Shelves: non-fiction , memoir-and-bio , music-and-musicians This book is a compilation of articles that Kapranos wrote while on tour as the lead singer for Franz Ferdinand. The articles were published in real time in the Guardian, and I heard about the book on NPR, where Kapranos was interviewed and it peaked my interest. As someone who has cooked in a real kitchen, I feel a kinship with others who have gone through the highs and lows. And that experience will forever color how I think about food, and how I eat out, as it has also done for Kapranos. Some This book is a compilation of articles that Kapranos wrote while on tour as the lead singer for Franz Ferdinand.
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He talks to Frank Bures about his new book and his culinary adventures on the road. Along the way he ate a few things, and in and he sent back spare, vivid dispatches about those meals for a column in The Guardian.
Those columns have been collected and combined with new material into a book of the same name: Sound Bites. In it Kapranos—who worked in a restaurant kitchen before hitting big with his band—reveals himself to be a fearless eater. They have a tourist map spread on the cafe table in front of them, by the English translation of the menu. He is saying that his experience is richer. He looks, smells and acts like a tourist. World Hum: Did you travel much before touring with Franz Ferdinand?
I was too skint to travel as much as I wanted to before I was in the band, but I did tour the punk squats of Holland and once drove a Land Rover Ambulance from Kosovo to Dumfries.
Can you tell anything about a place by the food people eat? You say that Athens street food is the best in the world. Any other places you like to eat on the street? They are delicious deep-fried octopus dumplings. That gives Iceland an excuse. The social role of eating also plays a part. In Greece families and friends gather round the dinner table, while in Scotland they gather in the pub. Moral Puritanism can screw things up too. So if you had to be stranded in one city, food-wise, what would it be?
You can taste any flavour you want from anywhere if you look for it. Your perfect day, breakfast, lunch and dinner anywhere in the world? Breakfast: Las Manitas, Austin, Texas.
Lunch: Elias, Kardamyli, Greece. Tea: Mother India, Glasgow, Scotland. And your worst culinary nightmares? Tea: Subway, anywhere in the world. You call yourself a gastro-adventurer. Do you have any advice for travelers about how to be adventurous eaters away from home? Give it a go.
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