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Food Writing

Like to read? Love to eat? Try a book about food.

Steve Almond
Candyfreak : a Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
HD9330.C653 U513 2005
Like any good candy bar, Candyfreak has multiple layers: one man's passion for candy, the fate of independent candy makers, and the growth of big name candy manufacturers. The appropriately named Almond serves us a witty look at the candy industry.
Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
TX649.B668 A3 2000x
Known for his unflinching honesty and wry writing style, Tony Bourdain takes his readers inside the kitchens of America's restaurants as we follow him on his path to professional chef. Along the way, the reader encounters miscreants, drug-addicts, thieves, and illegal immigrants. And that is just the kitchen staff. Not for the feint of heart, Bourdain's memoir is at once disgusting, laughable, and poignant.
Anthony Bourdain
Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical
RA644.T8 B68 2001
Typhoid Mary cuts an infamous figure; a cook who killed with her dishes due to the typhoid present in her system. During her life she was pitied, reviled, and lampooned. Bourdain seeks to understand this tragic figure by both explaining the times se lived in, and by looking at her through the lens of a professional chef. Its an interesting story, but not one to be enjoyed while dining.
Rudolph Chelminski
The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
TX649.L65 C44 2005
In February 2003, Bernard Loiseau took his own life. This book examines the life of one of France's hottest chef's; his early years as an apprentice, his rapid rise to fame, and his relentless pursuit of a third Michelin star. Along the way, the French culinary tradition, is examined.
Susan Marks
Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America's First Lady of Food
TX649.C76 M37 2005
Betty Crocker was "born" in 1921. Betty grew into a icon of happy homes and domestic bliss. Women across the country turned to her in desparate need when cakes wouldn't rise, the Depression left them hungry, and rationing made baking a scientific feat. Later she became a pioneer of food science and pre-packaged foods. As much social history as biography Finding Betty Crocker is a well-written and thoroughly entertaining look at one of America's most beloved corporate icons.
Jacques Pepin
The Apprentice: My Life In The Kitchen
TX649.P47 A3 2003
Jacques Pepin is a famous author, teacher, and television persona; in short one of the most famous chefs in America. In this brisk memoir, Pepin chronicles the life that lead him there. At times, Pepin's luck and optimism are unbelievable, however his humble demeanour, earnest outlook and warm heart make him likeable.
Ruth Reichl
Garlic and Sapphires
TX649.R45 A3 2005
The New York Times food critic gets the royal treatment in any self-respecting New York City restaurant. But, how do regular people get treated? Ruth Reichl donned numerous disguises to find out and ended up learning not only about the industry but also about herself. Read her earlier book
Alan Richman
Fork It Over : The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater
TX652.9.R53 2004x
Richman is the long time food critic for GQ. As such, he has eaten his way across the country and sampled everything from cheesesteaks to foie gras. In this collection the reader is treated to a similar array written in Richman's unmistakably witty style. Rich and clever, Fork It Over should be enjoyed over numerous sittings.

Updated: 1/7/2010