Driving Hungry: A Memoir

A delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor After putting her dream of opening her own restaurant on hold, Layne Mosler moves to Buenos Aires to write about food But she is also in search of that elusive something that could give sA delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor After putting her dream of opening her own restaurant on hold, Layne Mosler moves to Buenos Aires to write about food But she is also in search of that elusive something that could give shape to her life One afternoon, fleeing a tango club following a terrible turn on the dance floor, she impulsively asks her taxista to take her to his favorite restaurant Soon she is savoring one of the best steaks of her life and, in the weeks that follow, repeating the experiment with equally delectable results So begins the gustatory adventure that becomes the basis for Mosler s cult blog, Taxi Gourmet It eventually takes her to New York City, where she continues her food quests, hailing cabs and striking up conversations from the back seat, until she meets a pair of extraordinary lady cab drivers who convince her to become a taxi driver herself Between humbling and hilarious episodes behind the wheel, Mosler reads about the taxi drivers in Berlin, who allegedly know as much about Nietzsche as they do about sausage Intrigued, she travels to the German capital, where she develops a passion for the city, its restlessness, its changing flavors, and a certain fellow cab driver who shares her love of the road With her vivid descriptions of places and people and food, Mosler has given us a beguiling book that speaks to the beauty of chance encounters and the pleasures of not always knowing your destination.
Driving Hungry A Memoir A delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite finds purpose passion and unexpected flavor After putting he

  • Title: Driving Hungry: A Memoir
  • Author: Layne Mosler
  • ISBN: 9781101870310
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Driving Hungry: A Memoir”

    1. Meh. I get that she was restless and wanted to travel, and eat and live like a local. The Buenos Aires section of the story was great! I want to go there, and learn the tango, and eat steak and everything else But then she went to New York, and it all went downhill faster than you can say "tourist trap" or "Burger King." I didn't like her friends. I didn't like the restaurants. I didn't like her decision to drive a taxi (which came out of left field). Then on to Berlin which made even less sense [...]

    2. I can see why some people would be drawn to a book like this, however, in the same vein as Elizabeth Gilbert, I found Layne Mosler to be exactly the type of person I seek to avoid in life.But hey, if you like erratic people with Peter Pan syndrome who look to crowd funding to fulfill their own agendas, then by all means, read this book and enjoy.

    3. Driving Hungry is part travel memoir and part foodie experience, as Layne Mosler chronicles her adventures of finding good, cheap food by asking taxi drivers in Buenos Aires, New York City and Berlin.I will admit that this is more of a travel adventure, with a few comments about food, but that was okay with me. I enjoyed seeing Argentina through Mosler's eyes, learning the tango and feeling romantically conflicted by her partner. I used to live in New York City, so I very much understood her cha [...]

    4. This is a tough one to rate. There's a lot to like about Layne Mosler's memoir. She writes about her adventures in three cities, Buenos Aires, New York, and Berlin. The hook for the book is that she writes a popular blog about her habit of asking taxi drivers where they like to eat out, getting a recommendation about what to order, going there and trying it out, and writing about it. It's gimmicky but Mosler is a good writer and often she ends up writing (at least in the book, I haven't checked [...]

    5. If this were fiction I would have said, "What a great idea for a book." Instead I can't help but think, "What a great idea for a life!" This isn't as polished as a novel, but it's well-written and interesting. What I particularly liked was that the author didn't present her story as some kind of spiritual awakening. It was just her life. What inspired me was her openness to listening to her heart and her willingness to do whatever it told her. She has a knack for capturing the atmosphere of a ci [...]

    6. How unlikely would it be for an American "foodie," who writes a blog "Taxi Gourmet," to meet and marry a German cab driver in Berlin who has his own blog "Autofiktion?" Great story, right?After Layne begins dancing Tango in Buenos Aires, she asks Taxistas to drive her to their favorite restaurant and listens to their take on Argentine politics and culture. In New York, she takes a bite out of the Big Apple by getting a hack license to drive a cab. And in Berlin, she meets up with Rumen, who know [...]

    7. Quick memoir about a 30-something free spirit who's a bit of a nomad. While living in Buenos Aires she comes up with an idea to ask taxi drivers to take her to their favorite place to eat. And thus a blog and a book were born. She goes from Argentina, to New York, to Berlin using the same formula and tries a myriad of foods she never would have otherwise. She even gets a hack license and drives a taxi in NYC for a bit. I love her bravery. Great, descriptive writing too. Her food descriptions mad [...]

    8. I devoured (right?) this delightful story of Layne's eating and taxi-driving and -riding adventures in Buenos Aires, New York City, and Berlin. In the process, I discovered Layne's (Taxi Gourmet) and Becca's (Eating Berlin: From A to Z)Berlin blogs, which I have really been enjoying. I want to go to Berlin! And eat!

    9. 3.5 starsI didn't think Mosler was an excellent writer but you have to admire her wanderlust, openness, and passion for food and for people! She is certainly a solid writer though - and draws you in! I loved hearing about her experiences, good and bad, in Argentina, New York City, and Berlin. Even though she seems like a very different person than me, I loved hearing about her experiences - especially the food. I'd like to make a whole list of all the restaurants she tried, although hopefully so [...]

    10. Where's the food?Disappointed to see so little about food. For someone driven by food experiences, she didn't allow the reader to have any of them with her. There is a lot of build up to get to the restaurant, or what she is being served, but it stops there. As a food enthusiast reading this, I want her to make me feel like I'm sitting there, dining with her. Instead, there is a lot of detail about her romances and the stream of consciousness as she goes through a quarter life crisis of sorts. I [...]

    11. It is rare when I pick up a book with zero expectations. I don't even recall when or where I purchased "Driving Hungry" but so glad I did - loved it from start to finish! And now I want to be a lebenskünstler. Lovely read.

    12. I like memoirs. I like food. I didn't really like this. She mentions food a lot and talks about her blog etc. but she doesn't really talk about food--it's much more the driving which just isn't that interesting. And neither was her personal angst about it.

    13. My review could be titled "Reading Hungry" because that's Mosler's descriptions of food were mouthwatering! I enjoyed her Taxi Gourmet adventures and wish there had been more of them and less tango and failed romance.

    14. I liked it ok enough. I enjoyed reading about her food adventures at first but it got a little old by the end.

    15. What a delight! I especially like how she nailed the German guy’s dialect. Took a lot of guts to do what she did. I so enjoyed this book.

    16. Read this and other reviews at Ampersand Read.This book is less about getting into taxi cabs and asking the driver to take the passenger to their favorite place to eat, and more about one woman’s search for who she is in three different foreign countries.In Buenos Aires, we get a lot of Mosler desperately wanting to be great at tango dancing. More than just a hobby in Buenos Aires, our Mosley attempts to get to that effortless, sensual level that tango dancers who have been dancing for years a [...]

    17. Driving Hungry is Layne Mosler's account of her life in three of the world's most vibrant cities - Buenos Aires, New York, and Berlin, seen through the eyes of a woman learning to find her way in life and in love. It's a great read for those with a sense of adventure.It would be underselling Driving Hungry to call it a food book, although food is pivotal to her search for self. There are many wonderful encounters with incredible foods from all over the world, and I loved the way in which the tax [...]

    18. I shouldn't have liked this as much as I did. I was not a fan of "Eat Pray Love," and this has a similar format: one-third in Argentina, one-third in New York, and one-third in Berlin.The difference is, this woman *does* things, things that would terrify me (driving a taxi in New York?!). I got a real sense of Buenos Aires and Berlin. She describes New York in a way that is far from romanticized--this New York has you dealing with one dispute after another for 12 hours or more, and coming home t [...]

    19. A memoir about learning to tango and eating delicious food recommended by taxi drivers in Argentina which leads to taxi driving in New York and romance in Berlin. Somewhere along the line the story became foggy and I wasn't sure what I was reading. I expected more about food - recipes, but instead it described how food dripped, dropped, and smeared as it was devoured, which of course, good food often does. But foods were in between so many other things, the memoir sometimes seemed scattered, not [...]

    20. I liked this book a lot. It resonated with me because I liked what she was trying to do, I liked her descriptions of the food (made me super hungry), and I loved how she saw Berlin, because I saw it the same way and it was exhilarating to read someone else come to the same conclusions. Buenos Aires and Berlin were the standouts, but I fully enjoyed the New York segments too. I have always said I feel like New York is everything at the same time and I felt like her experiences mirrored that. Thos [...]

    21. After realizing that she is not cut out for life in a professional kitchen, the author impulsively moves to Argentina to regroup and learn to tango. After one disastrous evening at a tango club she asks the taxi driver to take her to his favorite restaurant, and so her blog is born - Taxi Gourmet, where she chronicles her adventures in gastronomy (some much more successful then others.) She then moves to New York City where she tries to recreate her Argentine adventures but with no luck as NYC c [...]

    22. Engaging but Not Much Focus on Food“Driving Hungry” is fun. It’s an engaging biography vaguely wrapped around food. The best parts of the book focus on the exotic locations Mosler lives in such as Argentina, Berlin, and New York. Even though I haven’t been to any of these cities it sure seems like she highlights some of the most lovable and sometimes unlovable parts of each one often as seen through the eyes of each location’s cab drivers. Cabbies can have a unique take on locals becau [...]

    23. I liked it. Not more but also not less. It is a book that made me happy about eating and food, but the food descriptions were not really inspiring or made me want to go eat at those places. They were often pretty generic to be honest. Compare this to Ruth Reichl's or Julia Child's food descriptions - now those make me excited about going out to eat and especially getting my own hands dirty in the kitchen! The same is true for the travelling descriptions. And then the taxi driving. mmmh she talks [...]

    24. Layne Mosler starts her adventures in Buenos Aires, moving to New York City, then Berlin. She starts a blog about taxi drivers' favorite restaurants, then becomes a taxi driver herself in NYC. The story was more about her nomadic lifestyle and discovering things about herself than the food, but the food makes appearances throughout the book and has inspired me to try some new things. I loved how Buenos Aires taught her some great lessons, NYC beat her down (and she realized it), and she found he [...]

    25. This is a fun and well-written read about a woman who gets into a taxi and asks the taxi driver to take her to his/her favorite place to eat. Then she becomes a taxi driver. (Not a very good one.) Of course it is an interesting premise and the book evolved from her blog. The book ends rather abruptly, as if we're have supposed to guess or read her blog to figure out what happened next. It's almost as if she couldn't figure out an ending so she just stopped. A kind of "the journey continues" endi [...]

    26. Layne Mosler’s memoir follows her time in three cities – Buenos Aires, New York, and Berlin. While in Buenos Aires, after an embarrassing incident while at a Tango club, she impulsively asks her cab driver to take her to his favorite restaurant. This becomes the schtick for her blog, Taxi Gourmet. She then moves to New York, and impulsively decides to become a taxi driver herself. She quickly tires of this, and raises money via a Kickstarter campaign to go to Berlin for a few months. Layne [...]

    27. Thank you GoodReads for my copy of Driving Hungry: A Memoir, by Layne Mosler. This one was a bit harder for me to rate. Yes it's a good book. About a 30 something year old unsure of her direction in life. So she takes off to Buenos Aires. There she asks a taxi driver what his favorite restaurant is. From that one question a blog is born, Taxi Gourmet. She leaves for New York and then eventually Berlin. At times it was a bit confusing. There was just things I thought had nothing to do with the st [...]

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