FORKS is an around-the-world adventure with stunning photos, tasty recipes and inspiring stories all wrapped into a beautiful coffee table book.
Culture. Cuisine. Connection.
FORKS brings the world to your table:
An around-the-world adventure story.
A colorful photo book.
A global cookbook.
Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years—alone—on a motorcycle?
One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage of had ended in divorce. Instead of harboring resentment or wallowing in self-pity, Allan looked at the forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to both follow a life-long dream and pursue his passions.
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Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle
A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection.
An around-the-world adventure with stunning photos, tasty recipes and inspiring stories all wrapped into a beautiful coffee table book
I’m Allan Karl, adventurer, photographer, and author. I’m also WorldRider. I spent three years traveling around the world alone—on a motorcycle.
I hope you’ll join me.
It’s an adventure story, a photo-book, and a cookbook: with inspired travel writing, amazing personalities, beautifully revealing photography, and tasty recipes from all over the world.
Think of it as combining the best of Anthony Bourdain with Paul Theroux and National Geographic Adventure in a full-color, high-quality book that will bring the splendor of the world into your home and on your table.
As I prepared for my journey many warned me not to go. My friends and family were convinced I would get sick, hurt, ripped off, kidnapped, or killed.
I thought differently. I imagined a world of friendly people as eager as I am to learn, share, and connect. My quest was to explore: to discover the beauty of our world and its humanity. To uncover truths about them both and to find and learn more about myself.
Through the pages of this book, I share not only incredible adventures, I share the powerful gift of human connection—often made over good food and drink. Readers can experience the world as I did by traveling through each country, meeting the people and their unique cultures, and tasting their food.
Of the many lessons I learned over the three years of my travels, perhaps the most important is that, even though I set off on this journey alone, I was never alone. Whenever I found myself lost, lonely, or hungry, I would just turn around and find somebody was always there. I’m amazed at our capacity to connect with people—with humanity. That’s where truth shines.
There are no strangers in the world, only friends you haven’t met.
Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years—alone—on a motorcycle? One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce.
Allan looked at these 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 5 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 adventure 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 was 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 he was ordered 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.