Books by Foodlovers
- mickie44 Jan 6, 2007 03:51 PM
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?
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!
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
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.
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
by Ludwig Bemelmans
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!
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.
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.