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Subject: Name your favorite foodie memoir
Date Posted: 4/23/2010 8:22 AM ET
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I loved all three of Ruth Reichl's:

Tender at the Bone

Comfort Me with Apples

Garlic and Sapphires


They inspire me to cook AND eat!

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 2:27 PM ET
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What?  No one reads food memoirs?  You don't know what you are missing.


Date Posted: 7/12/2010 10:48 PM ET
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Julie and Julia

Anything by Anthony Bourdain

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 8:41 AM ET
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I recently read Born Round by Frank Bruni., the food critic (restaurant reviewer) for the New York Times.  It was laugh out loud funny in quite a few places.  Plus his detailed descriptions of his favorite foods and meals---especially his Grandma's loving feasts and during his travels to Italy---were mouth-watering.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  (I posted it a couple weeks back and it was snapped right up!)

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 4:48 PM ET
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I think I have that book but if not I will add it to my wish list.  Thank you for the recommendation.

I enjoyed Heat.  I also love Anthony Bourdain.  I loved Typhoid Mary.  I take for granted that hand

washing has been around forever.  Yikes Mary.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 4:49 PM ET
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Born Round was already on my wish list.  I'm 23rd in line.  Yeah.  Not that I need another foodie book. :)

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 12:11 PM ET
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There are just soooo many in this genre now...I should just keep a list handy somewhere,

But...I read Bruni's book, and while it was really good---I read all his stuff in NYT, not just food---I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for more about the food, and less about his weight struggle. I know, it was pretty clear what the book was. But I was just hoping.....th former critic, RW "Johnny" Apple, wrote some terrific foodie books...

I also liked Paula Deen's memoir terrifically, although I do not care for her style of food. And James Villas, another great food writer, who's also very southern. Jeffrey Steingarten may be my all-time fave, though.

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Date Posted: 7/17/2010 6:54 AM ET
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Paula Dean's food will kill you.  When I hear her name I see a floating stick of butter.  But ...her story is very interesting.  I love stories about women who pull themselves up and make it on their own.

Date Posted: 8/23/2010 3:57 PM ET
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All of the above! 

"My Life In France", Julia's memoir written by her nephew was particularly great but not exclusively food-centric.  I hearted Julia SO much...as a cook, as a woman and as a personality.

The one I read most recently was by Jay Rayner--"The Man Who Ate The World", which I only came to know about because he had that awful reality cooking show on TV for like five seconds.  It was good book, though.