Culinary Reading Delights — A Noncaloric List

Most people love to eat and have cherished memories of meals they’ve shared over the years with friends and family. If you’ve ever read Peter Mayle, Frances Mayes or Carol Drinkwater, you know exactly what I mean. Their memoirs, while not technically in the culinary genre, all describe the planning and execution of those meals in a very personal way.

The following list includes other authors who write memoirs, essays, and books about wine, bread, olive oil, Tabasco sauce and other random foodstuffs as well as the restaurant world. Enjoy reading them and look for a book list of fiction titles set in the culinary world coming soon.

Interested in one or more of these books? Click the mouse on the book title to read more about it and order it from your local CLEVNET library.

Almond, Steve
Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Blanchard, Melinda
A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
Boorstin, Sharon
Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship
Bourdain, Anthony
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Buford, Bill
Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Clark, Gillian
Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef’s Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood and the Family Meal
De Guise, Lucien and Zahir Sutarwala
Spice Journeys: Taste and Trade in the Islamic World
Deutchmann, Alan
A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma
Drinkwater, Carol
The Olive Farm: A Memoir Of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France
Ecott, Tom
Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid
Febbroriello, Courtney
Wife of a Chef: The True Story of a Restaurant and a Romance
Flinn, Kathleen
The Sharper the Knife the Less You Cry: Love Laughter and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School
Ginsberg, Debra
Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress
Greene, Gael
Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess
Grossman, Jo
A Taste of Murder: Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers
Jurgensen, Dalia
Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire
Kamp, David
The United States of Arugula; How We Became a Gourmet Nation
Loomis, Susan Herrmann
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town
McInerney, Jay
A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine
McNamee, Thomas
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution
Mayle, Peter
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew
Off, Carol
Bitter Chocolate: The Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet
Powell, Julie
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
Ramsay, Gordon
Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F-Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection
Reichl, Ruth
Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table
Reichl, Ruth
Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures at the Table
Reichl, Ruth
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Reichl, Ruth
Endless Feasts: 60 Years of Writing from Gourmet
Rothfeder, Jeffery
McIlhenny’s Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire
Ruhlman, Michael
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute
Salter, James
Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days
Sanderson, Catherine
Petite Anglaise: A True Story
Seligson, Susan
Going with the Grain: A Wandering Bread Lover Takes a Bite out of Life
Tucker, Michael
Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir Of Food, Wine and Love in Italy
Wallace, Benjamin
The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
Walsh, Rob
Are you Really Going to Eat That?: Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker
West, Michael Lee
Consuming Passions: A Food Obsessed Life
Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Wolf, Bonnie
Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes and Other Kitchen Stories

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