The New York Times has coined a new word – gastronauts – in reference to people who plan their vacations around food. That description does not do justice to the extent that gastronauts research restaurants, cafés, and food markets, nor to the amount of money some of them spend flying to the best restaurants in the world, no matter where they happen to live.
I recently happened across the book Feeding Frenzy, which is the story of two friends who bet that they can eat in every Michelin 3-star restaurant in Europe – on consecutive days. Though it’s billed as fiction, the mouth-watering descriptions of menus and dishes are detailed enough to convince me that a lot of the book is autobiographical. A sub-plot of the book has to do with restoring and getting from restaurant to restaurant in a 1965 Mustang, with all the trials and tribulations that entails. I give it 3 Michelin stars.