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Jun 20, 2014 02:10 PM

Book Recommendation

Need a food book recommendation. Just finished Norman Van Aiken's, thought it started well but ended 'meh.' Enjoyed Anything That Moves (Goodyear), Blood Bones & Butter (Hamilton), Heat (Buford), anything by Bourdain, Steingarten, Ruhlman. Not a huge fan of the historicals - Extra Virginity, Salt, Consider the Fork - but do veer toward the educational/resource (McGee, Flavor Bible).

Restaurant Man, Counter Intelligence, L.A. Son are probably my three 'favorite' reads so anything along any of these lines would be great.


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    1. re: mike0989

      absolutely perfect rec, but i've read it. left it off the list as i was looking through my bookshelves and have that loaned out. perfect perfect 'what i'm looking for' though thank you

    2. I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

      <<Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.>>

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        1. I have one suggestion that Might be just slightly outside your preferences: "Come In, We're Closed; An Invitation to Staff Meals at the World's Best Restaurants" by Christine Carroll & Jody Eddy. "Insider" stories and interviews, all accompanied by some of the recipes the staff enjoy before the doors open to us. Of the 25 restaurants profiled, a couple of very recognizable names: Ad Hoc, The Fat Duck, and the soon-to-be-closed wd~50.

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          1. re: mcsheridan

            nope this works, this is really unique and my friend who's a front-of-house lifer always regales me with his family meal stories. great call, thank you.

          2. "Secret Ingredients", an anthology of New Yorker magazine's food writing and cartoons. Varied and fascinating topics, including articles like the one by Bourdain that was expanded into "Kitchen Confidential".

            "The Apprentice", Jacques Pepin's memoir.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I'll second the New Yorker volume. I've read it through about three times now!

            2. This is a good one on Daniel Boulud's New York restaurant.


              Anything by Michael Pollan or Ruhlman, as you mentioned.

              Marlena di Blasi's series on Italy is pretty good, though they may be more "chick" books. They are about travel and food in Italy, but her descriptions of Italian food are
              quite evocative.