Posts Tagged ‘books’

Book: The Gastronomica Reader

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Gastronomica Reader - Cover Image.We’re thrilled to have culinary expert Darra Goldstein, founding editor and editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: the Journal of Food and Culture, as Study Leader on our Cultures and Cuisines by Private Jet experience.

This week, take your own culinary journey with Goldstein’s newest book, The Gastronomica Reader. Designed both to entertain and to provoke, The Reader offers a sumptuous sampling from the journal’s pages — including essays, poetry, interviews, memoirs, and an outstanding selection of the artwork that has made the quarterly so distinctive. In words and images, it takes us around the globe, through time, and into a dazzling array of cultures.

Cuisine is a key part of travel, and many meals evoke a sense of place. What’s your favorite way to travel with your pallette? Please share!

Book: Vietnam, Rising Dragon

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Required reading for any curious traveler to Vietnam, Bill Hayton’s Vietnam, Rising Dragon takes the reader through the culture and history, as well as complex politics and burgeoning economy ofo this changing nation. A BBC journalist, author Hayton is an expert craftsman who weaves anecdotes from everyday life into a larger narrative of where Vietnam has been, what social and economic changes mean, and what’s next for this magnetic, engaging country.

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Book of the Week – Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Turkey: What You Need to KnowOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

Author Andrew Finkel has spent twenty years studying Turkey while writing for leading publications like The Economist, Time, and The Daily Telegraph. Now he condenses twenty years of work into one book, explaining Turkey’s positon culturally, historically, and geographically, and leading the reader through its complex political landscape and competing priorities.

The Turkish people are legendary for their hospitality. If you’d like to experience it, please join us on one of these upcoming tours to Turkey.

Book of the Week – State of Wonder

Friday, August 26th, 2011

State of WonderOur book partner, Longitude books is always searching for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, they’ve recommended you curl up with State of Wonder – A Novel, by Ann Patchett. A master at creating stories the reader can disappear into, Bel Canto author Ann Patchett brings the Amazon to life with a story of the epic journey of a pharmaceutical researcher who travels there to locate the body of a colleague who died there under mysterious circumstances. The vivid jungle backdrop plays its own pivotal role in the mystery that unfolds.

Click to plan your own Amazon adventure with Smithsonian Journeys.

Book of the Week – Mountain Light, In Search of the Dynamic Landscape

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Mountain Light - Galen RowellOur book partner, Longitude books, is on the hunt for new books to inspire and inform your travels.

This week, spend some time perfecting your landscape photography skills with Mountain Light, In Search of the Dynamic Landscape, by Galen Rowell.

Acclaimed photographer and photojournalist Galen Rowell generously shares his techniques for making vivid, visually arresting landscape photographs. This book includes 80 of Rowell’s most phenomenal mountain photographs, with technical instructions and details on the conditions under which he made each picture.

You’ll come away with a deeper understanding as to how these unusual photographs were made and some useful techniques on making your own photos shine.

Smithsonian Journeys tours abound with wonderful opportunities to make photos. Click here to request or download our current catalog and plan your next adventure and here to see our 2012 tour lineup.