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A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.


280 Pages, 10.5 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $50.00 (CA $65.00) (US $50.00)

Publication Date: June 2014

ISBN 9780989441810

Rights: US & CA

WorldRider Publishing & Press (Jun 2014)

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Have you ever thought of quitting your job, selling your earthly belongings, and chucking the rest to travel the world? Allan Karl did just that. One day after waking up to the realization that his career and home life were not fulfilling. It was time to make a change, but what? Allan looked 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 five 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 experience 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 were 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 armed guerillas ordered him 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; it’s 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

"All of us at Overland International love a good travel epic and Allan Karl may have provided us with one of our favorite stories of the year."  —Christophe Noel, editor, Expedition Portal

"Allan Karl is a naturally vibrant explorer of roads, continents, people, and cuisine. His full-color book reflects this vibrance with photos of the people he meets and the food he is offered. You're going to want it!"  —Carla King, author, American Borders

Author Biography

Allan Karl is a world traveler, adventurer, photographer, and inspirational keynote speaker. He has explored more than 75 countries by motorcycle, photographing, writing, and blogging about them along the way. He lives in Leucadia, California.

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