Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reading List

I love books and I love food, so it goes without saying that I would love books about food. I found this fun list of Food-Related Non-Fiction on GoodReads.

Of the first twenty listed, I've read:

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

Ruth Reichl is my absolute favorite food author. I'm not sure which book I liked best. And I thoroughly enjoyed all the others.

I think I need to add the rest of the top 20 to my TBR (to be read) list:

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

My Life in France by Julia Child

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute by Michael Ruhlman

Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

So...have any of you read those in my TBR list? Worthwhile? Anything that is missing?


  1. The Schlosser and both Ruhlmans are worthwhile. As for one like her. I've been meaning to read Salt for years now...

    Another personal favorite, though it's mostly hardcore history and recipes: Jeffrey Wright's A Mediterreanean Feast:


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