Victoria’s May Recommendation

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

life from scratchRead a sample here!

It was a culinary journey like no other: 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 loss and 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. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother, to a string of foster homes, to the house from which she launches her own cooking adventure, Marin’s heartfelt, brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal–and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within. – from publisher

Blaise’s June Recommendation

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

tender at the boneIf you are a fan of memoirs, you should read this book.  Reichl is funny and thoughtful as she writes about how she came to love food and cooking and those who shaped her life.  A well-known food writer, Reichl has been restaurant critic for both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, as well as editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine.  Tender at the Bone is her first memoir, she has published 3 additional titles, the most recent coming out in 2009.  You can find out more about Ruth at  Don’t read Tender at the Bone on an empty stomach though because it will make you hungry…although recipes are included!

Three Similar Reads:

French Lessons by Peter Mayle

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

Julie an Julia by Julie Powell

Dorothy’s January Recommendation

Born Round : The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni

“A hilarious and touching memoir from New York Times restaurant critic, Bruni traces the unlikely path to his profession and offers a searingly honest exploration of this lifelong struggle with food”.

Also available for download as ebook and audiobook.  The audiobook is read by the author.

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Stephanie’s December Recommendation

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

“In this new edition by NY Times food writer, best selling author and one of Time Magazine’s  100 Most Influential People for 2010, Michael Pollan is very interesting , entertaining and has added the amazing and funny illustrations by  Maira Kalman. Kalman’s work has become famous through her art essays appearing in the NY Times, such as “And the Pursuit of Happiness”. A very human, very humorous compendium of wit  and wisdom about the culture and enjoyment of food.  My favorite “rule” is #2: Don’t Eat Anything Your Great Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize as Food”.

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Garrett’s November Recommendation

Steak by Mark Schatzker

“A travel and food journalist recounts his year long journey around the world in search of the tastiest steak.  Schatzker’s book is a heartfelt, forthright, and entertaining look at modern feedlots and corporate production, steak culture, and the highs and lows of grassfed beef.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 641.662 SCH.

Joanna’s November Recommendation

Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten

“As I prepare for the upcoming holiday season, I am always daunted by what to serve or what to bring to holiday parties.  This season a new cookbook by Ina Garten will help any home cook plan their holiday menus.  Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips includes many simple and easy to make appetizers, salads, entrees, and deserts.  If you haven’t checked out Garten’s other cookbooks give those a try as well.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 641.5 GAR.

Stephanie’s June Recommendation

Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

“This is the latest in the great series of “Eat This, Not That” books by David Zinczenko. This book has it all in a compact little volume that is worth the space on your kitchen counter. Recipes are short, to the point, fix in about 30 minutes and give you both a picture of the finished dish, a comparison restaurant version–and the startling savings you get by making your own: in calories and $$. Other cool features packed into this chunky little book:mini-lessons on cooking techniques (I’m a long-time cook, and I’ve learned things!), special tips on great brands to buy, strategies for saving $$ by making simple alterations in recipes, ratings of foods on healthiness: find out which common foods are the good,the bad, and just plain food porn!  This book will get you back in the kitchen cooking, and getting slim, while your wallet gets chubby. I really recommend it!”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 613.2 ZIN, in with the new books.