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Favorite food books?

funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 10:06 AM

Looking for great food books (not cook books unless they are really heavy with great content outside of recipes). Books that inspire, educate and entertain. Have enjoyed Ruth Reichl, MFK Fisher, Alice Waters, Kermit Lynch...but are hungry for more!!

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  1. arifa RE: funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 10:42 AM

    I love Michael Pollan's books Botany of Desire and the Omnivore's Dilemma. The first is more about botany and the second more about the agriculture industry, but they are about food, too! The second one is waaay more about food, as Botany of Desire also goes into tulips and marijuana.

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      ClaireWalter RE: arifa Aug 21, 2007 04:22 PM

      Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" and "A Cook's Tour." Mort Rosenblum's "Olives." Mark Kurlansky's "The Big Oyster." Gael Greene's "Insatiable" (about food and more).

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        coney with everything RE: arifa Aug 23, 2007 10:36 AM

        Second to the Omnivore's Dilemma and would also add "Heat" by Bill Buford. He is a writer who wanted to know more about being a chef, and basicallly interned for Mario Batali (who is a different person than his TV persona!)

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          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: coney with everything Aug 23, 2007 11:29 AM

          I had a problem getting into Heat (could be the pregnancy hormones - my concentration is for nothing lately). I found the back and forth between his interning and Batali's history distracting.

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        mvi RE: funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 11:05 AM

        This recent post should help you.


        1. funandyummy RE: funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 11:06 AM

          Thanks for the great thread, mvi!!

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            mvi RE: funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 03:06 PM

            There are some awesome books in that thread and I ordered some based on what others wrote about. Have fun!

          2. LulusMom RE: funandyummy Aug 21, 2007 11:41 AM

            Calvin Trillin is lots of fun. I also like the Michael Ruhl (sp?) books - Making of a Chef and Soul of a Chef.

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              yankeefan RE: funandyummy Aug 22, 2007 06:27 AM

              Michael Ruhlman does a great job - Making of a Chef, Soul of a Chef, etc.. very entertaining and well written.

              my personal favorite is anything by Jeffrey Steingarten- the man is hilarious.

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                LulusMom RE: yankeefan Aug 22, 2007 07:22 AM

                Ruhlman!!! - yes, thats who I meant.

                And yes, Steingarten is hilarious.

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                  tartiflette RE: yankeefan Aug 23, 2007 06:59 AM

                  I have a secret crush on Steingarten. He's a pretentious grumpy curmudgeon... but that sly wit wins me over every time.

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                  CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: funandyummy Aug 23, 2007 06:50 AM

                  There are also good collections: The Best Food Writing of 2000. There's been an edition every year since I believe. Great quick reads compiled from restaurant reviews, articles and prefaces to recipes.

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                    hungry_pangolin RE: funandyummy Aug 23, 2007 07:47 AM

                    Elizabeth David
                    Gina Mallet
                    Margaret Visser

                    1. DanaB RE: funandyummy Aug 23, 2007 11:45 AM

                      This topic has come up frequently in the past. Here are some links to recent (long!) threads:




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