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Feb 11, 2008 04:55 PM

You Are What You Read

I've just finished both of Jeffrey Steingarten's books...

I've done MFK Fisher...

And Mr. Bourdain...

So Chowhounds... what do you read about food when you're not eating?

What good food books should every good CH'er devour?

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  1. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and if you've read that, his follow-up In Defense of Food. Seriously, Jennalyn, Omnivore will change the way you look at food.

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    1. The Pudding That Took A Thousand Cooks by Michael Symons

      1. I am almost finished with "The United States of Arugula." Really enjoying it.

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        1. re: morla

          Just finished this book myself, highly recommended.

        2. I've really enjoyed Ruth Reichl's series of memoirs.

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          1. re: cmkdvs

            another vote for ruthie's memoirs.

            heat - bill buford
            devil in the kitchen - marco pierre white
            gospel of food - barry glasser
            making of a chef - michael ruhlman
            omnivore's dilemma - michael pollan
            food politics - marion nestle
            food fight - kelly brownell

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I just started Food Politics this week. So far, it confirms a lot of what I already thought.

              1. re: coney with everything

                yeah, i guess part of why i like it is the validation ;)

          2. Laurie Colwin's books are excellent.

            Ruhlman's "Soul of a Chef" is also great, especially the chapter about Thomas Keller.

            "Julie & Julia," by Julie Powell.

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            1. re: jnstarla

              i enjoyed julie & julia as well...have you seen that it's being made into a film along with julia's 'my life in france' ? cool article.


              as for me i recommend all of these. i actually didn't hate the parts of 'sevice included' about the inner workings of per se, but that's sort of a different genre.