Synopses & Reviews
Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years — alone — on a motorcycle? One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce.
Allan looked at these forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to both follow a life-long dream and pursue his passions. He hopped on his motorcycle and traveled around the world. After three years and 62,000 miles of riding, through 35 countries on 5 continents, he returned home only to set out on another journey — to share the truths he'd uncovered and the lessons learned during his adventure around the world.
Between these pages, Allan shares the discoveries, cultures, and connections he made on this global adventure. Through stories, color photos, and the flavors of real local food, FORKS brings his adventure to life and the world to your table: the kindness of strangers, the beauty of humanity, the colors of culture, and the powerful gift of human connection.
FORKS brings the world to your table: An around-the-world adventure story. A colorful photo book with more than 700 color photographs. A global cookbook with 40 signature recipes.
"Even though I set out on his journey alone, I was never alone. If I was ever lost, lonely or hungry, I would turn around and always find someone there." The real truth is that it's easy to connect with people — humanity — even in the most challenging situations.
Like when he was ordered into the Colombian jungle at gunpoint, or when he crushed his leg in the middle of nowhere in Bolivia, or how he had to beg the governments of Syria and Sudan to let him across their borders.
Every photograph, story, and recipe in this book presents readers with an opportunity to witness new cultures, taste exotic flavors, or journey into dangerous and unknown territories. Every experience is an opportunity to connect with others.
"I love this book; its a work of art. Part adventure story, part photo essay, part recipe book, and all gorgeous, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection lives in a category by itself." —Steve Farber, author, The Radical Leap
"This is not your ordinary travel memoir . . . Gotta love it—travel, adventure, photography and food." —Vera Marie Badertscher, blogger, A Traveler's Library
About the Author
has never been able to sit still. With an insatiable passion or travel, culture, people, and food, he has explored more than 60 countries, photographing, writing, and blogging about them along the way.
Allan is an author, photographer, marketing entrepreneur, professional keynote speaker, and committed adventurer. He is also principal of WorldRider Productions where he focuses on speaking, publishing, coaching, and creating content that brings to life his stories and experiences around the world—demonstrating again and again how the discoveries he has made and the lessons learned can help all of us lead more rewarding lives.
Allan grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Leucadia, California.