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Driving Hungry

From the publisher: Adrift in Buenos Aires, Layne Mosler was hungry—for an excellent (and cheap) meal, for a great story, for a new direction. A chance recommendation from a taxi driver helped her find all these things, and sparked a quest that would take her to three cities, meeting people from all walks of life, and finding an array of unexpected flavors. A story about following your passion, the pleasures of not always knowing your destination, and the beauty of chance encounters, Driving Hungry is a vivid, and inspiring, read from first to last.



Praise for Driving Hungry



O, The Oprah Magazine

"While there are descriptions of many wonderful and awful meals in this book, they never seem to be its real subject. This is likely true of many food books, but Mosler's is quite openly a quest for something more substantial. All the conversations with cab drivers about doner kebab, bife and baklava are just ways of looking for love." 

—Chicago Tribune 

"An invigorating read, a paean to taking the serendipitous road to wherever it happens to lead." 



"Mosler is a fantastic storyteller but also a talented food writer. . . . In Driving Hungry, Mosler builds relationships around food: the meals she enjoys are often solitary, but are always the product of—or the drive behind—a memorable interaction...It recalls A Moveable Feast, Hemingway's seminal memoir of life in Paris in the 1920s."

The National Post, Canada


"Driving Hungry brims with similarly tasty advice. And while it provides a gastronomic tour spanning three cities, the characters Ms. Mosler encounters are the true takeaway." 

—The New York Observer


"The food descriptions are indeed scrumptious, but it's the striking everyday-life details surrounding Mosler's discoveries that make Driving Hungry a pleasurable read." 

—Minneapolis Star-Tribune 


"Building on the success of her blog, Taxi Gourmet, Mosler recounts the story of her transcontinental search for a vocation, which propelled the author into dancing in tango clubs in Buenos Aires, becoming a cab driver in New York City, and falling in love with the city of Berlin. . . . Mosler's lively and accessible writing style joyfully captures the satisfaction gained by trusting your instincts and seeking out new places, food, and people."

—Kirkus Reviews


"Driving Hungry is wonderful. Whether she's tangoing at 5 a.m. in Buenos Aires or driving a cab at 5 a.m. on a New York winter morning or eating a dish called Dead Grandma in Berlin, Layne Mosler is an intrepid, charming, inspiring guide to life as it should be lived: with open-minded hunger, whether it's for goat roti, adventure, or true love." 

—Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose