Books for Foodies are my favorite non-recipe books about food, dining, and the enjoyment of cooking. I’ve learned as much from these books as any cookbook. These books changed the way that I think about the experience of dining and eating. I found my for cooking in the pages of these books.
The Art of Eating – M.F.K. Fisher: This is hands down my favorite “foodie” book. Every cook should read this book. She helped me develop a new appreciation for the art of dining and the celebration of food. Every time I open this book, I can’t put it down.
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain: This is a classic. It provides a glimpse into restaurant work in a way that is raw and edgy. It makes you appreciate the hard work that goes into food service. It might be slightly embellished, however, it goes give you a good look into the life of a chef.
The Soul of a Chef – Michael Ruhlman: This book provides a glimpse into life of a culinary student at the Culinary Institute of America. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting because I absolutely loved it. In the end, it made me want to go to culinary school. I immediately read Kitchen Confidential and I realized that I me happier as a home cook.
32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line – Eric Ripert : Eric Rupert tells his life story in this book about is childhood and journey to become one of the world’s most celebrated chefs.
My Life in France – Julia Child: If you are a Julia Child fan, this is a must read book. Julia documents her time in France where she immersed herself in french culture and cuisine.