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Oct 30, 2006 09:55 PM

Food Literature

Can anyone suggest some books about chefs/cooking but not cookbooks? Its tough to find stories about cooking that aren't based around recipes.

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  1. "Spotted Dick, S'il Vous Plait" by Tom Higgins is about a chef starting an English restaurant in Lyons.

    1. I just searched Chowhound using "Food Books" and came up with a lot of listings. This might be a good place for you to start.

      Certainly anything by Anthony Bourdain, M.F.K. Fisher, Margaret Visser, Jeffrey Steingarten, R.W, Apple et al could fill your bill. FOOD POLITICS by Marion Nestle and OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollen are fascinating reads about how America's food reaches the table. HEAT is by Bill Buford relating his time in Mario Butali's kitchen. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME is a compilation of chef's kitchen disaster stories.

      I'm a Food Historian and have an extensive library. Don't know if that is what you're seeking or not.

      1. Here are a couple of links to prior threads on this topic to get you started:

        My personal favorite is anything by M.F.K. Fisher.

        1. By far my most dog-eared book is "A Literary Feast: An Anthology" by Lilly Golden. Authors include Hemingway, MFK Fisher, James Joyce, Liebling...

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          1. Read Elizabeth David
            Try "Once Upon a Town" by Bob Greene about Americans feeding WW2 troops.