Food writing regards food not only as a substance, but also as a cultural phenomenon. Food writer John T. Edge explains how the genre views its topic: "Food is essential to life. It’s arguably our nation’s biggest industry. Food, not sex, is our most frequently indulged pleasure. Food—too much, not enough, the wrong kind, the wrong frequency—is one of our society’s greatest causes of disease and death." Food writer Mark Kurlansky links this vision of food directly to food writing, giving the genre's scope and range when he observes: “Food is about agriculture, about ecology, about man’s relati ...more

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club
Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American In Paris, #1)
The Thick and the Lean
Gordon Ramsay's Uncharted: A Culinary Adventure With 60 Recipes From Around the Globe
An Appetite for Miracles
The Wellness Trap: Break Free from Diet Culture, Disinformation, and Dubious Diagnoses, and Find Your True Well-Being
A Spoonful of Time
White Burgers, Black Cash: Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation
Tasting History: Explore the Past through 4,000 Years of Recipes
Sari-Sari Summers
Spicy Spicy Hot!
The Perfect Sushi
The Golden Spoon
What's Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety
Undercooked: How I Let Food Become My Life Navigator and How Maybe That's a Dumb Way to Live
When in Rome (When in Rome, #1)
Tastes Like War
The Golden Spoon
Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club
A Thousand Recipes for Revenge (Chefs of the Five Gods, #1)
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (A Graphic Novel)
Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar
Milk Fed
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (Baker Street Mystery #1)
Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American In Paris, #1)
The Good Egg
A Certain Hunger
The Art of Inheriting Secrets
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
The Cool Bean
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. RombauerMastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia ChildThe New Basics Cookbook by julee-rossoThe Compleat I Hate to Cook Book by Peg BrackenMary Berry's Baking Bible by Mary Berry
Cook Books
570 books — 151 voters
Chocolat by Joanne HarrisLike Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelThe School of Essential Ingredients by Erica BauermeisterJulie and Julia by Julie PowellFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Nouvelle Cuisine
366 books — 256 voters

Post Office by Charles BukowskiThe Rum Diary by Hunter S. ThompsonThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea HandlerThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Drunken Masters
270 books — 399 voters
Chocolat by Joanne HarrisLike Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Food-Related Fiction
820 books — 634 voters

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Eating Animals
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Salt: A World History
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

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