If there's one delicious coffee table book I'd recommend for every food enthusiast or produce markets aficionado it would definitely be Food Markets of the World by Nelli Sheffer and Mimi Sheraton (Harry N. Abrams). Over 204 pages, author and food critic, Mimi Sheraton, and photographer, Nelli Sheffer, lead the reader through a colourful adventure into the food markets of Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Safaran Africa and the USA.
In the introduction, Mimi Sheraton writes "Nelli Sheffer roams the world's food markets taking pictures with his camera. I roam those markets taking pictures in my mind. His glowing results and gathered here to entice all who care to look. Mine are more private, summoned into view by a sort of mental slide lantern, illuminating memories I hope will never dim."
Sheraton explains that her love affair "with these opulent, lively markets" began when she was a child and her father was in the wholesale fruit and produce business at the Washington Market in lower Manhattan. With rich descriptions accompanied by Sheffer's stunning photographs, she goes on to introduce us to Xi'an in China, Christkindlmarkt in Munich, Les Halles in Paris, Moscow's Central Market, London's Covent Garden and many others.
Though the book was published in 1997, copies should still be available from book stores and online sellers, such as the UK Book Depository. My favourite foodie 'picture book'.
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