Food writing

These are some of my favorite food books. I am always happy to have recommendations.

Heat {An amateur’s adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta-maker, and apprentice to a dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany} Bill Buford (2006)

Where shall we go for dinner? A food romance. Tamasin Day-Lewis (2007)

Eating: A Memoir. Jason Epstein (2009)

Alone in the kitchen with an eggplant: confessions of cooking for one and dining alone. Edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler (2007)

The Sharper your knife the less you cry: love, laughter, and tears at the world’s most famous cooking school. Kathleen Flinn (2007)

Tenth muse: my life in food: Judith Jones (2007)

Family Life: birth, death and the whole damn thing. Elisabeth Luard (1996)

In Defense of food: An eater’s Manifesto. Michael Pollan (2008)

The Man who ate the world: In search of the perfect dinner. Jay Rayner (2008)

Tender at the Bone : Growing up at the Table Ruth Reichl (1999)

Comfort me with apples: more adventures at the table. Ruth Reichl (2002)

Garlic and sapphires: the secret life of a critic in disguise. Ruth Reichl (2006)

Toast: The story of a boy’s hunger. Nigel Slater (2004)

Stuffed: adventures of a restaurant family. Patricia Volk (2001)

Are You Really Going To Eat That? Robb Walsh (2003)

How I learned to Cook: Culinary education from the world’s greatest chef’s. Edited by Kimberly Witherspoon and Peter Meehan (2006)

Talking with my mouth full: crab cakes, bundt cakes, and other kitchen stories. Bonny Wolf (2006)

On a slightly different (and more fictional) note my first favorite food book:
The tiger who came to tea. Judith Kerr (1968) and you can hear it read on youtube
I still love listening to it ‘he drank all the water in the tap’.

Another food book l loved as a child was Apple Pigs by Ruth Orbach (1977), and somewhat food related is Henner’s Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli (1936) A story about a young Amish girl set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Maybe I should start a new page for children’s food fiction…. A bear called Paddington; the Very Hungry Caterpillar; I will never not ever eat a tomato;  Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and The smelly sprout. 

6 responses to “Food writing

  1. Susan W.

    I just saw a comment on the Grist website under New Year’s resolutions. The Grist writer said ‘Read anything by Michael Pollan.’ The comment praised a book called Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice. It’s about an omnivorous diet which worked for the author.

  2. Dana Fogle

    I highly recommend “Animal Vegetable Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver.

  3. Not too late

    The unique and perfect Christmas gift for all gourmets


  4. Dan Bandman

    I love the River Cottage Meat Book and recommend it highly. The first third of the book is a manifesto in favor of responsibly raised (heirloom breed) meat and the recipes (and pics) are amazing. You can check it out at the local library but at ~$25 it’s totally worth buying.

    • hungrywoolf

      Good idea – I just put it on my library reserve list. I have read quite a few articles by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall but I don’t have any of his books. I fear this one might lead to another haggis, or pig head like project!

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