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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
I do not want to have lunch with Barbara Kingsolver. I do not want to sit across the table from this self-satisfied woman and have her gently scold me...more
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May 13, 2008
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table
McMillan is trying to do two things at once. First, she's tracking the life cycle of food in America by taking jobs on a farm, at a grocery store, and...more
Mar 2012
Feb 28, 2012
Restaurant Man
I'm re-listening to certain discs of the audiobook because I can't bear to let it go. Which kind of says everything, right there. But, to sum up, it's...more
Aug 2012
Aug 15, 2012
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
Things I learned while reading this book:

-- The Food Network was conceived by a regular dude in New England who gets no credit or money.
-- Emeril fi...more
Jan 2014
Jan 09, 2014
The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
I picked at it, and liked a lot of it, but I don't think I'll finish it. It reminds me of food writing, in the way it makes you think about a sensory...more
Feb 2008
Mar 11, 2008
Stanley Park
I'm not going to finish this. I don't care about the protagonist, the oh-so-passionate chef who wants to serve "high end rubber-boot food." (Seems lik...more
Sep 2009
Sep 26, 2009
The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir
Could this book have been written by somebody who is a little more fun to hang out with for 276 pages? Tons of people have won the Pillsbury Bake-Off,...more
Nov 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America
Ah, yes. Another memoir about an interesting experience that I wish had been written by someone else. I want to go inside the Culinary Institute of Am...more
Jul 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
Beautifully written. I think it's worth picking up for the craftsmanship alone. But it's also a fascinating, clear-eyed and yet emotional look at how...more
Feb 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table: A Collection of Essays from the New York Times
A lot of these essays seem only to scratch the surface. But they were probably perfect for a newspaper column, which is where they first appeared, and...more
Dec 2008
Dec 26, 2008
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater
Part foodwriting, part weight loss memoir, part behind-the-scenes on what it's like to be the New York Times food critic. I think Bruni is strongest w...more
Feb 2010
Apr 15, 2010
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Well, it's been too long, and now I can't remember specifically what I thought about this. I remember being totally engrossed by the details of her li...more
Sep 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America
This book is partly about food, and partly about the lives of women during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It uses food and cooking to track the daily lives a...more
not set
May 13, 2008
The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight
So, I remember, back in the day, some activists set loose a bunch of ducks from a foie gras farm. I thought "That's pretty cool. Go activists!" Now, I...more
Oct 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Wisdom of the Radish: And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm
I enjoyed this. Primarily for her descriptions of raising chickens, and interacting with farmers' market customers, and figuring out what to do about...more
Oct 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher
You would think that reading about the life of a self-absorbed food essayist who spends her time planning summer visits to France and complaining abou...more
Nov 2007
Oct 27, 2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
I finally finished this after picking at it for months. I think it's a great exploration of food production in the United States -- although, as a nat...more
not set
Sep 22, 2008
The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation
I just...loved it loved it loved it. The author reminds his readers that 50 years ago, we wouldn't be seeing sushi in our supermarkets and mixed baby...more
Dec 2007
Jan 10, 2008
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
Fabulous! Everything I'd want. Lusty food memories, adventures, historically interesting name dropping -- Pepin's life story is an all around good tim...more
May 2010
May 21, 2010
The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
It was interesting. Perhaps it could stand to lose some of the inside baseball details -- the life stories of people who appear in the narrative for o...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2009
My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm
Empire of Dirt is the opposite of Animal Vegetable Mircale, in the sense that it is funny, feels very honest, and doesn't inspire me to do much of any...more
Sep 2011
Sep 06, 2011
The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy
Thorough, entertaining and wide-reaching look at the history of sushi and it's modern day mechanics. Highlights include the sory of the Los Angeles su...more
Sep 2007
Sep 22, 2007
The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket
I found the writing style kind of choppy...sing-songy...I don't know, sorta annoying. BUT, in the end you actually care about the sushi students he fo...more
Oct 2007
Sep 30, 2007
The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance
This casual, confident, unflinching but affectionate bio is a great read if you care about food and restaurants in the United States. And even if you...more
Oct 2013
Oct 10, 2013
Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater
I just started this one, but it's a classic from what I understand, so I'm excited. I wish I could eat as much as this author clearly does without get...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Lots of fun. She writes about disguising herself while she was a food critic, so that she could eat unrecognized in fancy restaurants and tell NYTimes...more
Dec 2006
Jun 18, 2007
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The beginning is far more entertaining than the end. And the whole thing is less entertaining than another of her books, Garlic and Sapphires. But sti...more
Apr 2007
Jun 18, 2007
The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition
JR gave this to me for my birthday!
Jul 2007
Jul 19, 2007
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Jan 2006
Jun 18, 2007
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
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