Lenny Karpman, who used to live in the SF Bay Area but moved to Costa Rica several years ago, says the country is developing a sophisticated restaurant scene. Check out Lenny’s blog for for updates on Costa Rican foods and restaurants.

“Lenny Karpman is a prolific writer of food and travel pieces from his nest, a farm in Costa Rica that he and his wife, Joan Hall, share with their menagerie of rescued critters.

“He has written more than 150 combined articles, essays, reviews and books on food, travel, human rights, and medicine. Chana’s Legacy and Noni, Baloney, Puddin’ & Pie are his two prior books. Shorter pieces have appeared in the anthologies Best Travel Writing 2005 and Venturing in Ireland; in magazines Salon, Troika, PanGaia, the Jewish Magazine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and San Francisco Medicine; and in newspapers Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Examiner, Newark Star Ledger, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

“His culinary background includes a month as understudy to Jackie Robert, an acclaimed French chef in San Francisco and Boston and decades of catering for non-profit fund raisers. For more than thirty years, he practiced medicine as a cardiologist for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

Feasting and Foraging in Costa Rica is a 320 page comprehensive paperback guide to all aspects of Costa Rican food. It includes food culture, hundreds of tropical ingredients, markets, traditional and original recipes, more than seventy in-depth restaurant reviews (1500 words each on average), festivals and their food, local meat and seafood nomenclature, hygiene and even introductory restaurant Spanish. It is now available in airports and bookstores in Costa Rica. In the U.S. it can be ordered on the net at Amazon, Booklocker and Barnes & Noble.”


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