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Michael Booth Books In Order

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Just as Well I'm Leaving (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacre Cordon Bleu (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Super Sushi Ramen Express / Sushi and Beyond (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eat, Pray, Eat (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Almost Nearly Perfect People (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Meaning of Rice (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Tigers, One Mountain (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lonely Planet Encounter Books

Athens Encounter (By: Victoria Kyriakopoulos) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paris Encounter (By: Catherine Le Nevez) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lonely Planet Prague Encounter (By: Brett Atkinson) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lonely Planet Tokyo Encounter (By: Wendy Yanagihara) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hanoi & Halong Bay Encounter (By: Tom Downs) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Copenhagen Encounter (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dubai Encounter (By: Lara Dunston) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marrakesh Encounter (By: Alison Bing) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beijing Encounter (By: David Eimer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beijing Encounter (By: Eilis Quinn) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fez Encounter (By: Virginia Maxwell,Helen Ranger) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ko Samui Encounter (By: China Williams) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Los Angeles Encounter (By: Amy C. Balfour) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bangkok Encounter (By: Austin Bush) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lisbon Encounter 1 (By: Kerry Walker) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boston Encounter (By: Mara Vorhees) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Michael Booth is an award-winning author who writes mostly about travel, food, and foreign countries. He is best known as the author of Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan, Eat, Pray, Eat: One Man’s Accidental Search for Equanimity, Equilibrium and Enlightenment, The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, and Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan.

In addition to his work as an author, Booth also does writing for publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, and Condé Nast Traveler, and The Telegraph. He is as a correspondent for Monocle magazine. Michael is also in demand as a speaker who gives talks about the Nordic lands and his experiences.

Booth is married to a Danish woman and the couple now make their home in Denmark. He was ignorant about the world when he moved and soon learned that the Nordics were a lot more diverse than he thought going in. His book, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, is considered by some to be a must read for those whoa re looking to understand the Nordic nations. Michael has also written extensively about Japan and finds a lot of similarities between the Japanese and Finnish as both are reserved and controlled.

Sacre Cordon Bleu: What the French Know about Cooking isn’t about celebrity chefs and following recipes, but about how to actually cook. To do so, he heads to Paris to learn how to do it. He enrolls at the world famous cooking school, Le Cordon Blue, and slowly begins his transformation into becoming a real professional chef. While all of this is going on, Booth and his family try to adjust to their new lives in Paris. Also in the book, Booth introduces readers to other food-obsessed students at the school and even meets the great Gerard Depardieu. Along the way, Booth shares the secrets of his training and French cooking. He also deals with how French cooking got so bad and explores whether or not it still deserves its reputation as the culinary center of the universe.

Booth returned to his travel adventures with Super Sushi Ramen Express: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan. The reputation of Japan is that it is one of the top food nations on the planet. It is a place with more Michelin stars than any other country. The chefs in Japan go to extraordinary lengths to produce food, they are known for their outstanding preparation and the exotic content in the dishes. It is one of the more creative countries when it comes to dishes, including things like cod sperm and octopus ice cream. For as exotic as the dishes are, they are also known for their tremendous health benefits. Booth heads to Japan to learn about what is going on as well as learn tips and recipes that few westerners have ever seen. Michael and his wife head to Japan with their children to learn more about this unique place. Their adventures see them dining with sumo wrestlers, massaging the world’s most expensive cows, and meeting some of the greatest chefs in the world.

After conquering France and Japan, Michael makes his way to India for Eat, Pray, Eat: One Man’s Accidental Search for Equanimity, Equilibrium and Enlightenment. The book is his ambitious, but ultimately doomed attempt to write the definitive piece of work on Indian food. He heads to India with his family, traveling from northern India to Dehlie to Amritsar and the Taj Mahal. They try many different cuisines and meet many different people on their journeys. He had set out to learn more about the food, but Booth instead finds himself spiraling into a metaphysical middle aged malaise. As things go on, he has misgivings about his self destructive ways and is lead into his own unraveling. His wife noticed the signs though and manages to take control, enrolling her husband in yoga school. He also takes part in some meditation as he is set on a path towards equanimity and equilibrium. A story that starts about foods ends up being the story of how yoga and meditation changed his life.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia is perhaps Booth’s most popular book. Booth has been a resident of the Scandinavian nations for more than ten years, but has now grown frustrated with how this part of the world is viewed by the media. He decides to leave his home in Denmark and travel through the five Nordic countries to discover more about them and what makes them unique, as well as what they all think of each other. Booth gets into who these people are, how they all differ and why, and what makes these societies so successful. What he finds is darker in places than has been shown with parochialism and extremists abound. The people here may be nearly perfect, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy to be Scandinavian.

Booth makes his return to Asian in Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan. The title is based partially on an old Chinese proverb which states, “Two tigers cannot share the same mountain.” East Asia is actually a place with three tigers on the mountain: China, Japan, and Korea. These countries have a long history of tension and trouble between them. Booth sets out to discover how deep those hard feelings between the countries go and what stops them from making peace with one another. The author will travel throughout the countries to experience the people and cultures up close. The burden of history and the memories of the past overshadows everything between these nations. Things may never be right between them, but Booth tries to seek a way forward for them in Three Tigers, One Mountain.

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