Weekly Book List: Week 32 (Food Memoirs)

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain

A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business, and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors. (641.5092 BOU)


My Life in France / Julia Child

A memoir begun just months before Child’s death describes the legendary food expert’s years in Paris, Marseille, and Provence and her journey from a young woman from Pasadena who cannot cook or speak any French to the publication of her legendary Mastering cookbooks and her winning the hearts of America as “The French Chef.” (921 CHILD)

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvernent Education of a Reluctant Chef / Gabrielle Hamilton

The chef of New York’s East Village Prune restaurant presents an account of her search for meaning and purpose in the central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour, and the opening of a first restaurant. (641.5092 HAM)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life / Barbara Kingsolver

Follows the author’s family’s efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet. (641.0973 KIN)


Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness / Sasha Martin

Over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook–and eat–a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her rough-and-tumble childhood and the lossand heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. (641.5092 MAR)

The Feast Nearby: How I Lost My Job, Buried a Marriage, and Found My Way by Keeping Chickens, Foraging, Preserving, Bartering, and Eating Locally (All on $40 a Week) / Robin Mather

Following the loss of her job and marriage, Mather retreated to a small cottage in rural Michigan and committed to eating as much locally sourced, home-cooked food as possible. To maximize her budget, she shopped frugally, incorporated food preservation into her regular routine, and stocked her pantry well. She details the delights and challenges of her project, peppering her essays with memories, facts, and lush descriptions of Michigan wildlife. (641.552 MAT)

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti / Giulia Melucci

A Brooklyn-based publicist’s account of her relationships gone awry, and the food that sustained her through it all. (641.5092 MEL)


Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously / Julie Powell

The author recounts how she escaped the doldrums of an unpromising career by mastering every recipe in Julia Child’s 1961 classic, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” a year-long endeavor that transformed her life. (921 POWELL)


Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise / Ruth Reichl

The editor-in-chief of “Gourmet” recounts her visits to some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, both as herself and as an anonymous diner in disguise, to offer insight into the differences in her dining experiences. (641.5092 REI)


Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage / Molly Wizanberg

A popular food blogger and her husband open a Seattle pizzeria, testing the limits of their marriage in the process. (641.5092 WIZ)

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