Roraima: the Strangest Mountain on Earth

If I were a better hiker, this would be very high on my list of places to visit before I die. It's a landscape out of science-fiction -- quite literally, as the exploits of early adventurers here is said to have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. While no one's found any dinosaurs up there (yet), this amazing mountain plateau claims a number of impressive superlatives: it's quite possibly the wettest place in the world, it boasts some of the highest (and most abundant) waterfalls in the world, and it's one of the oldest places in the world, with caves and rock formations in which extremeophile life forms have developed more or less undisturbed for two billion years. I could write a whole book on this place (and people have), but who better to guide us through Roraima's wonders than our preeminent naturalist-adventurer, David Attenborough?

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

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