And on the plane back home, gliding through the air somewhere above Rio de Janeiro, I started to write a blog post entitled: Argentina - It's Not All About the Beef. I wrote about Argentina's love of seafood - of calamares and fish like hake and corvina. I shared all the experiences I'd had visiting people's homes and eating asado - the Argentine equivalent of a barbecue. I talked about empanadas and flans and pancakes thickly spread with dulce de leche. And chimichurri and salsas and choripan. And then I realised that this was going to be too long for a blog post.
So I put it all in a book.
Argentina: It's Not All About the Beef is a collection of the foods I ate in Argentina - with descriptions of the foods, and when and where they're eaten. There's also a description of some of the traditional customs associated with food and drink - including the right way to drink mate, Argentina's national tea. So when someone hands you an ornamental cup filled with green tea leaves with a metal straw popped in it, you'll know exactly what - and what not - to do. I also explain how to pronounce the trickier words, which is handy if you're not fluent in Spanish (like me).
I hope that it will give you a deeper understanding of Argentine food and drink - and demonstrate that there's so much more to it than beef and red wine. It'll be good too as a travel companion - fancy some garrapiñadas and don't know where to get them? I'll tell you. Don't know your facturas from your pasta frola? I'll tell you that, too.
It's out now and available worldwide - to download on the Kindle at Amazon. Click on the image to go to the book in the Kindle bookstore.