Travel is a leap in the dark, says Paul Theroux – and one that will leave you a different person at the other end. He recommends five travel books that inspired him, from Mark Twain at sea to VS Naipaul in India
The co-founder of the acclaimed River Café restaurant in London takes us on a culinary tour of Italy and tells us about the books that have inspired her, including the one she asks all her chefs to read
The much-travelled author Colin Thubron reflects on more than 40 years of writing about other cultures, and shares his own favourite travel reading with us
The food writer and journalist says it was a Pole, Edouard de Pomiane, who taught the French housewife how to cook. He wrote a book called Cooking in Ten Minutes for a bet
The writer and historian selects five Western perspectives of the East, including a novel of colonial India, a travelogue of disappearing Japan, and the collection of essays that lifted the veil on Mao's China.
How has the Chinese Communist Party managed to survive the chaos of the World Wide Web? The Economist correspondent chooses books on the world's most successful case of authoritarian control of the Internet.
David has chosen his books, but he has not done his interview yet. Arranging it is complicated by the fact he seems to be constantly on or near Mt. Everest. While we wait for him to get back, see the stunning photos and excellent work he is doing on Everest's glaciers here