A quick update from Berlin: I'm thrilled to report that after almost two years of wild writing, the first draft of 'Driving Hungry' - the book inspired by the Taxi Gourmet blog - is finished!
A little about the book:
The story starts in Buenos Aires, where I kept getting into fascinating conversations with taxistas en route to tango parlors -- where after a particularly painful afternoon of tango dancing, in search of sustenance and not sure where to turn, I decided to hail a cab and ask the driver to take me to his favorite place to eat. When I ended in a cab with Enrique, a hilarious taxista who showed me the way to a transcendent plate of bife de lomo at Parrilla Peña, I knew I was onto something.
Eventually the taxi adventures led from Buenos Aires to New York City, where I met a pair of extraordinary lady cab drivers who took me to their favorite spots for goat curry and mofongo -- and inspired me to get my own hack license. Misadventures ensued when I started driving a yellow cab, which climaxed in a nightmarish journey with a hysterical bride through Central Park.
One day, in the middle of a nasty taxi-driving shift, I escaped to the travel section at the New York Public Library, where I found an old Lonely Planet guide to Berlin that claimed the taxi drivers there know as much about Nietzsche as they do about sausage. Intrigued, I decided to see how the taxi adventures would play out in that unlikely food city. Eventually I did meet a Berlin cab driver whose knowledge of Nietzsche matched his wisdom about sausage - and the taxi adventures took a turn I'd never imagined.
So when is the book (finally) coming out?
Spring 2014, if all goes as planned.
In the meantime, I'm waiting for feedback from my editor at Vintage and the manuscript will probably go through a couple of rounds of revision before it's in its final form.
I want to thank you again for supporting the Berlin chapter of the Taxi Gourmet adventures - I am so looking forward to sharing the book, and the story of this journey, with you!
All the best from Berlin,