Posted on July 24 2012

Good Reads: Books About Food

Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t pursue a culinary career.  Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about heading to France to either attend pastry school, or serving as a baker’s apprentice in some hidden town you can only find by getting lost.  And then I realize that as of now I’m okay right where I am just baking at the Farmers’ Market every now and again, and also reading about food.  I am such a sucker for food magazines and blogs, and spend a lot of spare time catching up on all of them.  Then I remember I adore getting comfortable and lost in a good book about food, as well.

I’m currently reading Blood, Bones & Butter.  Have you read it?  I really just started and am instantly so swept away reading about her mother’s kitchen and her childhood.  I’m surprised I could put it down to open up the ol’ computer.

Julia Child has always had a special place in my heart.  I had mono in fifth grade and was out of school for ten or twelve days.  Normally my mom would stay home with me when I wasn’t feeling well, but such a long chunk of time had to be broken up between my parents taking time off work.  Although my mom was the best nurse ever (I still want her to be at my side when I’m sick now!), having my dad stay at home with me felt like such a special treat.  He was the one who’s done the majority of the cooking, and he’d have me watch the Frugal Gourmet or Julia Child, feeding my Saltines and Ginger Ale.  I adored her – she sounded like a muppet, and had so much fun cooking.  Reading her story, My Life in France, as an adult made me adore her that much more.

Anthony Bourdain is someone I’d like to have a drink and some street food with.  I had to be in the ER once for something like 10 hours, and Dan and I watched a marathon of “No Reservations” on a tiny hospital TV outstretched over the bed with an accordion folding  arm.  I was officially obsessed.  A couple friends have enthusiastically recommended Kitchen Confidential and I’ve gone so far as buying it.  I haven’t read it, but it’s on deck, and I know I’m going to like it.  I may even love it.  Who knows!

I think I got Dan the book Salt: A World History for a birthday, or Christmas.  Maybe I didn’t get it for him.  I suppose how he got it doesn’t matter.  He read it a few years ago, and enjoyed it.  I’ve wanted to have a go at it, but have put it off because there are a bajillion books in the world and I want to read a great many of them, and “Salt” just falls through the cracks.  Ha!  I wrote that out before I realized it was a silly l’il pun.  I’m looking forward to it, and I’ll report back once I’ve officially read it.

Have you read any of these?  Any good foodie book recs I should add to my list?

  1. Judi says:

    My love for Julia Child knows no bounds. “As Always, Julia”, her collected letters to Avis was wonderful too- it’s a thick book and you really need to have a love for the nitty gritty details of cooking and food and history to enjoy it fully. There’s a part where they talk about how Americans don’t drink wine (at ALL) and they wonder if that will ever change- things like that were so interesting to me. If you have an affection for Julia and wonder what it was like for her to tackle Mastering the Art of French Cooking when “convenience cooking” became all the rage, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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