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I'm always looking for foody books-not cookbooks, but books that are stories or memoirs centered about food or restaurants. I have many but always like to find more (take a peek at my WL if you can-my acc't is on hold so don't know if you can?) .
Right now I'm reading and loving "The Sharper Your Blade, The Less You Cry" by Kathleen Flinn-her memoir of spending a year in Paris at the Culinary Institute.
Some other foody books I've read and enjoyed: "Heat" by Bill Buford; all of Michael Ruhlman's "...Chef" books (I liked "The Making Of A Chef" the best), "The Apprentice" by Jacques Pepin, "How I Gave My Heart To The Restaurant Business" (can't remember author offhand-but a good, fun book); "Julie And Julia" by Julie Powell; "The Nasty Bits" Anthony Bourdain; Ruth Reichl's 3 memoir books, and some more I can't remember right now.
I also have some TBR-Mimi Sheraton's book and Julia Child's book...I've read "Apricots On The Nile by Colleen Rossant and I just requested another book continuing her life from PBS, etc. I've even read "Blue Bistro" by Elin Hildebrand (more of a romance, but set mostly in a restaurant on Nantucket Island-I nice, quick read). Oh, I've read "Toast" by Nigel Slater too-didn't like that as much though.
Would appreciate suggestions for more books like these-thanks in advance!
Its not quite the same as there are recipes, but the goosberry patch Christmas cookbooks are particularly nice because the receipts are accompanied by rembrances. In the same way, I wonder if Tasha Tudor's cookbook has stories?
I also enjoy reading *about* food in cozy mysteries that have a cooking premise.
I haven't read these but they caught my interest:
Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone
The Saucier's Apprentice, by Bob Spitz
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver
Cooking for Mr. Latte, by Amanda Hesser
The Year of Eating Dangerously, by Tom Parker Bowles
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, by Fuchsia Dunlop
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is really good- I believe it is out in pb now. Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma are both very interesting reads, but I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. I have French Women Don't Get Fat on my TBR, so haven't read it yet. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdaine was pretty interesting. Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress was an ok read- the story was interesting, but I thought it was obvious that the author was not a very experienced writer.
"THe Man Who Ate Everything" by Jeffrey Steingarten is one of the best; he has also written others. He is a professional food writer, and he writes about food and his experiences.
"In Search of the Green Fairy" is another such book. The author 's first nae is James, can't remember the rest. He has written others as well.
You can find this type of book in some big chain bookstores, grouped under "food literature." They are hard to find otherwise. Everyone wants to give you recipes. Even the library, mine anyway, does not group them separately.
Here's another I recently read: "The Fruit Hunters" about people who grow, develop and eat, unusual fruit, as well as work with apples and other common ones to produce new fruit. It sounds dull, but it is fascinating, Parts of it were in The New Yorker.
I also loved the Ruhlman books!
I read this, Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch . It was truly wretched. She should stick with being a waiter. She worked at a super-high end and famous restaurant--Per Se--but I don't know how it could have been so dull.