i love reading food books. i love personal accounts and memoirs by famous chefs and food critics, and especially by ambitious, funny, and self-deprecating amateurs that just love food. i love food-related non-fiction like works on the history of salt or the changing role of sushi in america or how cooking made us human. i love books on sustainable eating and real food and what organic really means. and of course, i love cookbooks. i have a few cookbooks on my bedside table – not primarily to read the recipes, although i do sometimes and they make me very hungry – but because my favorite cookbooks are full of juicy anecdotes and back stories and useful tips like how to spit roast a salmon or build your own grill out of a trash can (okay, that’s a very specific cookbook).
to share some of these favorites, i’ve started a page of good food books including all these different categories, which you can find under ‘food reads’ on the side of the blog. i was inspired to create a dedicated book page because of two recent book encounters i want to share: my life in france by julia child and the how not to cookbook project by aleksandra mir.
warning: there’s a lot of writing coming up, but you’re only going to click if you like reading in the first place, right?