15 thoughts on “What we are reading in December

  1. As a non-cooking-person, I’m glad that the category of “food” does not mean recipes. I’ll be checking out Dottie’s list of suggestions to decide.what I’ll read to suggest in December.

  2. I’m rereading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s not at all an easy read but does make me think about that next bite…. Of course, I’m probably also going to be reading the Pioneer Woman blog and cookbook just for a little balance!

  3. I read two exceptional books about food recently: An Extravagant Hunger (new bio of MFK Fisher by Anne Zimmerman), and Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, an astounding chef memoir.

  4. If you need some suggestions for food books, Jeremy has a display of possible titles on the second floor of the library–all available for check-out. Please visit!

  5. I have read (am reading) two books that aren’t really about food at all but that deal with environmental issues that would have enormous impacts on food supplies. One is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell that moves from the past to the future, imagining what the effect might be if materialism destroys the environment. The other is Barbara Kingsolver’s latest. Her last book – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was all about food. She and her family moved from the southwest to Appalachia where farming was a possibility and spent a year committed to eating nothing that hadn’t been produced within 100 miles – most of it produced by them – and writing about it with her husband and older daughter. Her new book, Flight Behavior is about climate change and while it isn’t the subject of this book, the impact on food supplies is both unknown and likely to be immense.

    See – I told you that we were very broad in our subject definitions.

  6. I have been very clear that reading books about food doesn’t necessarily mean they are cookbooks but that doesn’t mean that reading cookbooks isn’t a perfectly acceptable choice. I used to work with a man who told me one day that I wasn’t going to believe this but his wife actually read cookbooks in bed. I kept waiting for the part I wasn’t going to believe because I do it all the time. And – although I certainly don’t need another cookbook and the number of recipes available on line appears to be approaching infinite – I bought another cookbook. I mentioned earlier that I enjoy the food blog – Smitten Kitchen with Deb Perelman. She has a new cookbook that is showing up on every “best cookbook of 2012″ list I have seen and the pressure finally became too great. Called – The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – no surprise there.

    It’s a really good cookbook – lots of details and workarounds if you don’t have the equipment or don’t like one of the ingredients and she has a funny story with each of the recipes. Highly recommended (and I am only half way through)

  7. Here’s a shout out for my niece Rose’s cooking blog:

    http://ourladyofsecondhelpings.com/

    Rose’s entries are a joy to read as she shares her philosophy of life, and adventures in cooking and motherhood. Her recipes are easy and delicious-take it from a lazy cook who loves good food!
    I admit I enjoy reading about food more than actually preparing it. In that light I can recommend a very amusing book I read a few years ago-She Flew the Coop by Michael Lee West. It’s told through the eyes of several characters in a Louisiana town. I loved how it was sprinkled with recipes, as if cooking were an elixir for their troubles.

  8. The December 3 issue of The New Yorker is the food issue. I am still working my way through but there is an interesting article on a rogue chef who once prepared a 40 course meal to celebrate a 40th birthday and a funny article by Calvin Trillin called Land of the Seven Moles

  9. I’d recommend Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence”, it’s a combination travel and food book with great descriptions of the food he ate at restaurants and dinner parties in his new home town.

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