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Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  79 reviews
When Simon Majumdar hit forty, he realized there had to be more to life than his stable but uninspiring desk job. As he wondered how to escape his career, he rediscovered a list of goals he had scrawled out years before, the last of which said: Go everywhere, eat everything. With that, he had found his mission -- a yearlong search for the delicious, and curious, and the cu ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Rachel D
I liked the premise and most of his travelogue (especially about his childhood as a half-Welsh, half-Bengali Brit), but he comes off as snobby and pretentious. The writing could have been better; I was horrified at the sheer amount of typos. At times, I wasn't sure what his objective was, besides challenging himself and taking a break -- traveling the world in search of the weirdest, grossest national food? traveling the world in search of all the various ways meat, meat byproducts, and offal co ...more
I love to eat, and I come from a family that loves to eat, as well. This has nothing to do with wealth, because my family is hardly wealthy - comfortably well-off, yes, but not wealthy. We simply enjoy good food, and are not above spending a little more than usual if it means the food will be excellent. Oftentimes, though, the best food is relatively inexpensive, and there is certainly a lot of "gourmet" food that is hardly worth the money spent on it. In fact, it tends to be an even greater dis ...more
Rachel Rogers
My first and only contact with Simon Majumdar is as a judge on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen where's he's ascerbic, clearly spoken, incisive and very British. That he loves food and people who make it is clear in his commentary. This book is an outpouring of his love of food. As in other people's reviews, it can be a bit disturbing to read the amount of food he packs away during any meal or day but that's what the book is about. He explains his love of food in the introduction and never shies ...more
This truly has to be one of the funnier "do something in a year" books I have ever read! Simon's details, not just of the food, but of his family had me laughing so hard I woke my husband up (and not just once!)
This book was a disappointment for two reasons. First, the author is just plain obnoxious. He alternates among opinionated, gluttonous, and crude. Yes, ladies, he's single! Second, the food all starts to sound the same. How is that even possible, when Majumdar spent a year eating the world's food? Further, Majumbar failed to describe the meals in a way that inspired the reader to seek out various cuisine. What does a banana leaf taste like? Why do so many cultures use chilies? We aren't told. Wi ...more
Good humor :)
Ugh, now I feel nauseous. I am honestly just amazed at the amount of food this man packed away on this trip. I mean, he barely gave himself time to digest one meal before he started eating another - it was crazy! Just reading about it makes me feel ill.

That being said, this wasn't a bad read. I was a little anxious after seeing how many one star reviews it had on here but there were things I enjoyed about it. It introduced me to food from many countries that I'd never heard of (the food, not the
Simon Majumdar reminds me of Thomas Friedman in terms of narrative writing - they have the identical ability to make me side-eye the author whenever they go off on their pretentious rants and seem to think that they are far smarter/cleverer than they think they are. a

Majumdar's writing manages to meander and lag at the same time: I was intrigued by the concept behind his book, but I've read better food reviews on While some of his anecdotes (particularly some of the local history and c
Not the sort I would usually read but it was lent to me by a friend who said it was good. So far I am enjoying it despite thinking, at the same time, what sort of person could be so obsessive about food. Recalling events by the food eaten at them is something I find hard to comprehend, with it being by far the exception rather than the rule. At lease Majumdar seems to judge food fairly. He may be pedantic about how it is presented and tastes but at least there is a lack of snobbery in the food h ...more
When I first saw this book on the shelf at the bookstore, I thought, "Hey look! This is a bright and interesting cover! Ooh and it's about food around the world, too! I'm buying it!"

It might have been one of the worst mistakes I made that year.

The book starts out with a great narrative of how Majumdar's life was lacking something and how he figured out how to fix his ride through the doldrums. He recites anecdotes about his childhood, his mother's cooking, and his general love for food. Then he
I really enjoyed reading this book, for two reasons in particular.

First - although I didn’t agree with his food opinions 100%, his escapades constantly made me chuckle. It was a fast read, and perfect for easing into a 2-month leisure trip.

Second – he is honest about the good, as well as the not-so-good, that is par for the course during extended travel. I especially felt vindicated to read how his experience in China mirrored mine (difficult and disgusting). He admits that it’s not always easy
The idea is some bloke I've never heard of travels to various destinations around the world eating lots of interesting food. It came personally recommended by a couple of people who thought I should read it. In theory I should have got along quite well with it - I like to travel, I've been to a few of his travel destinations which piqued my interest plus I'm a bit of a food tourist.

Unfortunately aforementioned bloke really just eats too much. Gluttony is not good. For much of the book I had vis
Unbelievable book. I love Simon Majumdar's writing and I love his food snobbiness as well as his adventurousness!! <3 I really hope to meet him someday! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good journey story, loves travel and a bit of cultural history, as well as loves hearing amazing descriptions of fascinating foods from around the world! I want to read more of his stuff! <3
Upon reaching his 40th birthday, Mr. Majumdar decided his life wouldn’t be complete unless he fulfilled a special goal. The one he chose was to travel around the world, indulging his delight in delicious, mouth-watering meals, the kind of food he dreamt about but hadn’t had an opportunity to taste. Whether it was in search of truly spectacular barbecue or suffering the attentions of incredibly rude people while sampling hot dogs, Mr. Majumdar left almost no stone unturned as he crisscrossed the ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I first saw Simon Majumdar on some Food Network show and just thought he was a big, annoying jerk. After reading this book, I still think he's kind of a jerk, but he's a jerk that I'd like to have dinner with. Now, I understand him better: He's a bit like Anthony Bourdain, opinionated, brash, and honest to a fault.

I like that he's not afraid to say when he didn't like something, or some place, even if I don't agree with the way in which he phrases things or lumps large categories of a culture t
Simon Majumdar is a snob. Don't get me wrong--I'm sure there are people who would call me a snob, too. I prefer to make my own granola, I never buy bottled salad dressings, and I've been known to bake my own crackers. But if you're going to write a food travel book, it's probably best to TRY not to be a condescending jerk about it. Have I enjoyed everything I've eaten while traveling? No. But food is a fantastic way to experience local culture, and that's the book I was looking for here. I tried ...more
There are many reviews that criticize this book and I would have to agree with them for the most part of this book. It's written in a really bad way and the author has a HUGE problem with his ego. It's inconsistent, lack structure and purpose, and shows that the author doesn't really know what he's doing.
BUT the premise of the book is one of the best ones out there and there were a few moments that I actually quite liked in this book. But they were always about places that he either knew or had
It is difficult to enjoy a global feast when you dislike your host. Simon Majumdar writes at a slightly spastic pace, with cutting observations and occasionally excellent descriptions of people, places and regional dishes, from the tame to the insane.

Maybe I've just read too many books individually dedicated to the topics of extreme travel and eating. As Majumdar trekked through Asia, I kept thinking, "This guy is no J. Maarten Troost." And when it comes to food, I guess I'd rather hear about t
While not nearly as entertaining as A COOK'S TOUR by Anthony Bourdain, this was a fun romp around the world with Simon who vows to try anything in any country. Along the way he tries cooked scorpion (notice that's singular), eel sperm (think is was eel or some other sea creature's stuff but it was as bad as it sounds), and various other "delicacies" in various countries. I didn't find the author nearly as engaging as Bourdain but he did have a way with turning a a witty phrase or making his esca ...more
Well, this was an interesting books. I loved the premise--a foodie who quits his job to travel around the world, eating the best food in countries around the world, in one year. Things I liked: he really concentrated on the real food of a region, sometimes visiting the fancy-schmancy places but also local eateries, even food courts and street vendors. Things I didn't like so well--his descriptions of some of the food he ate--this is a guy who can completely go off on how awful pizza is, and then ...more
This is far more a travelogue than a food book, despite the title. For a book that purports to be a food book it really has remarkably little about the food. While it lists the dishes the author tasted and his reactions to them, the descriptions are too bland and repetitive to help me imagine what the food might really be like. In addition, the writing is distressingly poor, especially considering that the author left a publishing job to research and write the book. He and his editors should be ...more
Heidi Busch
An interesting book about traveling and eating. I read it a while ago and it just came up in conversation, so I decided to add it. I do remember it being a bit long and it kind of got repetitive as well.
I'm surprised by some of the reviews I just read. I just finished this book and loved it!.
He had a blog before he started traveling, people took note and I'm assuming from what I read, unless I read a different copy, that these people invited him to stay at there homes while he was traveling.
He did something adventurous, by himself and managed to pull it off.
How many of us have wanted to travel the world, see the sites, meet the locals and sample some of the food, I know I do. So, he's not
Let's get one thing clear from the start: the author can be a real prick. He says so himself. That having been said, he's funny, and makes a slew of friends, so how much more of one than a lot of people can he really be?

I recommend the book not particularly for the culinary insights; frankly, I found that aspect slightly naive (he'd never heard of "butter chicken" and appears to have confused souvlaki with gyros). Instead his experiences make for a (relatively consistently) funny travel narrativ
Susan Phillips
Having just finshed this book I got a bit bored at some of experiences, yes I love food but do you have to remind us that you've already been to this city or that country before.
Majumdar is a bit of an ass, but he knows how to eat. A trip around food of the world. If you enjoy eating, you will enjoy this book and the some of the I reservations made.
When Simon turns forty he is working at a job that he doesn't love any more. While cooking his favorite comfort food Bengali dahl, he finds a notebook with a list of life goals inside. One of the goals Go everywhere, eat everything got him to thinking. Another list with places to go and food to eat was made. Eat my globe was born. Connecting with friends in the blogosphere, he maps out a plan that takes him to 28 countries in 15 months. Simon has very strong opinions about food and he is not afr ...more
Extremely funny and very well-written though not in a rich-prose sort-of-way. Very light and you can finish this at an airport during your arrival/departure.
The whole premise that one can go globe trotting for teh sake of eating impressed me. Chapters on China with men slurping from either side, rotting shark meat.. revealing but gross.
For a person who feels that the long hand of law will soon catch up for the number of feathered friends (mind u no mammals ah!) that I have devoured, Simon does
He kept saying, in the book, that it was the people that made the trip wonderful, yet he never wrote about them, except when they took him to more food.

Okay, 2.5 stars.
Normally I don't touch non fiction with a ten foot pole, but I picked this up at my other half's house for a quick browse while he was otherwise disposed and found that I couldn't put it down. Perhaps because it combines my two loves of food and travel. I love Majumdar's writing style; it's not exactly perfect, but it just seems real, as if speaking to a friend. His graphic descriptions of amazing meals have made me want to pack my bags and follow in his footsteps. My one criticism is that this ...more
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