Friday, March 20, 2009

Eat This Book

I think we're all big fans of food around here, but I'm the kind of fan that is not simply satisfied by just eating food or writing about food. I also like to READ (you guessed it) about food.

I was inspired to write this post by my friend T's Google Chat status message, which contained a link to Mark Kurlansky's new book about food history and the way Americans ate before chain restaurants and other modern "conveniences" obliterated the idea of seasonal eating.

I would have loved to create a longer post about this, but I'm kind of on a time crunch considering my upcoming trip to Sicily, which I leave for tomorrow and which I have not yet begun packing for. On the bright side, I'm hoping to get a few great SPF posts out of the trip!

A few books about food that I absolutely adore and would definitely recommend:

*The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution, by David Kamp
*Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain
*Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous, by Esther Blum and James Dignan
*What to Drink With What You Eat, by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page and Michael Sofronski (reference)

And a few I've been dying to read:

*Omnivore's Dilemma / In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
*What to Eat, by Marion Nestle (even though I tried to interview her once and she was kind of rude to me)
*Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl
*The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, by Mark Kurlansky
*Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser
*A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine, by Anthony Bourdain
*Moveable Feasts, by Sarah Murray
*Art of Simple Food, by Alice Waters (reference)

If anyone has read any of these and would like to comment, or has other food book suggestions, I want to read your comments! Because, you know, I like to READ ABOUT FOOD...

1 comment:

Natalie MacLean said...

Great blog! You've listed some of my favorite books here.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for wine and food pairings for my new Drinks Matcher widget that you can post if on your blog if you like:


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