World Chefs: Mina Holland's cookbook spans world in 100 recipes

Tue Jun 9, 2015 8:13am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Recipes from around the world are served with equal portions of history and anecdotes in food writer Mina Holland’s first book, “The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes and the Stories Behind Them.”

Holland, who is based in London, is the editor of Guardian Cook, the food section of the Guardian newspaper. Her book, a travel-cookbook hybrid, has been translated into 12 languages.

“It’s a book you can read from in bed and use in the kitchen,” she said.

Holland, 30, spoke to Reuters about book, her love of food and being led around the world by her stomach.

Q: What’s the link between food and travel?

A: For me it’s a very natural entry point into the culture because it’s one of the first things you need to do when you land in a place. You see a culture operate in a very natural capacity when food is involved.

Q: Have you been to all the countries you write about?

A: I’ve been to a lot of them but I didn’t get to all. I didn’t get to Iran, for example.   Continued...

Food writer Mina Holland, author of "The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes and the Stories Behind Them," is pictured in London in this 2015 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Elena Heatherwick/Handout via Reuters