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My 5 Favorite Foodie Books

My 5 Favorite Foodie Books
This is my bookcase filled with food story books and cookbooks.
This is my bookcase filled with food story books and cookbooks.

If you’re a foodie and you like to read, these are my five favorite books for foodies. Mind you, these are not cookbooks, but stories by chefs about their journeys with food. No matter what country I’m in, I connect with the food through people and hearing their stories about the role food has played in their lives. I also love to read stories from chefs as it’s a terribly demanding and often unrewarding profession.

1. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking Schoolby Kathleen Flinn
This book is truly one of my all-time favorites, probably because it has always been my dream to study at Le Cordon Bleu. The author so descriptively writes of the grueling expectations of culinary school and the incredibly hard work these aspiring chefs put into it.


2. Yes, Chef: A Memoirby Marcus Samuelsson
I’ve followed Marcus Sameulsson for some time and have always been intrigued by his culinary style. I bought this book on audiotape to listen to on a long driving trip and it kept me enthralled for the entire trip. He talks of his early days in Ethiopia, then Sweden and finally arriving in New York. He  also tells of the grit of working in kitchens around the world and the rigid discipline that’s necessary.


3. Massimo Bottura: Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chefby Massimo Bottura
You know my love for Italy and Italian food. I got interested in this book after watching the “Chef’s Table” documentary series in which Massimo Bottura was featured. His life in Italy sounded fascinating to me so I ordered the book. I’ll admit, this is more like an encyclopedia so I haven’t made it all the way through the book yet. 


4. My Life in Franceby Julia Child
I’m not sure this book really needs an introduction. This book is her memoir of those early days in France when she knew little about food but she shares some rather humorous stories about learning what would become her legacy.


5. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Lineby Michael Gibney
I’ve often said, “If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now (not sure what that is), I would’ve been a chef.” So I’m fascinated at life in a professional kitchen and this book covers the harrowing 24 hours of a sous chef in an exhaustingly interesting setting.


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