Required Reading For Food Lovers

In the mood to sink your teeth into some good reads? Here are a few enjoyable reads I’ve been wanting to chat about.



*9 James Beard Award Winning Stories and Why They Won Food writing at it’s finest.

*I Was A Cookbook Ghostwriter (via The Clothes Make The Girl) Interesting behind the scenes of celebrity cookbook writing.

*A No Frills Kitchen Still Cooks — Mark Bittman shows you how to outfit a kitchen for under $300.

*Why do recipe writers lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions? Oh this was so hysterically true!

*Salads I want to Eat – I made a new pinterest board for salads and salad dressing and it is now all I want to eat.



Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
I am interested in reading about almost ANY underbelly I’ll have you know, but this was just such an entertaining read. I actually listened to the audio book, narrated by the author, which made it even more fun. It’s a little raunchy, a little informative, and A LOT of exciting entertainment. I’ve recommended this book a number of times here, but I just can’t stop.

The United States of Arugula: How We Became A Gourmet Nation by David Kamp
Kamp wrote for Vanity Fair and this entire book reads like a long and juicy magazine article. Tons of information on the who, what and why of the culinary world. I’d recommend it for no other reason than it is a great pre-requisite to watching Top Chef. 🙂

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
I’ve mentioned this book so many times on this website that I probably sound like a broken record, but I don’t care. I really think it’s that enjoyable. Good Food Stories. That’s it. Simple, eloquent and enjoyable.


*Pantry Confidential — Full of interesting interviews with people who like food. Do you like blogs? Do you like Food? This is blog about people who like food — What’s not to like?

*The Cuisinerd — This website is such a fun combination of food and design. The recipes are always inspiring and the posts are fun to look at!


So tell me, what are some your favorite foodie reads?
*Interesting links you’ve come across lately?

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3 Responses to Required Reading For Food Lovers

  1. Jeff says:

    I’m reading “The Nasty Bits” by Anthony Bourdain right now. Have been reading, I should say. Buuut, I take a lot longer to read books than you do (something I can legitimately blame on the kids). I’m a huge Anthony Bourdain fan, you’d never guess that, right? Bah!

  2. You might like — beautiful collision of food and design. I also really dig, just because they have so much content, there’s usually something tasty (sorry!).

    I just discovered Maureen Abood’s blog, and her posts are beautifully written. New, big fan!

    Books! I’m reading A Moveable Feast (not Hemingway, a collection of food-travel essays) and it’s brilliant.

    Also, bought, Borrowed, Stolen is a GORGEOUS, hand-crafted book that’s travelogue, recipes,and love letters to knives. Best food book I’ve read this year so far.

    I also really love this book: Consuming Passions by Michael Lee West. It’s stories about her crazy Southern family with recipes sprinkled throughout.

    “The Best Food Writing” series is also amazing. AMAZING!

  3. I almost forgot: Tipsy Baker. OMG, Tipsy Baker.

    She’s such a good writer. Her blog posts are kind of stream of consciousness sometimes, but man, oh man! She gets the poignant details right. So good. SO good.