5 memoirs for foodies:
A Moveable Feast by Don George
The premise of Lonely Planet’s foodie anthology is one upon which we can all agree: “Wherever we go, we need to eat.” In A Moveable Feast, edited by veteran travel writer Don George, eating is something to relish on trips—sometimes it’s even the point of the trip. Thirty-eight essays will take you on food adventures around the world.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver is equally as engrossing in this memoir as she is in her fiction. The story is a “memoir-cum-investigative-nonfiction-narrative.” It’s faithful, funny and thought-provoking—about the year in which Kingsolver and her family lived off of food they either raised themselves or purchased from local sources.
Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
This is the memoir of Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef of Prune in Manhattan’s East Village. In the book, Hamilton tells the story of her upbringing (father was a set designer; mother was French) and path to opening a successful restaurant. Though the memoir gives a behind-the-scenes view of the restaurant industry (some dirt included), the real treat is Hamilton’s evocative writing.
Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser is a food reporter for the New York Times (and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook), and here she describes cooking her way into the man who would become her husband’s heart. Recipes included—from Roasted Guinea Hen and Haricots Verts with Walnuts and Walnut Oil (the first meal she cooked for him) and Puree of Peas and Watercress (from the first meal he cooked for her) to the Lobster Rolls they served at their wedding.
Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Ten years after his famous Kitchen Confidential, Anythony Bourdain published Medium Raw—providing readers with even more spicy food fights. His dissections of food TV, big-name chefs and the restaurant biz are still as funny as ever.
What is your favorite foodie memoir? Let us know in the comments!
Looking for some good foodie fiction? Head over to our round-up of “Novels that make you hungry.”
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