Eat Smart Culinary Travel - Culinary Guidebooks
We tell you what there is to Eat! Intertwining history, geography and diet, the award-winning EAT SMART culinary travel guidebook series published by Ginkgo Press educates travelers and takes them to the heart of a culture, through an understanding and appreciation of its cuisine. The guides have two extensive dictionaries (one for menus and one for markets), authentic recipes from chefs to be savored as a preview or reminiscence of one's visit to foreign destinations, as well as the low down on regional specialties, useful phrases, and travel and shopping trips.
Don't leave home without these compact but very complete guides to what's on the menu, what's in the market, what's on your plate and what you can ask for as you travel.
Eat Smart Culinary Travel - Culinary Tours
Join us in getting to the heart of the culture through an exploration of its tantalizing cuisine. Sample the infinite variety of regional specialties in their natural setting. Delve into the secrets of local dishes by participating in cooking classes. Also included are talks on culinary topics and visits to bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices and condiments that are prevalent in regional cookery.
We also see the major tourist sights, yet still have time to shop and relax along the way. You’ll come away with a knowledge of the culinary traditions and a deep appreciation of the magnitude of history and culture.
We lead tours to India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Sicily, and Turkey. Join us!
News and Special Events
Special Culinary Event
Eat Smart in Denmark - Dinner with the Author
by vomFass - Delectable
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6PM - 9PM CST
Our second Dinner with the Author series will feature local author Carol "Orange" Schroeder and "Eat Smart in Denmark." Chef Edward Chwae will be preparing delicious dishes from the book and pairing each dish traditional Danish beverages. Carol will discuss the dishes, Danish food from a historical standpoint, and her experiences in Denmark. Join us for a memorable family-style Danish dinner!
Feb 21, 2018
FOOD & DRINK - The Corner Table podcast: Eat Smart
By: Lindsay Christians | The Capital Times
In the early 1990s, Joan Peterson had tickets to Brazil, a spiral-bound notebook full of dishes to try and the idea that maybe, when she got back to Madison, she'd write a pamphlet.
That was 14 culinary travel guides and many tasting tours ago (a signature trip, to [Jordan], is set for November). Peterson, the writer and publisher of the Eat Smart guides through Gingko Press, has collaborated on guides to Denmark, Germany, Peru, Indonesia and more. Her most recent guide to Portugal written with Ronnie Hess was published last fall; a celebratory dinner of Portuguese wine and food is set for Thursday night at VomFass on University Avenue.
This week on the podcast, Joan and her daughter, Eat Smart illustrator and marketer Susan Chwae, talk about how each 160 page travel guide comes together. Joan also shares how, in Morocco, the savvy traveler takes the bull by the horns.
February 19, 2019
Eating smart, from Madison to Portugal
By: Doug Moe
For Marcel Proust, it was the memory of a spongy cookie--a madeleine—that launched the French author’s masterpiece, “Remembrance of Things Past.”
For Joan Peterson, it was an extraordinary custard tart.
Twenty-five years ago, Peterson founded Ginkgo Press in Madison, and there are now 14 country-specific titles in her “Eat Smart” guidebook series, which began with “Eat Smart in Brazil” in 1993. Click to read more.
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Tasting trip: Eat Smart Culinary Travel launches new tour to Jordan
BY ALLISON GEYER
To Joan Peterson and Susan Chwae, the mother-daughter team behind Madison-based food tourism company Eat Smart Culinary Travel, the best way to understand and experience a different culture is by tasting it.
“Food is like a common language,” says Peterson, who launched Ginkgo Press in 1993 to publish educational guide books about the cuisines of different countries. Initially she and her husband traveled the globe conducting culinary research for the books, and eventually they decided it would be fun to lead a tour. Click to Read More
January 25, 2018
Congratulations to Paul Tseng, winner of the complete set of EAT SMART Culinary Travel Guidebooks celebrating our 2018 Gourmand Cookbook Awards Best Series in the US! Paul Tseng teaches a variety of cooking classes around the Madison area. His various cooking classes can be found at Willy Street Co-op, Wisconsin Cutlery, Orange Tree Imports and Madison College. He told us he'd be reading each one from cover to cover! Look for another contest later this year to celebrate our 25th year in the culinary travel world!
December 24, 2017
“The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are delighted to announce that EAT SMART GUIDES is the winner selected to represent the U.S. in the Series category. The awards event will be Saturday, May 26 and May 27, 2018 in Yantai, China. You would be most welcome. Your book will now compete in its category against other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on May 26, 2018, at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony.” Congratulations to all of our authors who have contributed to this series!