When you can’t be in the kitchen cooking, sometimes it’s just as fun to relax with a great book, and for those who love food why not go for a read that pairs good writing with good eating. A great story that captures your heart as much as your stomach can be a thrilling read. There is more to learn in a foodie book than just ingredients and recipes because so much of food is about the history, culture and stories behind the creating and making of delicious dishes.
Womensforum's Great Foodie Non-fiction Books will leave you salivating late into the night. Happy reading!
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
The cheese mentioned in the subtitle of this book is no small character in comparison to the deep love, allegations of betrayal and the plotted revenge. It is a very special cheese produced in rural Spain by a man who was famous amongst even kings and queens. The author spent a decade writing this book and you won’t be disappointed.
Will Write for Food: A Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More by Dianne Jacob
Perhaps you’re looking to turn your love of food and/or drinks into a career? This is a great place to start. Jacob offers you the advice and tools you need to get your voice out there and heard. A good read for anyone that wants to write a cookbook, become a restaurant critic, food photographer, blogger, and more.
The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes that made the Modern Cookbook by Anne Willan (with Mark Cherniavsky and Kyri Claflin)
When James Beard award winner Anne Willan, founder of La Varenne Cooking School, teamed up with her husband Mark Cherniavsky, antiquarian cookbook collector, they created a beautiful book charting the history of cookbooks. I have never seen a book like this before. With beautiful illustrations, you are time traveling through centuries with this couple as they reveal to us the origins of the cookbook, as we know it today. Included are 40 historical recipes and a close look at life as it revolved around the kitchen from 1474 to 1830. A fun read for the history buff in us all!
Any book written by Peter Mayle
Mayle is probably most well known for his first book, A Year in Provence, which details his adventures as a British expatriate making a new life in small town France in the 1980’s. But you won’t go wrong with any of his other books as well. They are all a delight to read. Other books include: Tourjours Provence, Acquired Tastes, The Vintage Caper, and French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew.
Julia & Julia by Julie Powell
Want a more relaxing read with many amusing tidbits? Then I suggest this fun page-turner. You may have seen the movie, which is also great. But the book includes more of the food information you just might be looking for. In this book Julie Powell cooks every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One in one year. Her trials and tribulations, her work, her marriage and her sanity are all tested to the limit.