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Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child
liked it
This insider's account of life with Julia is a very admiring look at the woman who taught America to cook. Julia's impact on the author (Nancy Verde B ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat
liked it
My favorite part of this book was, without a doubt, the cover. What a great cover. Every time I closed it, I spent at least 3 minutes admiring the mod ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 02, 2009
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
really liked it
This book is useful not just for the recipes, but for the illustrations and instructions on how to chose, prepare and cook various types of vegetables ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 16, 2007
The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove
liked it
Cathy Erway loves food. Which is good, because she lives in New York City, which is paved with excellent restaurants. But after one too many lousy, ex ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
it was ok
This was a book that I finished, but didn't really enjoy.

I can appreciate that Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking came along at just t
Aug 2007
Jan 02, 2008
Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family
it was ok
I'm a fan of Pam Anderson's Cook Without A Book and I've gotten great recipes from the authors' blog, Three Many Cooks. So I was disappointed to disco ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2015
The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
liked it
This book tracks the 20th century development of haute cuisine in France through the life of Bernard Loiseau. It follows Loiseau from his unimpressive ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 16, 2007
Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals
it was ok
These essays explore the power of food and memorable meals, be they positive or negative experiences. Each essay is around 10-15 pages, so it's a good ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 16, 2007
Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food
really liked it
I known Jane and Michael Stern exclusively from their segments on Lynn Rosetto Casper's "The Splendid Table." I always appreciate their unbridled enth ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food
it was ok
More pretentious that delicious, with surprising rancor for spelling bees lost as a child.
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
The Fearless Baker: Scrumptious Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, Cookies, and Quick Breads that You Can Make to Impress Your Friends and Yourself
really liked it
The authors did a great job creating attractive and easy to follow recipes. I made two cookie recipes from this book and was surprised at how simple t ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
My Life in France
really liked it
Julia Child's "My Life in France" is equal parts love story of Julia and Paul Child, Julia and gastronomy and Julia and France. I adore it.

Julia's bio
Dec 05, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
it was amazing
Very satisfying nonfiction that with wide appeal - non-wine drinkers and non-collectors will still be drawn in by the fascinating depth of the world o ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
Slice & Bake Cookies: Fast Recipes from your Refrigerator or Freezer
liked it
I made two recipes from this book - the cookies turned out fine but I wasn't terribly impressed with the way the recipes were written. In some cases I ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
The School of Essential Ingredients
liked it
I read the blurb on the back of this book as saying "Fans of Laura Esquivel are going to fall in love with Erica Bauermeister's beautiful story." Afte ...more
Jun 18, 2009
May 04, 2009
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America
liked it
The author and protagonist of this memoir, Jonathan Dixon, isn't always an appealing guide, but the behind-the-scenes experience of a course at the Cu ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods
really liked it
You don't expect a cookbook to make you laugh out loud, but that's exactly what Jennifer Reese's Make the Bread, Buy the Butter did to me. Reese is a ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally
liked it
This memoir of this couple's experience eating only foods grown within 100 miles of their home did a great job explaining the challenges and the rewar ...more
Apr 2008
May 10, 2008
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
liked it
My book club had a great discussion about this book, we were all hooked by the premise and interested in the progression of the family's experiment an ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 31, 2008
It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything
really liked it
This book was great - it can't top Steingarten's "The Man Who Ate Everything" but it's still excellent. I felt like I adored every story in the first ...more
Aug 2009
Sep 01, 2009
A Year in Provence
liked it
It's hard to resist an author who has a postman they call Marcel the Parcel and who describes a gray, windy afternoon as "perfect lunch weather."

Dec 30, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
liked it
I can't afford fancy meals in expensive restaurants, which is fine, since I'm pretty sure I would hate everything they ever served me. But Ruth Reich ...more
Jul 2007
Jan 02, 2008
Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals: Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians
it was amazing
This is a fantastic cookbook. The author lays out a wide array of dishes, from appetizers to salads, to side dishes and main courses, and sets up a te ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
really liked it
Jennifer 8. Lee doesn't just trace the genesis of the fortune cookie in this book, she analyzes all aspects of the Chinese food phenomenon, from the e ...more
May 26, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
really liked it
I liked the hour-by-hour breakdown of the life of a chef that Bourdain gives more than I liked his step-by-step recap of being a punk kid doing drugs ...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything
did not like it
It is difficult to enjoy a global feast when you dislike your host. Simon Majumdar writes at a slightly spastic pace, with cutting observations and oc ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Man Who Ate Everything
it was amazing
Hilarious. I love this guy. Has an amazing gift for combining spot-on descriptions of gustatory sensations with surprisingly interesting research. Eve ...more
Jul 2007
Mar 27, 2009
On the Line
it was ok
Beautifully designed, incredible photography, details in chart and list form and technical prose. So in short, lovely and a little boring.
Feb 2009
Feb 12, 2009
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
liked it
From reading a lot of books about loving food, learning to cook, loving to cook, learning to love to cook - so much depends upon the voice of the narr ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
From the Vine
really liked it
Great overview of vineyards and wineries in Michigan grouped by region. Each winery spotlight has a very personal touch, many of the photos are taken ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 16, 2009
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