Culinary Pilgrimage

100 Days Around America

By Nick Nigro & Bay Ewald

100 Days Around America

In Culinary Pilgrimage: 100 Days Around America, culinary journalists and cookbook authors Nick Nigro and Bay Ewald move out of their apartment in downtown Portland, Oregon, and set out on a passionate quest to fully understand the soul of food and beverage in America. 

 

Partnered with Volkswagen and using the James Beard semi-finalist list as their road map, they drive 15,000 miles and complete 139 features over the course of 100 days.

 

From pressing ancient heirloom apple varieties at a small 1800s homestead farm with Andy Brennan, a renowned cider maker in rural New York — to eating pulpo with Hugo Ortega, the lovable once homeless immigrant turned seven-time James Beard award finalist in Houston — to being taken under the mother-like wing in San Francisco of Dominique Crenn, the first woman in America to receive three Michelin stars — Culinary Pilgrimage is many stories within one story, all with their own unique rhythm. 

 

It’s through a large and colorful cast of chefs, farmers, innkeepers, sommeliers, product makers, and mixologists, that readers learn to celebrate the details of life; like the poetry of bitter-sweet amaro, the perfect ripeness of cheese in calibrated vaults, and the beauty of half-a-century old sourdough starters. 

 

Above all, the book is an uplifting and humorous reminder of the binding power of America's food, drink, and dreams  — and the soul of the extraordinary people behind it.

Read the full article on Volkswagen's website.

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