Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras - Gastro Obscura Virtual Event

Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras - Gastro Obscura Virtual Event

Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 7:00 PM

A Cappella Books on Zoom

Come celebrate the release of Atlas Obscura’s newest book, “Gastro Obscura!” During this special digital event, we’ll take a look inside our new food-focused book and meet the authors!

A Cappella Books welcomes authors Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras for a virtual conversation on their fascinating new book, “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide,” on Tuesday, December 7, at 7 PM (EST). 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Order your copy of “Gastro Obscura” (which features a bookplate signed by the authors) via the link below. 

About the Book

Created by the ever-curious minds behind “Atlas Obscura,” this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. Ready for a beer made from fog in Chile? Sardinia’s “Threads of God” pasta? Egypt’s 2000-year-old egg ovens? But far more than a menu of curious minds delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history–trace the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories. Culture–picture four million women gathering to make rice pudding. Travel–scale China’s sacred Mount Hua to reach a tea house. Festivals–feed wild macaques pyramid of fruit at Thailand’s Monkey Buffet Festival. And hidden gems that might be right around the corner, like the vending machine in Texas dispensing full sized pecan pies. Dig in and feed your sense of wonder.

About the Authors

DYLAN THURAS is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders" and the New York Times bestselling kids book "An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid." Dylan is the host of "The Atlas Obscura Podcast," has been a host on the NYTimes T-Brand podcast "So You Want to Work Abroad," a correspondent for NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well as a guest on "CBS Sunday Morning" and "Science Friday" and in print in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Men’s Health. As a speaker on travel and media he has spoken at the New Yorker festival, SXSW, La Ciudad de las Ideas, EG, and Destinations International among others. Dylan’s pursuit of the unusual began when he was a teenager exploring abandoned buildings in the Midwest, and it eventually took him to Budapest for a year, where he and his wife Michelle Enemark explored and wrote about the history of Eastern Europe. He lives with Michelle and their two children, Phineas and Jean, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit him online at @dylanthuras. 

CECILY WONG is a writer at Atlas Obscura and the author of two novels. Her debut novel, "Diamond Head," was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, recipient of an Elle Readers’ Prize, and voted a best debut of the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival. Her second novel, "Kaleidoscope," will be published in 2022. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the LA Review of Books, Self magazine, Bustle, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. Visit Cecily online at @cecilyannwong.