Travel Books: Food, Inspiration, a New Frommer's

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Byline: Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Whether you're planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you'd like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there's a travel-themed book for you. Here are a few recently published books to consider, including the relaunch of Frommer's guidebooks.

Food and travel

Many travelers are passionate about food, whether it's enjoying that perfect meal on vacation or hunting down authentic local cuisine. Travel + Leisure magazine's "Where to Eat Around the World" ($35) spotlights food in 27 destinations in a coffee-table book, from the lunch canteens and taverns of Istanbul to barbecue in Texas. Travel + Leisure has also come out with a 2014 calendar, "World's Best Places" ($15).

Lonely Planet's "The Food Book: A Journey Through the Great Cuisines of the World" ($25) is a reference guide to cuisines from 47 countries with details on ingredients, dishes, drinks, eating habits, local produce, etiquette, shopping, culinary traditions and even utensils. Also from Lonely Planet, "A Fork in the Road" ($16) offers 34 stories from chefs from Marcus Samuelsson to Madhur Jaffrey.

Frommer's, relaunched

Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline have relaunched their guidebook enterprise with 30 new titles. The relaunch marks a new publishing chapter for the Frommers, who sold their brand to Google in 2012, then reacquired it earlier this year.

"We regained the travel series on April 3 and spent the next six months working around the clock," Frommer, 84, said in a phone interview. "I never dreamed at my age I'd be working this hard! We created freshly researched books from beginning to end," written by authors the Frommers had worked with previously who "have devoted their lives to writing about the destination where they live."

There are 10 new Frommer's "Day by Day" guides, which are compact paperbacks ($13.95) with removable maps, packed with everything from sample one-, two- and three-day itineraries, to recommendations for shopping, night life, restaurants, excursions and neighborhood tours. The new "Day by Day" guides cover New York City, San Francisco, Honolulu and Oahu, Prague, London, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, Boston and Philadelphia.

Frommer's has also newly published 20 "EasyGuides" priced at $10. …