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The Lost Recipe for Happiness
I enjoyed the audio book of this- the reader has such a wonderful voice. It's more risque than I am used to, but the lead character, Chef Elena Alvare ...more
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Sep 04, 2010
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
Gossipy and sensual and quirky and even inspirational, about a modern heroine in the organic, local, sustainable and delectable food movement. Alice W ...more
May 2008
May 08, 2011
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
This is great! My 17 year-old's new favorite book. Brendan Brazier is a triathlete who has focused on nutrition for peak performance, and has simple, ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Death in a Strange Country (Commissario Brunetti #2)
Of course, wonderful! I'm into re-reading these delicious mysteries by Donna Leon. Set in Venice and featuring Guido Brunetti, Commissario of Police, ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
The Last Chinese Chef
This is a wonderful contemporary novel by the author of Lost in Translation, and includes some of the best writing on food and culture ever, in a book ...more
Jan 2010
May 27, 2010
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
This is a marvelous book on health, and a great read. Who wouldn't want to know the story of the peoples on earth with the greatest longevity? How do ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 19, 2010
12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food
Very good! I like Victoria Boutenko, and have used her green smoothie books for years. She is a good-hearted person, with simple, useful food ideas. T ...more
May 29, 2011
May 22, 2011
The School of Essential Ingredients
Just divinely delicious! I love this book. This was my second reading, and Bauermeister's characters and descriptions were even better the second time ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back & How You Can Too
Adorable and informative. Never was there a more passionate foodie than Shauna, saved from a life of misery by a diagnosis of Celiac disease, and intr ...more
Jul 2008
May 08, 2011
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Kimball is a good writer, and she shares her life as a writer-turned-farmer in pungent detail. She utterly loves the hard work, the animals, and the m ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
Just delightful! Prepare to be amused by this sensual memoir of love and food in Paris. Though I am a vegetarian and there are few recipes I can refer ...more
May 31, 2010
May 29, 2010
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
I manage a professional nutrition training program for physicians and other healthcare givers-- and this is the single best book on nutrition I know. ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 19, 2010
My Life in France
Manifique! Julia in top form, recounting in vivid, colorful, delightful detail her culinary and other personal adventures with her husband Paul in the ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 07, 2010
The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery
This is the other best cookbook on the planet! An elegant collection of recipes with solid science and wise advice about healthy cooking for all of us ...more
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Jul 19, 2010
Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
In a word: fascinating! If you are interested in healthy eating, a must. Robinson aggregates studies done all over the world to get a clearer picture ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
Excellent. Very eye-opening for me, since it explains an obsession with hyperpalatable food, full of salt, sugar and fats, that I’ve never experienced ...more
Dec 2009
Aug 07, 2010
Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet
Loved it! A month-by-month account of eating for a year only foods produced within 100 miles of their home in British Columbia. As much essay and memo ...more
Jan 2008
May 08, 2011
A Life's Work: Fathers and Sons
Actually, the authors are Ben & Quinn Bradlee, with observations by Sally Quinn. Quinn is Ben & Sally's son, who was born with a serious heart ...more
May 29, 2010
May 29, 2010
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly enjoyable throughout. Ruth Reichl describes her sensual, hilarious and frustrating experiences during her stint as ...more
Oct 2009
Aug 07, 2010
Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy
Of all the books I've read and enjoyed featuring food and cooking as major life-nurturing elements, this stands out as being about survival-- survivin ...more
Jun 18, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
How to Bake a Perfect Life
If you are interested in multi-generational family dynamics; well-drawn characters, especially female, of all ages; creative heroines, who are usually ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The quirky, intense, painful, soulful world of Rose, who discovers when she is 9 years old and tastes sorrow in her mother's lemon cake that she can t ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends
The best cookbook on the planet. One reviewer on Amazon says Rebecca's soups are better than chocolate. Too true :) She calls them her "cashmere soup ...more
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Jul 19, 2010
The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health
If you're having gut problems, get this book! The authors, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, a nationally-renowned integrative and functional medicine die ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods
I don't know what I enjoy more-- my family's reaction to her 5-star recipes, the brilliant information I acquire in the reading, the truly gorgeous ph ...more
Feb 2013
Dec 08, 2013
Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe
Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale, Inc. and 3rd generation organic advocate, shares convincing arguments (scientific, financial, political, ethical) for goi ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health
I highly recommend both her earlier book Green for Life and this. Read them in order. The information she presents in the first book about the importa ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
Dressed for Death (Commissario Brunetti, #3)
Not my favorite Donna Leon-- a bit more grizzly and sordid than some-- but really worth the read for the start of Chapter Twenty-Three, in which our h ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
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