Join us at The Hideout for author Dylan Thuras and the Gastro Obscura Vending Machine!

We’re thrilled to be on hand as Atlas Obscura promotes the launch of their much-anticipated culinary book Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide. They are touring a custom vending machine featuring the book alongside other rare and unusual food and drink items from around the world! Join us at Chicago’s historic Hideout (c. 1934) for the Gastro Obscura vending machine's Midwest debut on Saturday, October 23 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Atlas Obscura co-founder and co-author Dylan Thuras will be on site for a meet-and-greet and book signing, along with a special fruit and vegetable synth performance and interactive music station that encourages guests to play with their food

Tickets to this event are free. For more information, to make your reservation, and to view the Hideout's Covid-19 policies, click HERE

About the Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide--

“This captivating book celebrates the incredible global diversity of food, ingredients, and cooking practices. What could be more important in this moment in time than to be so delightfully engaged in the many ways foodc ultivates—through sometimes eccentric means!—a profound sense of togetherness.”—Alice Waters

The definitive compendium of the astonishing (and delicious!) from the curious minds behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders and the wildly successful, Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Atlas Obscura cofounder Dylan Thuras and co-author Cecily Wong  is an eye-opening journey through the fascinating obscure history, cultures, places, and traditions of the world, all through the lens of food. An immersive cabinet of culinary curiosities,Gastro Obscura brims with over 500 compelling entries that span all seven continents and fifty states. Complete with gorgeous photographs and illustrations, location information, and tips on how to find everything from the world’s largest floating restaurant in Hong Kong to classical Ottoman cuisine researched by a culinary detective team in Istanbul, the book reveals rare and one-of-a kind dishes, fleeting and remote culinary experiences, unusual restaurants and gastronomic museums, unique food traditions, and curious food technology and history. Travel to the rainforests of southern Nigeria, where you’ll find a berry that’s more than a thousand times sweeter than table sugar, and to the remote Harenna Forest in Ethiopia, where the world’s last wild arabica coffee plants grow. Discover the quirks of Victorian table etiquette, the dizzying array of Mexican candy—from sweet-and-sour salted apricots showered in chili powder to banana bubblegum with a liquid banana core—and the llustrious history of butter-carving competitions in the United States. Sip beer made from the fog of the Chilean Atacama Desert, experience the joys of bouncy meatballs in the Chaoshan region of China, down a shot of what’s been dubbed the world’s worst liquor in Chicago.

Author DYLAN THURAS is the co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders and the New York Times bestselling kids book An Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid. Dylan is the host of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, has been a host on the NY Times podcast So You Want to Work Abroad, a correspondent for NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well as a guest on "CBS Sunday Morning." He's written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Men’s Health. As a speaker on travel and media he has spoken at the New Yorker festival, SXSW, La Ciudad de las Ideas, EG, and Destinations International, among others. Dylan’s pursuit of the unusual began when he was a teenager exploring abandoned buildings in the Midwest, and it eventually took him to Budapest for a year, where he and his wife Michelle Enemark explored and wrote about the history of Eastern Europe. He lives with Michelle and their two children, Phineas and Jean, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit him online at @dylanthuras.


Event date: 

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

The Hideout
1354 West Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura) By Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523502196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 12th, 2021

A New York Times, USA Today, and national indie bestseller.

A Feast of Wonder!
Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink.