Certain places are so well known as culinary destinations; even those with only the faintest interest in an authentic experience will book tours.
Here are ten trips that will definitely round out a culinary education:
Small town church dinners
Some food writers=especially those in Europe--insist there's very Little regional cuisine in the U.S. Trek across the country visiting church dinners and you'll know otherwise. The women and men who bring
family dishes to these little events are keeping chicken and waffles, oyster pie and thousands of other dishes alive.
Germany in asparagus season
Park yourself in Heidelberg or Scbwetzingen, enter any restaurant and order for a soup. You will be given white asparagus soup. The schnitzel will come with white asparagus.
In Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois people stir up countless versions of meat and vegetable stew. Some are flavored with molasses, others thickened with oats or barley. Sophisticated city folks from up north used to regard burgoo as "road kill stew."
Not only is the Tyrol region beautiful, the people here turn out some great dumplings, a nice cbeese-Graukase--and several distinct and hearty one pan meals.
The world on a plate: start with Weinerscbnitzel in Austria, and then try jagerscbnitzel in Germany. Head on to South and Central America for Milanse steak, order cordon bleu in Switzerland, pork tenderloin sandwiches in northern Illinois and chicken fried steak in Texas. So many parts of the world prepare a version oftbis dish it could take years to learn them all.
Plov in Uzbekistan
You could go just about anywhere in the former Soviet Union or the Middle East for this one pot rice dish sometimes called pilaf. But it's the national dish of Uzbekistan and they make a heavy, hearty, meaty version full of lamb, vegetables, fat and spices.
Mushroom hunting in the Bal tics
"Beautiful!" Tb at is the comment of many people on the Duality and varieties of mushrooms that can be found in Lithuanian forests.
The Balti Triangle
Formed by the English city of Birmingham and its neighboring villas; the Balti Triangle takes its name from a Brit-Indian chicken curry concoction. It's a lesson on bow immigration changes local tastes.
This is a simple stew of beef, heavily seasoned and cooked in coconut milk for hours, until the liDuids condense and the meat begins to fry. It is similar to some Indian curries and it is very intense.
Other wine countries
Beyond France, Italy and California--even beyond Germany, Argentina and Washington State--are regions producing good, bad and sometimes unusual wines. So roam through the Finger Lakes in New York, the budding wineries of northern Virginia or the picturesque vineyards in the Czech Republic's Moravian half. You probably won't find anything worth storing in a cellar, but you will find some decent drinking wines.