Food-Related Non-Fiction
Non-cookbook non-fiction books you've read about food, cooking, and eating.
1 The Omnivore's Dilemma: A N...
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2 Kitchen Confidential: Adven...
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3 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:...
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4 Fast Food Nation: The Dark ...
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5 In Defense of Food: An Eate...
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6 My Life in France
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7 Garlic and Sapphires: The S...
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8 Tender at the Bone: Growing...
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9 Heat: An Amateur's Adventur...
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10 Julie and Julia: 365 Days, ...
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11 Eating Animals
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12 The Botany of Desire: A Pla...
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13 Salt: A World History
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14 My Greek Traditional Cook B...
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15 A Year in Provence
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16 Under the Tuscan Sun
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17 On Food and Cooking: The Sc...
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18 A Cook's Tour: Global Adven...
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19 Comfort Me with Apples: Mor...
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20 The Man Who Ate Everything
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21 The Making of a Chef: Maste...
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22 The Art of Eating: 50th Ann...
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23 A History of the World in 6...
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24 Blood, Bones, and Butter: T...
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25 The Soul of a Chef: The Jou...
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26 Medium Raw: A Bloody Valent...
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27 Candyfreak: A Journey throu...
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28 Cod: A Biography of the Fis...
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29 Eat, Pray, Love
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30 Home Cooking: A Writer in t...
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31 Mindless Eating: Why We Eat...
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32 The Sharper Your Knife, the...
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33 A Homemade Life: Stories an...
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34 The Fortune Cookie Chronicl...
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35 French Women Don't Get Fat:...
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36 Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense...
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37 Plenty: One Man, One Woman,...
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38 Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
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39 Twinkie, Deconstructed: My ...
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40 The China Study: The Most C...
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41 The United States of Arugul...
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42 The Gastronomical Me
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43 Food Politics: How the Food...
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44 Don't Eat This Book
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45 Service Included: Four-Star...
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46 The Language of Baklava: A ...
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47 An Edible History of Humanity
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48 The Food of a Younger Land:...
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49 What to Eat
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50 The Apprentice: My Life in ...
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51 Consider the Oyster
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52 Banana: The Fate of the Fru...
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53 Farm City: The Education of...
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54 It Must've Been Something I...
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55 Alice, Let's Eat: Further A...
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56 The Nasty Bits: Collected V...
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57 The Tummy Trilogy
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58 Good Calories, Bad Calories
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59 The True History of Chocolate
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60 The Sweet Life in Paris: De...
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61 The Way We Eat: Why Our Foo...
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62 Diet for a Small Planet
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63 Driving over Lemons: An Opt...
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64 Waiter Rant: Thanks for the...
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65 The Emperors of Chocolate: ...
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66 The Big Oyster: History on ...
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67 Everything I Want to Do is ...
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68 In the Devil's Garden: A Si...
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69 Eating for England: The Del...
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70 Toast
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71 I'm Just Here for the Food:...
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72 SEAsoned - A Chef's Journey...
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73 French Lessons: Adventures ...
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74 Breakfast: A History
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75 Spice: The History of a Tem...
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75 I Like You: Hospitality Und...
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77 The American Way of Eating:...
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78 Stealing Buddha's Dinner
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79 Why We Get Fat: And What to...
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80 Tomatoland: How Modern Indu...
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81 Hungry Monkey: A Food-Lovin...
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81 No Reservations: Around the...
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83 An Everlasting Meal: Cookin...
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84 The Kitchen Counter Cooking...
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85 American Pie: Slices of Lif...
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86 Food in History
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87 Confections of a Closet Mas...
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88 Uncommon Grounds: The Histo...
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89 Bento Box in the Heartland:...
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90 American Fried
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91 The Oxford Companion to Food
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92 Nourishing Traditions: The ...
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93 Harvest for Hope: A Guide t...
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94 Gumbo Tales: Finding My Pla...
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95 Aphrodite: A Memoir of the ...
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95 Life, on the Line: A Chef's...
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97 Paradox of Plenty: A Social...
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98 The Zen of Fish: The Story ...
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99 The $64 Tomato: How One Man...
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100 Waiting: The True Confessio...
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634 books · 1,216 voters · list created June 28th, 2008 by Jessica (votes) .
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Comments (showing 1-17 of 17) (17 new)

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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel Wow, this is a nice little list. Certainly gives me some ideas of books to read later. It even reminded me of titles I had wanted to read, but forgot for one reason or another.


message 2: by Lana (new)

Lana I love this list!


message 3: by Mikey (new)

Mikey Fernández Love the list. Thank you for taking the time to make it: Now I'll be browsing it and goin on amazon.

Thanks again!
M.


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie #149 is a novel; doesn't belong on this list


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Which #149? There are several.


message 6: by Julie (new)

Julie Sweet Potato Queen's Novel


message 8: by ☯Bettie☯ (last edited Dec 14, 2011 01:12AM) (new)

☯Bettie☯

Driving Over Lemons, although it does, luckily, have some described eating in it or they wouldn't have been able to sustain the arduous, and gently amusing, family move from England to Spain, doesn't really fit this category.


message 9: by Andy (new)

Andy I'm surprised how many of these books I've read or are on my to-read list. Apparently I'm a foodie.


message 10: by Lorna (new)

Lorna Thank you for the list. I'm amazed at how many I have already read!


message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily This list is fabulous, I've read quite a few of them but there are so many left to read on this list - can't wait to get started!


message 12: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Why are the following on this list? Should they be deleted?
#76 - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (I have not read this so I could be missing something here...)
#107 - The New Best Recipe (cookbook)
#147 - The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
#153 - The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007
#168 - The Control of Nature
#199 - How to Cook Everything (cookbook)
#209 - You Shall Know Us by Our Velocity (novel)
#245 - Practical Bengali Grammar (grammar book!?!)
#247 - Zen Yoga (yoga)
#258 - Down and Out in London
#264 - The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel
#276 - The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook
#283 - Bengali: A Comprehensive Grammar (grammar again)
#284 - Breathe Smart: The Secret to Happiness (????)
#290 - The Rusty Parrot Cookbook
#299 - The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook
#303 - Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years (activist memoir?)
#309 - Bengali Grammar (again!)
#341 - Unknown book (anyone know what it was?)
#342 - My Side of the Mountain (novel)
#356 - Rose En Marche (novel)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Jessica - you want me to remove anything?


message 14: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I went through and deleted the most obvious miscategorized ones - the cookbooks, novels, grammar books, and yoga books. I left in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.


message 15: by Judith (new)

Judith Newton Tasting Home  Coming of Age in the Kitchen by Judith Newton


May I add my new food memoir to the list?


message 16: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 01, 2013 08:49PM) (new)

Booklovinglady I originally voted on How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson but then reconsidered and removed my vote, as this Listopia is about "Non-cookbook non-fiction books" amd Nigella's book may be non-fiction but it definitely is a cookbook (and I use is as such...)

Hoe te eten   Het plezier van koken en good food by Nigella Lawson


message 17: by Ben (new)

Ben Great list! Now if I can only find a way to "favourite" this list so that I can easily return to it next time I log in.


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