Kapranos began writing about what he ate while touring the world with the rock band Franz Ferdinand. The writing is as much about where he eats and the people he eats with as the unusual flavours he tastes on the road.

Whether it’s munching donuts with cops in Brooklyn, swallowing bull’s balls with the band in Buenos Aires or queuing for a saveloy in
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Penguin (first published December 1st 2006)
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eLmo eLmo
Mar 05, 2013 eLmo eLmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, the rating was a bit biased, since i love, LOVE this man and the band. But, honestly, the man can really write. Transferred from a culinary column Kapranos used to write for Guardian UK while on tour with the band, the book was breaking the rules of 'going to a foreign place, taste their food, write about it'. Instead, Kapranos wrote about other aspects around the food, what his other senses feel while eating a certain food. And even his memory.
I can actually pictured everything happened in
Mar 12, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining but uneven collection of food commentary. The lead column is superb but not all columns live up to it - many are somewhat less than informative regarding the restaurant, and instead evoke impressions of life on the road; this may be good or bad, depending on which topic you enjoy reading about more - food or touring. On the plus side, Mr. Kapranos has a fine touch for tying together memories from his childhood/formative years and experiences on the road - those columns are the best. ...more
Apr 25, 2009 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kapranos is the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.

In 2005 and 2006, he was tapped by The Guardian to write a food column. This slim volume is a collection of those writings and other musings done on the road while touring. I think the longest story is a mere three pages...

Skipping all over the globe, the former chef turned rock star, shares with us foodie delights, anecdotes about his dining companions and his love of all foods fancy or not. His descriptions are evocati
This book is a compilation of articles that Kapranos wrote while on tour as the lead singer for Franz Ferdinand. The articles were published in real time in the Guardian, and I heard about the book on NPR, where Kapranos was interviewed and it peaked my interest. As someone who has cooked in a real kitchen, I feel a kinship with others who have gone through the highs and lows. And that experience will forever color how I think about food, and how I eat out, as it has also done for Kapranos. Some ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Rory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Food and culture lovers, creative non-fiction readers
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my comfort books. It's the book I read when I want to fall in love with food again, the book I read when I want to be reassured the people around the food are more important than the food itself, and the book I read when I'm stuck at home but want a taste of the world outside.

I read the Guardian columns when they were first published - I'm a big Franz Ferdinand fan, and I actually saw them perform on tour during the period the book takes place, although none of the entries cover t
Published here are items from Alex Kapranos' Guardian column from his time on tour in 2005. Some bits are better than others, and I feel like they're really best read two or three at a time (they're each only a page or two long), rather than reading the entire book straight through. I liked the way he describes food here, as well as the ways he relates stories about his band, or his childhood, or his time as a chef, or vignettes of the people and places he encounters during the tour. And each li ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Shui rated it really liked it
So it turns out that Alex is a traveling foodie and therefore a man after my own heart! Little titbits in the guise of short (3-4 pages no longer) anecdotes about meals, memories and locations. I don't know why but I never imagined that it would be so well written without ever being over-clever (hence irritating). AK travels the world with the band but even if you aren't a Franz Ferdinand fan as long as you are a foodie then this book will appeal to the adventurous palate. Lord knows I am as int ...more
I bought this book on a bargain not having any idea who Alex Kapranos was or that Franz Ferdinand is, in fact, a band. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book a lot. Sound Bites made my mouth water in many parts and made me wince in disgust at others. I liked that Kapranos wrote about the most bizarre of food and places I had to look up many words on google to keep up. I found myself learning quite a number of interesting things apart from what he had already shared. I liked the way he describ ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Ignacia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: road-trip, british, 2014
Me gustó la forma de escribir de Kapranos, no me lo imaginaba de esa forma. Sus aventuras por el mundo junto a su grupo, Franz Ferdinand fueron muy entretenidas.
Debería trabajar permanentemente en un periódico recomendando sitios donde comer.
Eso si, éste hombre es demasiado carnívoro. En más de un capítulo leí a la velocidad de la luz sólo por que quería pasar rápido las partes donde se vuelve tan detallista y explica de un modo que solo un autentico amante de la carne puede hacer. No me interes
Angela Maher
Jan 04, 2013 Angela Maher rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book gives a little bit of insight into touring with Franz Ferdinand, but you certainly don't need to be a fan of the band to enjoy the book, just a fan of food and new experiences. Descriptions of meals at exclusive restaurants are interspersed with childhood food memories, all the little stories involving something special, new or interesting. His genuine enthusiasm for trying new foods is umistakeable, but not overbearing, and I like the honesty in what experiences he did not particularl ...more
Apr 29, 2007 will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of travel, food, and music
a read this in one day. it's really great and has awesome funny little illustrations courtesy of franz ferdinand's touring keyboard player or something. no need to be a fan of the band to like this, but if you are curious about what touring life is like this is really good stuff. anyone who likes good travel writing should enjoy this, it's as much about where he is eating (and who with) as it is about the actual food.
Jan 18, 2009 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short enjoyable read. It's nice reading books about something you know a little bit about (in this case, food) and finding that the opinions of the author seem to match with yours. Alex Kapranos has a nice conversational style of writing and he often creates paragraph-long descriptions of food utilizing some kind of metaphor. They don't always work but they keep things interesting.
Caleb Guillotte
Apr 22, 2008 Caleb Guillotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Combining two of my loves, music and food , gives y=this book a head start, but it is Kapranos's easy, un-selfimportant journalistic approach to a travel/food diary that makes this such an easy read. Genuinely disappointed when it was over.
Jacob Shelton
May 29, 2017 Jacob Shelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each page was made cured ham, what a delight!
Jun 18, 2015 Cecilebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quel délice que de suivre Alex Kapranos de Franz Ferdinand découvrant les subtilités de son palais ! En tournée avec son groupe et sur une proposition de The Guardian, le chanteur et guitariste – ancien chef ! – a tenu durant deux ans et demi un journal contant ses aventures (et mésaventures) culinaires sur les routes, publiées sur le site du quotidien anglais. Le livre réunit ces 51 textes, nourris de détails et débordants d’humour, écrits avec une simplicité réjouissante où l’on découvre un pa ...more
Dec 13, 2007 matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2004, hipsters with developed palates and deep pockets
within the first 5 pages, it becomes painfully obvious that Kapranos can't write. He uses awkward tenses, goes off on tangential points that last the entire "chapter" and basically lacks the personality that makes reading about food/eating even a little bit interesting.
it's a shame too because Kapranos has always come across as such a ham (pun intended) that you'd hope his writing would be just as welcoming as his persona. Having interviewed him once, I can attest to a certain swarmy charm abou
Jul 20, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst I'd heard of Franz Ferdinand I'd never heard their music and chose the book by its subject matter, food.
Alex Kapranos comes across a an intelligent and perceptive writer. With his background as a chef of some years he is able to give a knowledgable evaluation of the foods of the many countries visited on tour.
I note some have commented negatively on the shortness of the chapters apparently not aware that the book title is Sound Bites.
I must say I would welcome a expanded version of the bo
Nicole Kuiper
Mar 18, 2016 Nicole Kuiper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why this book only has a 3 star rating. This book is a great read. You do NOT have to be a fan of the band to appreciate the stories from each of the eateries. Part of eating food is not about the quality of the item in front of you on the table but the people who surround you while you partake in the dining experience. This is a great book to skip around and pick up and read again. 
Aug 19, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
not a book that inspired you, or life changing kinda book. this book has very short chapters, great book to carry around with you in your bag, just in case you get bored in the train, or waiting for something. it also has cute and simple illustrations as well. some chapters are a bit too short, i often thought, 'what?thats it?' a bit disapointing, because it started quite good, and it ended quite fast.
Mar 16, 2009 Laila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
About food, so I liked it. The author wrote in a sort of way that I enjoyed initially and was irritated by halfway through. Although I did read it in one sitting so maybe i should have taken a break from it. Regardless, it's always fun to read about great meals from someone who clearly loves food.
Apr 04, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Kapranos is not only the lead singer for the band Franz Ferdinand, but a gifted essayist. Here he writes about eating and the experiences associated with it while on a world tour. It's a fantastic read and I highly reccommend it. A few more books of essays like this, and Kapranos could fashion himself into a modern EB White.
Jul 16, 2008 Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies, music lovers
This is a fantastic collection of short essays from the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand. I picked this up in Heathrow Airport and I'd finished it by the time I landed in New York seven hours later. Kapranos' writing is excellent, and the characters and locales detailed in your book will transport you to exotic, enticing places.
Brooke Everett
Sep 05, 2007 Brooke Everett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
A fun food book with an extremely different perspective. His writing style swerves from thought to thought, the next thought always being something completely unexpected. It ends with a nice touch: there's a list in the back of the book with the information on where to find all the restaurants he mentions.
Sep 03, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was SO good! If I weren't already a Franz Ferdinand fan, I'd give them a chance solely based on Kapranos's intelligence, humor, and humility. His writing is brilliant - beautiful and evocative. I felt like I was seeing what he and the band were seeing and eating what they were eating. I'm so glad I was finally able to get my hands on this one and read it!
Apr 13, 2007 lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-related
Okay, so I got this for free at ALA, and I didn't hate it nearly as much as I thought I would. Part travel writing, part food writing, he mixes the typical tour diary with funny, smart, weird food experiences.
Apr 07, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, and I finally found it at the Strand for super cheap. And I was disappointed, unfortunately. It just wasn't what I expected. Luckily it was really short and didn't take much time to read. Oh well.
Marc Pastor
No deixa de ser irònic que un llibre sobre la teca que es fot el cantant de Franz Ferdinand a les seves gires acabi tenint tan poca substància.
De vegades es curiós, sobretot quan explica anècdotes a païssos asiàtics. La resta és poc nutritiu.
Mark Wallsy
Dec 20, 2012 Mark Wallsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kapranos writes about dining whilst touring with all the knowledge of a former chef and the grace of a true critic. As much a diary of life on the road as it is a gourmand's guide to world eateries. Quite brilliant.
Jan 08, 2017 Sharni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the band and I love food, so this book was an easy read. Some columns were a lot more enjoyable than others but overall I enjoyed the writing style and how descriptive Kapranos was about the food, the people and his surroundings in different countries.
Makes you want to share a meal with Alex Kapranos. It gets quite redundant but fortunately it's a quick read. Must have been nice to read the columns in the paper but as a collection, the interest fades quickly.
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