Book Review – FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection by Allan Karl

Mar 17, 2015 View Comments by

forks-cover-art-high-resIt seems like there could be an entire section of a library or bookstore devoted to motorcycle travel books. Perhaps it’s the legacy of Ted Simon’s famous work Jupiter’s Travels that has created the abundance of motorcycle travel literature over the past few decades. Nevertheless, Allan Karl’s book, FORKS, manages to stand out in the crowd. First impression, judging it by its cover if you will, is this is a book you’ll want to keep on your coffee table. It’s big, thick, and obviously of the highest quality. Inside, the pages begin to unfold the tale of Karl’s three-year journey with compelling text and stunning photography. That journey covered five continents, 35 countries, and over 60,000 miles on a BMW GS as Karl sought to reinvent himself in the wake of a failed marriage and directionless career. He sold most of his earthly possessions and set out alone. As one would expect, he was in for plenty of adventures that his readers, especially motorcyclists, will enjoy.

FORKS includes over 700 full-color photographs and 40 recipes from around the world in its 280 pages.

Author: Allan Karl
Publisher: WorldRider
Publishing & Press
Hardcover: 280 pages
ISBN: 978-0989441810
Price: $39


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About the author

There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.