As the wine industry in South Africa has flourished, the food scene in the country has become more interesting and sophisticated, most noticeably in the vibrant precincts of Cape Town. On our latest trip to South Africa, I also found that the culinary revolution—or evolution—has come to the vineyards as well, just as it [...]
The British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor is surprisingly unknown in the United States. A few people have heard of his life-defining exploit — the capture of the general commanding Nazi occupying forces in Crete during World War II — a feat that achieved wider recognition thanks to a movie, “Ill Met by Moonlight.” But his books, though popular and [...]
I’ve been lucky to befriend a chef or two in my travels and always value their restaurant recommendations. So when I saw this new book a couple of days ago, I snatched it up. “Where Chefs Eat” (Phaidon; $19.95) brings together the insider picks of more than 400 chefs from around the world, a [...]
Good books, like great travel, can take you places, spark your imagination and enrich your everyday life. We hope this suggested list of titles will inspire your next adventure or simply take you away to a land not yet traveled.
Assouline publishes thoughtfully designed photography books that are escapist in the best sense – we have previously reviewed “American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go” and “In the Spirit of St. Barths.” In its latest travel title, “Escape Hotel Stories: Retreat and Refuge in Nature,” Francisca Mattéoli profiles a range of splendidly isolated resorts set in pristine natural environments. Many Harper-recommended hotels are featured, including Banyan Tree Ringha, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Borgo Santo Pietro and La Coquillade.
For those with means enough and time, summer is the season for both leisurely journeys and languid afternoons spent in the company of a good book. One of the greatest accounts of an extended journey ever written was penned — literally, he wrote longhand — by Patrick Leigh Fermor, a travel writer relatively unknown [...]
“American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go,” a colorful new photography book from Assouline, features the collective travel wisdom of dozens of contemporary fashion designers, from Tory Burch to Vera Wang. The format is simple: Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America were invited to respond to a general travel questionnaire as well [...]
Like most people, I’m constantly behind on my subscription magazines, so I often fill the side pocket of my computer bag with a few titles before heading for the airport. However, this doesn’t prevent me from being curious about the magazines I find when I check into a new hotel room. They are usually quickly [...]
A sequestered manor house-resort in the hills overlooking the coast of the Argentario peninsula, this storied 50-room property has long been a favorite of mine. I was therefore delighted to see a new book, “Hotel Il Pellicano” (Rizzoli, 2011), a social, chronologic and pictorial history of a singular place. The story is told in three [...]
As we’ve continued perusing “New Horizons: The World Guide to Travel,” a guidebook published by Pan American Airways in 1955, we couldn’t help but marvel at some of its descriptions. Numerous locations detailed in the book have fallen into relative obscurity, and many favorite countries have since been ravaged by wars or revolutions. Below you [...]