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September 3, 2007

Bookworms in the Pantry 2007

Imagine my surprise when, back in February, I discovered Bookworms in my pantry. It started with one -- my friend Marcia, who lives up the road -- and spread from Rhode Island to The Philippines to Michigan to Washington DC to Wisconsin, to North Carolina, to England ... well, it turns out that there are bookworms everywhere! To date, more than twenty Pantry readers have shared their favorite reads.

Each Bookworm recommended five food-related non-cookbooks to add to our collective library. On this list you'll find Michael Pollan and Julia Child, of course. Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. Calvin Trillin, Nigel Slater, Lewis Carroll, MFK Fisher, Kermit Lynch, Dr. Seuss. There's something for everyone.

More or less alphabetically, here's the entire list to date (books mentioned more than once are indicated in parentheses). UPDATED 9/22/07.

  • A Cordiall Water, by MFK Fisher
  • A History of the World in Six Glasses, by Tom Standage
  • A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman
  • Adventures on the Wine Route, by Kermit Lynch (2)
  • Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: the Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution, by Thomas McNamee
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
  • American Diner Then and Now, by Richard J.S. Gutman
  • The Anatomy of Dessert, by Edward Bunyan
  • Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard (includes "Babette's Feast), by Isak Dinesen
  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, by Barbara Kingsolver (2)
  • An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, by Elizabeth David
  • Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses, by Isabel Allende
  • Are You Really Going to Eat That? Reflections of a Culinary Thrill Seeker, by Robb Walsh
  • The Art of Eating, by MFK Fisher (2)
  • Back Story (and the Spenser mystery series), by Robert B. Parker
  • Becoming Whole: The Story of My Recovery from Breast Cancer, by Meg Wolff
  • The Belly of Paris, by Emile Zola
  • The Big Oyster, by Mark Kurlansky
  • Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, by Sarah-Kate Lynch
  • Blue Jelly: Love Lost and the Lessons of Canning, by Debby Bull
  • Blue Trout and Black Truffles, by Joseph Wechsberg
  • The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong
  • The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
  • Bread Alone, by Judith R. Hendricks
  • Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf, by Susan Mansfield Taber
  • The Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites, by Beverly Bundy
  • Chocolat, by Joanne Harris (2)
  • Cod, by Mark Kurlansky (2)
  • Comfort Me with Apples, by Ruth Reichl (2)
  • Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasure and Politics of Local Food, by Gary Naban
  • Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life, by Michael Lee West
  • Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jabar
  • The Day Everything Tasted Like Broccoli (Maximum Boy #02), by Dan Greenburg
  • The Dead, by James Joyce
  • The Debt to Pleasure, by John Lanchester (2)
  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, by Jennifer Traig
  • The Devil's Larder, by Jim Crace
  • Dictionnaire Gastronomique, by Bernard Luce
  • Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
  • Eating Between the Lines: The Supermarket Shopper's Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels, by Kimberly Lord Stewart
  • Extra Virgin, by Annie Hawes
  • Extremely Pale Rosé: A Very French Adventure, by Jamie Ivey
  • Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser
  • Fat Land, by Greg Critser
  • Feeding a Yen, by Calvin Trillin (2)
  • Floyd in the Soup, by Keith Floyd
  • Food in History, by Reay Tannahill (2)
  • The Food of France, by Waverly Root
  • French Lessons, by Peter Mayle
  • From Here You Can't See Paris, by Michael S. Sanders
  • Garlic and Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl (4)
  • The Gastronomical Me, by MFK Fisher
  • The Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
  • Gluten-free Girl, by Shauna James Ahern
  • Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
  • Havana Salsa, by Viviana Carballo
  • Her Fork in the Road, edited by Lisa Bach
  • The Hills of Tuscany, by Ferenc Mate
  • Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, by Laurie Colwin
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman
  • Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio
  • In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child
  • Kitchen Confidential: Notes from the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Kitchen Diaries, by Nigel Slater
  • La Cucina, by Lily Prior (2)
  • The Land was Everything, by Victor Davis Hanson
  • The Life of Hunger, by Amelie Nothomb
  • Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel (2)
  • The Magic of Provence, by Yvonne Lenard
  • The Mammoth Cheese, by Sheri Holman
  • The Man Who Ate Everything, by Jeffrey Steingarten
  • The Measure of Her Powers: An MFK Fisher Reader, by MFK Fisher and Ruth Reich
  • The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (2)
  • Monsieur Pamplemousse series, by Michael Bond
  • The Mortdecai Trilogy, by Kyril Bonfiglioli
  • Mostly True, by Molly O'Neill
  • Murder Al Fresco, by Nadia Gordon
  • My Life in France, by Julia Child
  • The Nasty Bits, by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
  • On Food and Cooking, by Harold McGee
  • On Persephone's Island, by Mary Taylor Simeti
  • On Rue Tatin, by Susan Hermann Loomis
  • One More Day, by Mitch Alborn
  • The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark
  • Oranges, by John McPhee
  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin', by Paula Deen
  • The Physiology of Taste, or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy, by Brillat-Savarin
  • Pomegranate Soup: A Novel, by Marsha Mehran
  • Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of MFK Fisher, by Joan Reardon
  • Pot on the Fire, by John Thorne
  • Road Food, by Jane and Michael Stern
  • Salt, by Mark Kurlansky
  • Second Nature, by Michael Pollan (2)
  • The Secret Life of Lobsters, by Trevor Corson
  • The Seven Silly eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman and Marla Frazee
  • The $64 Tomato, by William Alexander
  • The Short Stories of Saki, by HH Munro
  • The Soul of a Chef, by Michael Ruhlman
  • Spice: A History of Temptation, by Jack Turner
  • The Supper of the Lamb, by Robert Farrar Capon
  • Sweets: A History of Candy, by Tim Richardson
  • Take Big Bites, by Linda Ellerbee
  • Talking with My Mouth Full, by Bonny Wolf
  • Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl (2)
  • The Tequila Worm, by Viola Canales
  • Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  • Toast, by Nigel Slater (2)
  • Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, by Theodore Bestor
  • The Tummy Trilogy, by Calvin Trillin
  • Typical American, by Gish Jen
  • The Van, by Roddy Doyle
  • Vie de France, by James Haller
  • Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries), by Andrea Camilleri and Stephen Sartarell
  • The Way Life Should Be, by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Whole World Over, by Julia Glass (2)
  • We Could Almost Eat Outside: An Appreciation of Life's Small Pleasures, by Philippe Delerm
  • Why We Eat What We Eat, by Raymond Sokolov
  • Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food, by Leslie Miller
  • The World is a Kitchen, edited by Susan Brady and Michele Anna Jordan
  • The Zen of Fish, by Trevor Corson

Something missing? Big gaping hole on the bookshelf? A few favorites you'd like to add?

If you'd like to be a Bookworm in the Pantry, start here.

September 1, 2007

Bookworm in a northwest pantry

One of my favorite writers, Tea of Tea & Cookies, recently moved to Seattle, and her stunningly beautiful and eloquent blog has brought her readers along on the journey as she discovers new food, new places, and new people. A skilled photographer and gentle storyteller, a writer and editor by profession, Tea tells the stories of food, and life, and farms, and family, and neighbors, and how they all intertwine in the ways that count. Visiting her blog is, really, like taking a tea-and-cookie break with an old friend: restorative, thought-provoking, always a treat. She's this week's Bookworm in the Pantry.

UPDATE. Tea recommended:

  • Gluten-free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back ... and You Can Too
  • The Book of Salt
  • The Hills of Tuscany
  • The Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France
  • The World is a Kitchen: Cooking Your Way Through Culture

Would you like to be a Bookworm in the Pantry and add to our collective library of good reads?

Start here.


July 21, 2007

Bookworm across the pond

On All the Best, Ronda, this week's Bookworm in the Pantry, lets us in on all of her favorite things and people from the worlds of interior design, food, fashion, travel, and books. An ex-pat Texan now living in the UK, she's a fundraiser and a mom, married to a professor. When they had the opportunity to move overseas to work and travel in Europe, they jumped at the chance. Ronda's blog is fun and quirky; one day you'll read about green tea ice cream, the next day espadrilles or antique furniture or dinner with friends or a trip to Spain.

UPDATE. Ronda recommended:

  • Apricots on the Nile
  • Extremely Pale Rose: A Very French Adventure
  • My Life in France
  • Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life
  • The Kitchen Diaries

Would you like to be a Bookworm in the Pantry and add to our collective library of good reads?

Start here.

July 7, 2007

A new Bookworm? Oui, oui!

A French professor from New York, Mary of Ceres & Bacchus is this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. Her beautiful blog, which she started last Fall, reveals Mary's passion for literature, history, travel, food, family, and France. She's put in some time working in restaurants, but says she really learned to cook from the women in her life: her mother, grandmothers, aunts and neighbors. Her husband, Erik, helps by eating all of the dinners she prepares and photographs -- and he's designed her site, too. Currently on sabbatical in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mary spends her time researching and writing, and, lucky for us, she's blogging, too. Be sure to read Mary's eloquent essay about why she recommends these particular books.

UPDATE. Mary recommended:

  • We Could Almost Eat Outside: An Appreciation of Life's Small Pleasures
  • Dictionnaire Gastronomique Francais/Anglais - Dictionary of Gastronomic Terms French/English
  • The Life of Hunger
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • The Belly of Paris.

(Mary recommends a new translation of The Belly of Paris that's coming out later this year; you can pre-order here.)

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry and add to our collective library of good reads? It's fun and easy. Start here.

June 30, 2007

A Bookworm's additions

After she perused last week's Bookworm list, Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook noticed a few gaps. Her blog features beautiful photography and interesting recipes from all around the globe, and her reading list is just as eclectic as her cooking.

UPDATE. Susan recommended:

  • Road Food
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Fat Lane: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry and add to our collective "library" of good reads? Start here.

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