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Jan 6, 2007 03:51 PM

Books by Foodlovers

I need more suggestions for books like Ruth Reichl's, Calvin Trillin's, Julia Child's Life in France, having read all those. Any ideas?

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  1. Currently, I am reading
    The Mere Mortal's Guide to Fine Dining: From Salad Forks to Sommeliers, How to Eat and Drink in Style Without Fear of Faux Pas by Colleen Rush.

    I am really enjoying it!


      from this thread you will find wonderful suggestions and even an earlier thread on food related topics. Enjoy!

      1. Thanks, I found that one after posting this.

        1. M.F.K. Fisher !

          Must read her!

          Some of the ones I remember from my own bookshelves:

          If you're into the plays and other writings of Lillian Hellman, you might enjoy:
          Eating Together: Recipes and Recollections
          by Lillian Hellman and her guy pal Peter Feibleman

          Check out Holly Hunter's annual anthology series "Best Food Writing" gathered from newspapers, magazines, websites, and other sources. I think she's been compiling the anthologies since maybe 2000 if not earlier.

          Read anything by Michael and Jane Stern.

          The Man Who Ate Everything
          by Jeffrey Steingarten

          Letters to a Young Chef
          by Daniel Boulud

          Kitchen Confidential
          by Anthony Bourdain

          The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
          by Jacques Pepin

          Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
          by Eric Schlosser

          Taste: A Literary History
          by Denise Gigante

          How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science
          by Russ Parsons

          For pure fluff, check book shops or the internet for Culinary Mysteries. There are several writers in this genre. I know some of them are or were culinary professionals.

          5 Replies
          1. re: KCJ

            MFK...YES! Don't believe ALL of her stories, I have heard...but, they make for a great afternoon/bedtime reading of fun!


            1. re: KCJ

              Thanks, KCJ. Good suggestions and some I hadn't seen before.

              1. re: KCJ

                A few more I just remembered from my shelves:

                Extreme Cuisine: The Weird & Wonderful Foods That People Eat
                by Jerry Hopkins, Anthony Bourdain, and Michael Freeman

                Spotted Dick S'il Vous Plait: An English Restaurant in France
                by Tom Higgins

                Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table
                by Linda Ellerbee

                Hotel Bemelmans
                by Ludwig Bemelmans

                1. re: KCJ

                  I have to say that I truly, passionately love Anthony Bourdain's books, specifically the ones where he travels- A Cook's Tour and The Nasty Bits. He makes the food culture in the places he visits come alive, and he makes me belly-laugh-out-loud in public places because he does it with such wit and humor! Right now I'm reading "How I Learned to Cook" which is similar to "Don't Try This at Home", both are collections of stories from chefs around the world- enjoy them as well! Looks like you've got alot of reading to do from all your responses! Have fun!

                  1. re: foodchick

                    Yes, this list will absolutely get me through the winter. I agree with you that travel combined with food are the best books, one reason I like Trillin so much as he hangs around markets throughout the world. We are lucky in the Okanagan Valley marketwise. From May to October we have two farmer's markets a week in Vernon but can travel half an hour north or south to share theirs on other days of the week. Wonderful kimchi and pickled daikon at ours last summer.

                2. I recommend reading anything by Michael Ruhlman. I've enjoyed all of his works, the most recent of which is The Reach of a Chef.

                  Heat by Bill Buford is also an excellent read.