Good Reads - Nonfiction
Food for Thought
Culinary Memoirs -
A peek into the lives of people who define themselves
by the food they love.
Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship by Sharon
Boorstin - 2002
The idea for this book was hatched when the author came
across a tattered notebook. It was filled with recipes
that her girlfriends had shared with her over a span of
35 years. Boorstin shares the memories this discovery unearthed,
as well as recipes from each era of her life.
for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship,
with Recipes by Amanda Hesser - 2003
Half memoir, half food diary, this book unveils a budding
relationship between a culinary writer for the New York
Times and a man who has only mustard and an unwrapped block
of cheese in his refrigerator.
Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia
Volk - 2001
With wit and affection, Volk celebrates her big, brash
New York family. Food was the center of their lives and
their livelihood starting back in 1888 when her great-grandfather
introduced pastrami to America.
Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan
Herrmann Loomis - 2001
After studying cooking in Paris as a young woman, Susan
returned to France with her husband and son to renovate
a convent in the Normandy region. She tells humorous stories
about encounters with their neighbors and about adjusting
to their new culture.
and Bitter Oranges: Growing Up in a Tuscan Kitchen by Patrizia Chen - 2003
Because of the dietary preferences of her grandfather,
Patrizia grew up in Livorno with an uncharacteristically
bland diet of mostly white foods. One day she discovered
amazing aromas emanating from the kitchen and learned that
Emilia, the family cook, prepared simple, savory and sumptuous
repasts for her own meals. Patrizia's world was forever
of a Lost Egypt: A Memoir with Recipes by Colette
Rossant - 1999
Although her wealthy grandmother often admonished her that
a girl of good breeding does not go into the kitchen, Colette
was drawn there throughout her childhood. Raised in Paris
and Cairo, she unveils the hodgepodge of cultural influences
she experienced and the memories that still nourish her.
Biography FUSSELL, B.
Kitchen Wars by Betty Harper Fussell - 1999
After starting married life feeling incompetent in the
kitchen, Fussell conquered that arena to become a gourmet
cook and noted food writer. Other household skirmishes
fought during her marriage were less successful. Her entertaining
memoir speaks for a generation of women who felt ambivalent
about (or even trapped by) their domesticity.
Biography OPINCAR, A.
Butter: A Food Memoir by Abe Opincar - 2003
Multi-layered memories are triggered by food for San Diego
columnist Abe Opincar. Poignant and humorous vignettes
unfold chapter by chapter in this evocative memoir that
explores how he experiences the world one bite at a time.
Biography PEPIN, J.
My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin - 2003
At the age of six Jacques Pepin discerned that food could
be much more than sustenance. His path to a life in food
seems like a natural progression in the pages of this easy-going
biography, peppered with humorous and engaging stories.
Biography REICHL, R.
at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl - 1998
Reichl serves up stories of her Greenwich Village childhood
with a cooking impaired mother, and continues through a
full menu of experiences that defined her passion for food.
A natural storyteller, Reichl takes up the tale in 2001's
Comfort Me with Apples, recounting her days as food critic
for the New York Times and as editor of Gourmet.
Biography WEST, M. L.
Passions: A Food Obsessed Life by Michael Lee
West - 1999
The author of Crazy Ladies and She Flew the Coop introduces
us to her eccentric Southern relatives, their irreverent
gossip and their down-home recipes.
Cookbooks with a Story to Tell -
Recipes and more…
with Memories: Recipes and Recollections by Lora
Brody - 1989
Warm family episodes, interwoven with over 100 recipes,
illuminate the life of this noted food writer.
Dish!: Recipes, Tips and Tales of a Hollywood Caterer by Nick Grippo - 1998
Grippo offers insider celebrity stories along with recipes
for California party food.
in the Kitchen by Samuel Chamberlain - 2001
Originally published in 1943, this gastronomic diary of
an American family in pre-World War II France includes
170 recipes from their beloved cook Clementine.
and Famiglia: Two Italian Families Share Their Stories,
Recipes, and Traditions by Joan Tropiano Tucci and Gianni
Scappin - 1999
Northern and Southern Italian families pooled their knowledge
and memories to produce this handsome volume. Includes
the recipe for the impressive timpano from the film Big
and Sustenance: Twenty-Five Centuries of Sicilian Food by Mary Taylor Simeti - 1989
Simeti presents a banquet of information about the culinary
delights, social history and fascinating folkways of an
Rains Fishes: The Legends, the Traditions, and the Joys
of Thai Cooking by Kasma Loha-unchit - 1995
Both colorful and charming, this volume transcends the
ordinary cookbook format and conveys the joy connected
to the food and culture of Thailand.
of My Heart: A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico by Susana Trilling - 1999
Enticing recipes accompany stories of an unspoiled region
and its people.
Route 66 Cookbook by Marian Clark - 1993
Homespun diner recipes complement the nostalgic history
of America's "Mother Road."
Grandma's Wartime Kitchen: World War II and the Way
We Cooked by Joanne Lamb Hayes - 2000
A nostalgic tour of wartime households told with recipes,
quotes and advertisements.
Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American
South by John T. Edge - 1999
Southerners of every stripe share more than 400 recipes
along with their remembrances of a region and a way of
a Country Lane Cookbook by Evelyn Birkby - 1993
The author shares recipes for Midwestern comfort food and
warm stories of rural life in the 1940s and 1950s.
Eating Between the Lines -
Other Good Reads for Foodies
Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods by Gary Paul Nabhan - 2002
In an effort to get in touch with his surroundings, Nahban
spent a year eating only foods grown, fished, or gathered
within two hundred miles of his home.
Last Days of Haute Cuisine by Patric Kuh - 2001
Kuh presents a deft analysis of the evolution of the high-style
restaurants of the 1940s into today's less pretentious
Man Who Ate Everything: And Other Gastronomic Feats, Disputes
and Pleasurable Pursuits by Jeffrey Steingarten - 1997
Whether he's savoring fun-size Milky Way bars or
Beluga caviar, Vogue's Jeffrey Steingarten writes
about food with gustatory enthusiasm and outrageous humor.
In 2002's It Must've Been Something I Ate:
The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything he continues his
compulsive search for the ultimate epicurean indulgences.
Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food by Sallie
Tisdale - 2000
A contributing editor to Harper's Magazine explores
America's evolving relationship to food, and highlights
the influence of culture, fashion and technology.
Cooking by Laurie Colwin - 1988
Warm, cozy food essays from a novelist with a remarkable
gift for conveying domestic details.
Pig: An American Cook in Search of His Roots by
John Thorne - 1996
The author's musings about the roots of American
food are well-peppered with classic regional recipes from
Maine, Louisiana and other Thorne haunts.
a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to
Cuzco by Calvin Trillin - 2003
Trillin's passion for distinctive food specialties,
and the local cultures that inspire them, takes him on
a gastronomic hunt from Queens to Ecuador to Nice and beyond.
with the Grain: A Wandering Bread Lover Takes a Bite out
of Life by Susan Seligson - 2002
Seligson gamely goes to far flung destinations in pursuit
of the staff of life.
Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle - 2001
Englishman Mayle explores the diverse culinary styles in
his adopted country.
Prepared by Lori Sennebogen, November 2003