book list for foodies

If you’re a foodie like me, you enjoy a good book about individuals with a passion for food and its role in their lives. Here are my top 5 picks for foodies, books that were not only well written but engaging page turners.

Garlic and Shappires by Ruth Riechl – Chronicles the once restaurant critic of the New York Times as she used different disguises (‘get ups’) to evaluate various eating establishments. She’s a gifted writer (former editor of the now defunct Gourmet magazine) who is funny and insightful.

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz – What better place to live than in Paris if you are a pastry chef (or bread/cheese/wine lover)? He chronicles his experiences as American making adjustments to the quirky mannerisms of the Parisians. Delightful read. Would love to meet David and try his creations (like his homemade ice creams).

Heat by Bill Buford – A journalist spends a year being a kitchen slave in Mario Batali’s Babbo and even travels to Italy to learn about the history of Italian food. His rant about polenta was quite memorable. Also, one type of pasta was designed/shaped after a woman’s belly button. So random and interesting.

Cooked by Jeff Henderson – Memoir by a former cocaine drug dealer turned Executive Chef of Bellagio. The author served ten years in federal prison and while there, found a passion for food and began his own transformation. He candidly writes about the struggles as an inner city youth growing up in the projects of San Diego. I recall seeing his show on the Food Network (may still be on Hulu), but not sure if it’s still on air.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver – Chronicles a year of well regarded fiction writer’s family attempt of eating locally. This is actually on my reading list. I mention it because many foodies have recommended it.

Have other foodie reads to share? Please do share 🙂

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