In the Kitchen: Non-fiction About the World of Food and Cooking
Do you read cookbooks like novels? Is the difference between bucatini and capellini something you’ve explained multiple times? Then jump right in to some memoirs and stories about food and foodies obsessed.
- Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain is at his best and most brash in his first book. It’s like taking a trip back in time and into the delicious and occasionally dangerous world of New York chefs in the 1970s. Already devoured this one? Move on to A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines for an around the world trip into food you may have never thought was actually food or try Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook to see an older but no less opinionated Bourdain.
- My Life in France by Julia Child. From the woman who gave the world Mastering the Art of French Cooking and taught many people how to cook comes the story of how she learned to cook and came to fall in love with France in the same way the world would co52 me to fall in love with her. For another view on this time period for Childifiles who can’t get enough, check out As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto – Food, Friendship, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Joan Reardon.
- Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen – How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell. Inspired by Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Powell started a blog about her adventures in trying to cook every recipe in the book in a year. Later, Powell’s story was mixed with Child’s for the movie Julie & Julia.
- 52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust by William Alexander. Another story of a foodie obsessed, Alexander spends one year making the exact same peasant loaf over and over again, trying to capture that perfect crust. His journey takes him to baking competitions to building his own wood fired oven and to France, where obsessed foodies always seem to end up. If you’re as into gardening as you are into food, Alexander also has The $64 Tomato.
- The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine by Dave DeWitt. How did American cuisine come to be? After all, our country was created by British colonists. DeWitt explores how a dedication to agriculture and a love for the local that today’s foodies will recognize created what we now know as American food culture. Also included are colonial recipes for the hardcore history foodie.