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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.

June 16, 2007

Bookworm in the country

One of the original Ninecooks nine cooks, and the best salad dressing maker I know, Jessica lives in the town next to mine in northwest Rhode Island, and she's this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. An avid reader, Jessica, who works for a nonprofit organization, and her husband, a university librarian, bought their old farmhouse in part because it's directly across the road from the town library! Her improvisational cooking style spans all cuisines, including a recent interest in Korean cooking, and her vegetable and herb garden provides ample inspiration.

UPDATE. Jessica recommended:

  • A History of the World in Six Glasses
  • Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasues and Politics of Local Foods
  • Spice: The History of a Temptation
  • Sweets: A History of Candy
  • The Mammoth Cheese

Browse through the eclectic library of some previous Bookworm recommendations here.

NOTE: Since February, we've had a Bookworm in the Pantry every Saturday. As there are no more Bookworms waiting for a first turn at stardom, I'm going to publish a master list of all of the Bookworm recommendations next Saturday.

If your favorite reads are not on the list (and there are some surprising omissions), and if you've enjoyed this feature on The Perfect Pantry, why not be a Bookworm? If you've already had a turn as a Bookworm and would like to recommend five more of your favorite food-related non-cookbooks, I'd love to share your list.

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

June 9, 2007

Bookworm in the Lone Star State

Cooking by the Seat of My Pants is not just a state of mind; it's a wonderful, funny, free-range blog by Jerry, a professional web designer from Wichita Falls, Texas, who's this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. A 30-something father of six, married to an active-duty Air Force staff sergeant, Jerry loves to write, cook, and play the guitar. He learned to cook by reading The Joy of Cooking and Betty Crocker; then, he put down the books and began to wing it!

UPDATE. Jerry recommended:

  • American Diner Then and Now
  • Are You Really Going to Eat That?
  • The Day Everything Tasted Like Broccoli (Maximum Boy)
  • Food in History
  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'

Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here.

*As almost every Bookworm has had a hard time limiting the list to five books, I invite any past Bookworm to share another reading list of five books. Please send your list to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.

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