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Subject: Foodie books
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 8:07 AM ET
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I was having a pm conversation with another  member, and thought I'd start the same idea here.  I love foodie books.  Got any others?

Here is my list of ones I have read and liked -

Gordon Ramsay's Roasting in Hell's Kitchen is a really raw look at his life, very informative to understand how driven he is.

Garlic and Sapphires written by NY food critic Ruth Reichl. A Year in Provence, funny and interesting about French culture by food writer Peter Mayle 

The Sharper Your Knife The Less You Cry by Kathleen Finn about going to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen, it is a fascinating look at the restaurant business by a newly minted pastry chef.

I also enjoy the books Best Food Writing annuals with reprints of newspaper and magazine columns.

In my TBR pile or on my wish list

Heat by Bill Buford, The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl.

Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties by Julia Reed

Didn't like - Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 8:36 AM ET
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Forgot to say I am currently reading Saucier's Apprentice by Bob Spitz. 

C'mon!!  Join the conversations!!

EC V. (ec)
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 10:59 AM ET
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Hands down my most fave foodie book ever was Heat by Bill Buford.

But I have to give credit to Kitchen Confidential - it was a book I just happened to grab at a charity booksale because I remembered seeing a blurb about it in Gourmet magazine. After I read that book I began actively searching out authors writing "culinary memoirs" and it started me on a journey that's changed my life.

My second most fave would be Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl - I just loved, loved that book.

And I've got to mention The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman - awesome.

On my wish list that I'm looking forward to reading the most: Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton and Life, on the line by Grant Achatz

Currently reading: Dirty Dishes - Pino Luongo (so far, it's pretty good)

 

 

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 2:21 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/4/2011 3:49 PM ET
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I also enjoyed The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry and Kitchen Confidential.   Some of my favorites though are;

 

The Supper of the Lamb  by Robert Farrar Capon

Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Cafe  by Br. Peter Reinhart

 

I have been trying to collect and read all the books that are in the Modern Food Library Series.  Ruth Reichl is the editor of the series.

EC V. (ec)
Date Posted: 9/9/2011 7:09 AM ET
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They are now calling these types of books "foodoir" - what do you think?
Date Posted: 9/15/2011 10:17 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/15/2011 10:25 AM ET
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Food books I have read:

Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright (was supposed to be about food I thought but more about her life)

The Devil In the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples and Garlic and Saphires ...all by Ruth Reichl ( I love her)

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Amarcora: Marcella Remembers by Marcella Hazan

Made from Scratch by Sandra Lee (eh)

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen By Jacques Pepin (heavenly)

Chicken Every Sunday by Rosemary Taylor (true story and wonderful)

Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain

The Sharper Your Knife the less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn

Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica

Heat by Bill Buford

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

 

Date Posted: 9/15/2011 10:27 AM ET
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Just tried to count the ones I have to be read and I stopped counting after 150.