Jan. 7, 2012
-- What would you do if you found yourself a foreigner in a foreign land, in search of a meal, but didn't speak the language well enough to order your food without meat, without MSG, chemicals, or prepared according to your personal preferences?
Well, perhaps you'd get creative, employ a little courage, creativity and chutzpa and use, for instance, the only available appliance--the hotel coffeepot--to make "gourmet" meals in your hotel room. Well, you may not have, but that's exactly what vegan, minimalist, nomad author, Walt Goodridge did, and wrote a book--The Coffeepot Cookbook--about it.
"I was traveling around China staying in hotels and hostels, and the restaurants there were not catering to health fanatic vegans like me," Goodridge explains. "So I had to devise a strategy for survival that didn't compromise my ethics and dietary guidelines. So, I used a little Jamaican ingenuity and, having nothing but a hotel coffeepot at my disposal, set about cooking what turned out to be healthy, delicious meals...at least by my standards!"
Goodridge then blogged about his adventure making tongue-in-cheek reference to an imaginary "coffeepot cookbook." Then, based on the great response from his readers, continued document and photograph each new dish he successfully (and unsuccessfully)
attempted to create and consume in the secrecy of his hotel rooms. He then compiled them into THE COFFEEPOT COOKBOOK: A Fun, yet Functional and Feasible Traveler's Guide to Preparing Healthy, Happy Meals on the Go Using Nothing but a Hotel Coffeepot.... and a Little Ingenuity. His practical guide is becoming a hit among backpackers, touring performers and other culinarily-challenged vegetarians.
Goodridge says he's out to prove that a hotel coffeepot--technically an electric kettle--offers much more creativity than simply the boiling of hot water to hydrate dry Ramen noodles. He envisions his own Occupy movement, and is calling on the 99% to occupy their Kindles and Nooks with a copy of the cookbook to show their solidarity as converts to his new survival strategy. The Coffeepot Cookbook (also available in paperback), includes recipes, with photos in full color, instructions on how to navigate the various designs of coffeepots one may find on their world travels, and even includes a few nomad dating tips.
Read more, including reviews, feedback, and a Latte Show-inspired "Top 10 Reasons to Order the Coffeepot Cookbook" at www.coffeepotcookbook.com
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