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Dec 15, 2011 12:38 PM

Any foodie book gift ideas?

She's already read "Kitchen Confidential" 1 and 2, "The Devil in the Kitchen" by Marco Pierre White, and "Heat" by Bill Buford. Any other books my foodie wife would enjoy in that vein?

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  1. I am in love with "My Life in France" despite Julia Child's disdain of her own parents in the book, which I found appalling. Politics should never sever familial ties, in my opinion, since politics are fleeting and fairly meaningless to me. That is why I only partially read, "As Always, Julia" a book of letters between Julia and Avis DeVoto. If your wife is politically inclined in the most liberal way, she would like that book. Other than that, I suggest Kindle or Nook, the latter of which I requested for my Christmas gift so I can search and download to my heart's content! My current read is foodie only in the most remote way, "MARY, A Novel," Mrs. A. Lincoln, by Janis Cooke Newman.

    1. Oh, forgot to mention, one of the most entertaining and life changing book I have read in recent memory is Robb Walsh's "Sex, Death and Oysters." Totally changed my mind about oysters and made me a HUGE fan of oysters. I now seek them out from November to April, in Houston, and Paris, and England....

      1. Some of my very favorites:

        Ruth Reichl's two:
        "Tender at the Bone" - laugh-out-loud funny
        "Comfort Me with Apples" - also wonderful

        "Like Water for Chocolate" - magically wonderful; I've read it so many times. If your wife hasn't, she should. I treasure it.

        And "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris. Another must-read treasure of a book.

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        1. re: Jaymes

          Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange was charming as well.

        2. Anything by Ruth Reichl is a great read. My husband got me Dining Out by Dornenburg and Page, I liked it. A really neat read "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky is wonderful, he also did one on Cod which I haven't gotten to yet. If your wife is into heavy reading Brillat-Savarin "Physiology of Taste" brings philosphy and food together. Weighty but worth it. The quote from Iron Chef "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are" is from this book. These are a few of my favorites, and mentioned earlier "Like Water for Chocolate" also an all time favorite.

          1. I liked several of the books already mentioned--Reichl's first two, "My Life in France," and "Heat."

            It seemed that "Blood, Bones and Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton was THE book to read last year. I liked it, she writes beautifully, but I didn't love it.

            I adored Jay Rayner's "The Man Who Ate the World." He also is a wonderful writer and I found his travelogue/food reviews a joy to read.

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            1. re: tvchick

              I agree with you on the Blood, Bones and Butter comment. Nice book, but it barely had anything to do with her being a chef. I think all the great reviews were from guys who had the hots for her!

              1. re: Bart Hound

                Not true; besides, what non-masochistic guy would crush on a woman with such confused "affectional preferences"?

                I found myself shaking my head throughout at just how good the writing was.