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He discusses individuals—you meet the guy that makes the best pastis or the best olive oil—and you really feel like you are on this trip with him. Buy: amazon. That was my go-to book when I first became a pastry chef. I especially love her coconut tapioca with passion fruit and cilantro. That was one of my favorite desserts when I started on this road. It has everything in it, from cooking an armadillo to how to make the most perfect pie crust.
M y most loved food books sit close to the stove, warped by steam from the kettle, sauce spattered, spines cracked and sticky taped, spilling pages torn from magazines. This hard-working reference library of about 40 books provides both instruction and inspiration and it just about squeezes into a small double bookshelf. The selections are often more revealing of culinary personality than their owner cooks might like. This list of the really great books of the last 17 years may help fill some of the gaps on your shelves. The mostly female scholar-cooks of the past have been supplemented by globe-trotting chefs and bakers, food scientists, polemicists, offal-eating restaurateurs and moonlighting novelists.
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Food and books: two great tastes that taste great together. This book assembles three collections of his best food writing, written in the s as an attempt to rebel against the same old classical French and Italian restaurants that were heralded as haute cuisine. He writes with wit, and a genuine passion for Kansas City barbecue, pizza, and hot dogs. He is a national treasure. Best enjoyed with: a big, floppy slice from the pizza place around the corner, folded in half and eaten very quickly. Best enjoyed with: biscuits, fresh out of the oven, split in half, and spread with honey butter.
So wrote M. Fisher in 's The Gastronomical Me , a classic of food writing that helped define a whole genre — books about food that aren't just illustrative and instructional, but instead deal with food as a powerful force in thoughts, dreams, and life. Why round up 10 great books about food that aren't cookbooks? At a moment in food culture that is both frequently glorious and frequently ripe for satire — from the little things, like the quest for the perfect avocado on toast, to the big things, like the use of avocado on toast as a metaphor for the housing affordability crisis — it's nice to remember that food has an indelible place in life, sometimes the same place as characters, plots, and themes, and certainly the same place as good ideas and great sentences. There are some classic books that aren't on this list, and it's certainly missing some bestsellers. And the no-cookbooks rule meant we had to skip some of the best food writing today, much of which is made by people who manipulate ingredients for a living.
The food memoir is a dicey proposition for a writer: It takes real courage to sit down and decide that your individual eating experience is interesting enough for other people to care about. Will any readers care that you spent a week in Paris devouring caviar for breakfast? Or that a journey to the South Pacific resulted in personal discovery through street food? The job is easier said than done, but when written well, a food memoir can touch on universal feelings of growth, understanding, and self-awareness. Plus, you have to make the food sound really delicious. We also limited inclusion to one book per author so no single writer could overtake things.