You might know Andrew Zimmern for his intrepid, delicious sojourns around the world, as portrayed in the Travel Channel shows Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, The Zimmern List, and more. You may also know him as a Food Network star, a multiple James Beard Award recipient, and a culinary expert, journalist, and restaurant owner.
Now, Zimmern is bringing his zest for travel and his multifaceted experiences in the food world to his newest role: as a children’s book author. In his debut title, AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, co-authored by H.E. McElhatton and illustrated by Lisa Troutman (out on Feb. 6, 2019, from Beaver’s Pond Press), Zimmern writes a tale of courage, exploration, and some seriously adventurous eating. The book is billed for young readers, but it’s equally appropriate for dreamers, travelers, and food lovers of all ages. This is the first title in a forthcoming series of fiction called “The Alliance of World Explorers.” In this series, Zimmern will tell stories about magical places around the globe, across history—”from Venice in the time of the Doges, to India in the 1800s and Mongolia of the Khans,” Zimmern told me—and the courageous kids who travel to them.