Andrew Zimmern cooks up adventure in new book for kids

He’s known as the guy who will eat anything — and we mean anything.  But it turns out, chef and television host Andrew Zimmern is as adventurous behind a keyboard as he is with a fork and knife, and the proof is in his first book written for kids.

AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, written by Zimmern with H. E. McElhatton and illustrations by Lisa Troutman, is available online and in bookstores now -- and Zimmern will promote the release of the book with an appearance at the Buckhead Barnes and Noble tonight at 7:00 p.m.  The appearance will feature the famed food expert “in conversation” with Kim Severson of The New York Times and will cover both Zimmern’s fascinating career and the new book.  

AZ and the Lost City of Ophir centers on a 12-year-old boy named AZ (don’t those initials sound familiar?) who ends up taking a life-changing adventure in the Ancient Egyptian city of Ophir.  AZ, by the way, is described as having an “iron gut” — something his creator proved he also possesses time and time again on the hit Travel Channel series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”

Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken likes to think he has the “iron gut” on the FOX 5 Atlanta team — we’re not so sure about that, but we do know he’ll eat just about anything.  So he spent the morning with Andrew Zimmern at famed Atlanta restaurant Gunshow, getting both a cooking lesson and the inside scoop on AZ and the Lost City of Ophir.