Q: I'm working on my college essay about a "place or environment where I am perfectly content." I've chosen to write about visiting an ethnic market, as it's one of my favorite pastimes and I feel it makes me unique. Can you suggest any great food and travel writers or books to help inspire me? I'm having difficulty capturing the space in words.
Sent by Gina
Editor: Gina, what a great choice for a college application essay topic!
The first book that comes to mind is Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, Fuschia Dunlop's excellent memoir about moving to the Sichuan province of China and falling in love with the cuisine. But here are a few more of our favorites:
Readers, what are your favorite books about food and travel?