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... Read more →

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... Read more →

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. Read more →

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... Read more →

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... Read more →

One half of the creative team behind Cookthink, a terrifically smart blog that focuses on basic ingredients, equipment and techniques, Brys Stephens is this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. After law school and a brief stint as a law clerk, Brys worked in sales and marketing for American Premium Beverage (a major wine distributor in the Southeast) and later in PR and viticultural management for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A native of Alabama, he now blogs and cooks in Washington, DC. UPDATE. Brys recommended: Second Nature A Moveable Feast Salt Adventures on the Wine Route The Food of France (Waverly Root) Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here. We'll have a new Bookworm every Saturday, at least through mid-June. *As almost every Bookworm... Read more →

Cooking is easy and oh-so-democratic, as in anyone can do it, according to Shannon of Simply Cooking, this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. Shannon writes her fun-loving, recipe-oriented blog in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. She's an enthusiastic home cook by night, and an information systems development manager for a nonprofit organization by day. And, like all Bookworms, she's an avid reader! UPDATE. Shannon recommended: Blue Jelly: Love Lost and the Lessons of Canning The Soul of a Chef Pot on the Fire The Botany of Desire The Tummy Trilogy Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here. We'll have a new Bookworm every Saturday, at least through mid-June. If you've already been a Bookworm but would like to share another reading... Read more →