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

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  502 Ratings  ·  94 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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Aug 06, 2012 Linnea rated it did not like it
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
Rachel D
Jul 05, 2009 Rachel D rated it it was ok
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
Stuart Hill
I was attracted to this title by the concept; the author's mission was to 'go everywhere and eat everything' which sounded like an interesting opportunity to find out more about the diversity of the world's cultures by exploring their cuisines. Sadly, the book which resulted was a real disappointment.

Whilst I didn't expect the book to literally fulfil the premise it would at least have worked a lot better if Majumdar had attempted to more clearly define what the purpose of the book was and to ha
Stacy Z
Sep 25, 2012 Stacy Z rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
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
Mar 23, 2013 Kasia rated it it was ok
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
Apr 22, 2014 Nicole rated it it was ok
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
Dec 24, 2011 Kam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, food, travel
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
Jan 06, 2012 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: passion-pop
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
Nov 20, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was ok
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
Jun 07, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Phil Williams
Jun 26, 2016 Phil Williams rated it really liked it
I envy Simon Majumdar. In Eat My Globe, he travels to 31 countries in a year to experience many of the foods from each region. He eats often and often eats well. But not always. Some of the dishes presented to him would have the weak of soul running for the door, like the braised dog he tried in China or the Cod Sperm Sushi in Japan.

If it wasn't for all the traveling and living on the road, I would love to copy this experiment. I, like Simon, love to eat and enjoy the surprise of a new flavor.
Apr 18, 2011 Doug rated it liked it
Any book that combines food and tral is OK by me, and this had some good bits. However, there were a couple of things that weren't all that great. For one thing, the author has an admitted predilection for "weird" food: offal, innards, that kind of thing, which I, quite frankly, can live without. Secondly, the author's personality, which came through loud and clear, while very enthustiastic about his "work," somehow rubbed me the wrong way a little bit. Just not a book that I fully warmed up to.
Jun 26, 2015 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: foodstuff, biography
I was disappointed. There were bits that were interesting and well written, but it was more about his travel arrangements and logistics than the food - as though he had just copied his calendar details and turned them into sentences.

And then he got whiny - oh, not, not ANOTHER street market - I'm SO tired of them. Since he set his own schedule and itinerary, perhaps he could have spared himself, and us, some of the complaining.
Apr 21, 2010 Sandee rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I do like a good read about someone who took a year to reach a big life goal. Simon's was to go everywhere and eat everything. It falls short of a good book, however, as many of his thoughts and ideas aren't very fleshed out and he makes broad statements without facts to back them up. It is one big essay of what he ate, and that's it.
Aug 06, 2013 Yuliya rated it liked it
I've never heard of Simon Majumdar or his blog before reading this book and did not find his food descriptions particularly enticing. His selection of foods was somewhat dubious as it seemed he was heavily leaning towards weird foods that were not always representative of that country's everyday or traditional cuisine.
Jul 01, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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!)
Jul 13, 2012 Tori rated it it was ok
Maybe I've read too much foodie literature lately, but I found this lackluster. The descriptions were banal and at no time did I get really enthused about where he was at or what he was eating.
May 07, 2010 Blithekins rated it really liked it
Good humor :)
Jul 06, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2015-16-season
Travelog and memoir, and written in the authors unmistakable own voice.
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
Sphinx Feathers
Feb 10, 2017 Sphinx Feathers rated it it was ok
I was actually very excited to get this book, but the author's attitudes throughout the essays were what put me off. A lot of his book highlighted how much he disliked a food, or a city, or a country, and did not leave any room for positives. He also did not write descriptively. It was obvious when he did enjoy something and when he did not, but he seems to have forgotten (the majority of the time) that the reader cannot see or feel his experience. This also resulted in extremely short chapters, ...more
Rachel Rogers
Mar 23, 2015 Rachel Rogers rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2009 Belle rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2009 Robin rated it liked it
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
Jun 17, 2009 Sara rated it did not like it
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
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
Jan 10, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
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
Aug 11, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: around-the-world
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
May 30, 2009 Dorrit rated it liked it
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
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