SXSW 2022

Exploring the World with Gastro Obscura


Called a “captivating book celebrates the incredible global diversity of food, ingredients, and cooking practices” by Alice Waters, Gastro Obscura is an immersive cabinet of culinary curiosities brimming with over 500 compelling entries spanning all seven continents and fifty states, from the curious minds behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Atlas Obscura and In this talk, the audience will travel to the rainforests of southern Nigeria, where you’ll find a berry that’s a thousand times sweeter than table sugar, discover the quirks of Victorian table etiquette, and discover Texas' Pecan Pie Vending Machines. A passport to a multitude of flavors, stories, histories, and cultures, this talk is for anyone who eats, who dreams of eating, or who longs to explore.

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  1. Does your own backyard contain hidden edible wonders, amazing food history, and incredible dining experiences?
  2. What is revealed when one looks at history, culture, places and traditions through the lens of food?
  3. How do food, facts, and travel intersect and influence one another?



Chloe Puton, Director of Publicity, Workman Publishing

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Book Reading
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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