Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Foodies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out!

This week’s theme? “Ten Books Every X Should Read.” I am really not a fan of those generalized recommendations for a population lists (in part, because it leads to ridiculousness like the Esquire “80 Books Every Man Should Read” including just one book by a female author). For me, book recommendations are too personal and individualized to decree that every person in X class or interested in Y topic should read these ten books. Yes, I know I’m probably taking this all too literally, but book recommending is serious business!

All that said, I love a good book list, so without further ado, ten books that every foodie should read. Or shouldn’t read. It depends.

10. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Because the title explains it all.

9. What to Drink with What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Because it’s not just about the food.

8. Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar by Jay McInerney. Because wine writing doesn’t have to be overblown and intimidating.

7. Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. Because it made me think about our relationship to plants differently.

6. Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures As Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford. Because it will make you hungry for pasta.

5. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain. Because as much as you might enjoy cooking, working in actual kitchen is sort of horrid.

4. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvetertant Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Because her writing about her childhood experiences with food are so evocative.

3. Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More than 75 Recipe by Mark Bittman. Because how and what we eat shapes the world around us.

2. Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh. Because how and what we eat shapes us, physically, emotionally, spiritually.

1.  Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days by James and Kay Salter. Because you need bite-sized nuggets of food writing to enrich your foodie life all year long.

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