Suggested Reading

Do you have a suggestion for some good Foodie Reading material?  It could be something you've never read before, but always wanted to....or it could be a title you are very familiar with.  We can't guarantee that every suggestion will be picked, but it's fantastic to have choices! 

Leave your suggestions for foodie-type books (books that inspire you to head into the kitchen) in the comments section below.

*If possible, please include title, author, and a little bit about why you've suggested a particular book (optional, but appreciated).

18 comments:

Kaye said...

The Cooking School Murders, by Virginia Rich. I thought this was an old one here, but I'm not finding it. Can't say where I ran into it. It's fun, and lots of food.

AM Nichols said...

Siren's Feast was really good. It's kind of like Eat, Pray, Love but with more food (and recipes!) and less navel gazing.

Ana said...

How about "Chocolat," by Joanne Harris. I haven't read it, but the book has gotten great reviews. About every day life in a French village, and pages filled with references to confections of every type. Shall we?

silviaozzie said...

I suggest Under the Tuscan Sun - the book is almost as appetising as the movie

Debra Eliotseats said...

Speaking of Tuscany, what about 1000 Days in Tuscany and 1000 Days in Venice or The Lady in the Pallazzo all by Marlena di Blasi????

Deb in Hawaii said...

Great suggestions everyone! We'll be sure and take a look before we pick the next set of books this year. Keep them coming! ;-)

Tiffany said...

Purple Chicken: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Wannabe Chef shares one man’s entertaining foray into the often unpredictable world of culinary arts as he learns to produce delectable creations and discovers the unexpected.

Approaching retirement means different things to different people, but to sixty-something Ron Gaj, who had always loved to cook, it meant trying something new—culinary school. As he details his often hilarious journey through the world of culinary arts with a cast of characters who seemed better groomed for reform school, Gaj provides a glimpse into how he sharpened his rudimentary cooking skills through weeks of chopping, dicing, boiling, sautéing, and participating in the solution of simple math problems that were treated like quantum physics—ultimately becoming a braver soul in the kitchen.

Anne said...

I'm recommending a book by an Australian author, Charlotte Wood. "Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food" expounds on the idea that sharing food is like sharing love. This is a warm, lively and entertaining illustration of the author's passion for wonderful food and the joy of sharing it with special people.

Rachel said...

All of these suggestions for upcoming Cook the Books selections sound very tasty! Keep them coming...

Wendy Klik said...

The books I am recommending don't necessarily contain recipes but they are certainly all about food in all it's different forms. I didn't know if having recipes included was a requirement. I have only participated twice so far and both books did have recipes. Anyway, if it doesn't need recipes I would like to recommend Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend, Farm City by Novella Carpenter and Heat by Bill Buford. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver is another great one but I think I saw it on your list already.

Simona Carini said...

Thank you Wendy, for your suggestions. Yes, we've read the Kingsolver's book and also Heat.

Betty said...

Nonfiction - Vie de France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a kitchen in the Loire Valley by James Haller and Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella by David Shalleck -- Who can resist food and travel!

Some Fiction - Not too long ago, I read The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love and Manners by Sarah-Kate Lynch and Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, both were excellent. Love anything by Barbara O'Neal. Market Street by Anita Hughes was really good. Loved Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food, Friendship Bread by Darien Gee, and The Love Goddess Cooking School by Melissa Senate. I just love to read about food and you guys do a great job of finding interesting books!

abouttownfresno said...

Really enjoyed Last Chinese Chef | Nicole Mones. Modern and delicious.

Simona Carini said...

Thanks for the suggestion. Cook the Books read that novel a little while ago and enjoyed it too.

Amy CookingAdventures said...

How about Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20697471-food

Gaffigan is a comedian, so there are lots of laughs and a plethora of food inspiration!

Wendy Klik said...

Beth of the Printcess just reviewed a book that sounds like so much fun.....Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown. A novel about a chef who is captured by pirates and has to keep them well fed in order to save his life. You can read Beth's review at http://artemishi.blogspot.com/2015/04/book-review-cinnamon-and-gunpowder.html

ihath said...

I suggest the novel Spoonful Chronicles. It tells the story of a woman on a mission to unlock her destiny by remembering everything she has ever eaten. The book comes with info on how to sign up to a mailing list where you can get all the recipes. So you can read the book and eat it too.

More info: http://ihath.com/spoonful-chronicles/

Claudia said...

Oh boy, some great suggestions here! I'm going to be checking them out.