Best Books: Food and Cook Books

Man do I love food. And I love cooking. I am what you would call a foodie. Therefore, it makes sense for me to include a food version of the Best Books list. If you enjoy food nearly as much as I do, you might appreciate this list.

Surprisingly, I have not read very many of these. I loved Animal Vegetable Miracle, enjoyed The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and pretty much liked Julie and Julia. And now I am dying to read not only Anthony Bourdain’s food memoir, but also his novel (!?). Babette’s Feast is one of my favorite movies, so I am looking forward to reading that one as well as re-reading The Joy Luck Club. I will admit that Harry Potter was in my mind the whole time I was making the novels list and finally, there it was, with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ulysses. Huh. (I also had my own novel, Benevolent, in my mind, and the character of Melodie.)

Memoirs at the top, followed by novels and then cookbooks.

Food Memoirs

  • Cooked, Michael PollanYES CHEF
  • Yes, Chef, Michael Samuelsson
  • Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
  • The Physiology of Taste, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • The Man Who Ate Everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Steven Sherrill
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  • Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
  • Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton
  • A Long Finish, Michael Dibdin
  • Judgement of Paris, George M. Taber
  • Eating with the Pilgrims and Other Pieces, Calvin TrilinBLOOD BONES AND BUTTER
  • An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, Elizabeth David
  • Heat, Bill Buford
  • Toast, Nigel Slater
  • The Table Comes First, Adam Gopnik
  • Blood, Bones, and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Delights and Prejudices, James Beard
  • Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichi
  • A Pig in Provence, Georgeanna Brennan
  • Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, Fuschia Dunlop
  • Climbing the Mango Tree, Madhur Jaffrey
  • My Life in France, Julia Child
  • A Devil in the Kitchen, Marco Pierre WhiteTIGER IN THE KITCHEN
  • The Art of Eating, M.F.K. Fisher
  • Julie and Julia, Julie Powell
  • The Feast Nearby, Robin Mather
  • A Tiger in the Kitchen, Cherly Lu-Lien Tan
  • Untangling My Chopsticks, Victoria Abbott Riccardi
  • Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin
  • Honey from a Weed, Patience Gray
  • Born Round, Frank Bruni
  • Animal Vegetable Mineral, Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Jennifer B. Lee
  • The Supper of Lamb, Robert Farrar Capon
  • The Unprejudiced Palate, Angelo PellegriniGASTRONOMY OF MARRIAGE
  • The Gastronomy of Marriage, Michelle Maisto
  • Tails of Crumbs, Kim Sunee
  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, Kathleen Flinn
  • Four Kitchens, Lauren Shockey
  • The Apprentice, Jacques Pepin
  • The Raw and the Cooked, Jim Harrison
  • Spilling the Beans, Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • A Homemade Life, Molly WIzenberg
  • I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Giulia Melucci
  • The Sweet Life in Paris, David Lebovitz
  • Shucked, Erin Byers Murray52 LOAVES
  • 52 Loaves, William Alexander
  • Blue Trout and Black Truffles, Joseph Wechsberg
  • Eating for Britain, Simon Majumdar
  • Living in a Foreign Language, Michael Tucker
  • As They Were, M.F.K Tucker
  • My Kitchen Wars, Betty Fussell
  • My Life from Scratch, Gesine Bullock-Prado
  • Mostly True, Molly O’Neill
  • Save the Deli, David Sax
  • The Year of Eating Dangerously, Tom Parker Bowles
  • The 100-Mile Diet, J.B. MacKinnonFRESH OFF THE BOAT
  • Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang
  • Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
  • The Telling Room, Michael Paterniti
  • Blue Plate Special, Kate Chistensen
  • Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin
  • Alice, Let’s Eat, Calvin Trillin
  • California Dish, Jeremiah Tower
  • When French Women Cook, Madeliene Kamman
  • Between Meals, A.J. Leibling
  • The Gastronomical Me, M.F.K. Fisher
  • Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, Jenni Farrari-AdlerALONE IN THE KITCHEN WITH AN EGGPLANT
  • Service Included, Pheobe Damrosch
  • Cooking for Mr. Latte, Amanda Hesser

Food Fiction

  • The Belly of Paris, Emile Zola
  • American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  • One Hundred Foot Journey, Richard Morais
  • The Alienist, Caleb Carr
  • Gourmet Rhapsody, Muriel Barbery
  • A Moveable Feast, Ernest HemingwayA MOVEABLE FEAST
  • The Last Chinese Chef, Nicole Mones
  • Ham on Rye, Charles Bukowski
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • The Lost Art of Mixing, Erica Bauermeister
  • The Girls Guide to Love and Supper Clubs, Dana Bate
  • The Dinner, Herman Koch
  • Tattoo, Manuel Vasquez Montalban
  • An Evil Eye, Jason Goodwin
  • Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Eli Brown
  • The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen
  • The Passionate Epicure, Marcel RaouffHIGH BONNET
  • St. Burl’s Obituary, Daniel Akst
  • The Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester
  • High Bonnet, Idwal Jones
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
  • Babette’s Feast, Isaak Denison
  • Chef, Jaspreet Singh
  • The Flounder, Gunter Grass
  • Mistress of Spices, Chitra Divakaruni
  • Kitchen, Bannan Yashimoto
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
  • Eat Cake, Jeanne RayMY YEAR OF MEATS
  • My Year of Meats, Ruth Ozeki
  • The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
  • The Discovery of Chocolate, James Runcie
  • The Cupcake Queen, Heather Hepler
  • Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris
  • In the Kitchen, Moica Ali
  • Mangoes and Quince, Carol Field
  • Liquor, Poppy Brite
  • Blue Plate Special, Frances Norris
  • World of Pies, Karen StolzWORLD OF PIES
  • Chocolat, Joanna Harris
  • Bone In the Throat, Anthony Bourdain
  • Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
  • The Cuttlefish, Maryline Desbiolles
  • Pomegranate Soup, Marsha Mehran
  • Debt to Pleasure, John Lanchester
  • Heatburn, Nora Ephron
  • Pow!, Mo Yan
  • The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
  • Ulysses, James JoyceBOOK OF SALT
  • John Saternall’s Feast, Lawrence Norfolk
  • Redwall, Brian Jacques
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel, Francios Rabelais
  • The Devil’s Larder, Jim Crace
  • Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Cooking with Fernet Branca, James Hamilton-Patterson
  • The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood
  • Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
  • Edible Stories, Mark Kurlansky
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  • The Food of Love, Anthony CapellaWHITE TRUFFLES IN WINTER
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • White Truffles in Winter, N.M. Kelby
  • Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust
  • Saturday, Ian McEwan
  • La Cucina, Lily Prior
  • The Food Chain, Geoff Nicholson
  • The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman
  • Lives of Notorious Cooks, Brendan Connell
  • The School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermeister
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll
  • Goodbye, Columbus, Philip RothFELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkein
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • Appetite, Philip Kazan
  • The Chef’s Apprentice, Elle Newmark
  • Crescent, Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
  • Hunger, Jane Ward

Cookbooks

  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb PerelmanSMITTEN KITCHEN
  • Baking, Dorie Greenspan
  • How to Bake, Nick Malgieri
  • The Flavor Thesaurus
  • Super Natural Cooking, Heidi Swanson
  • *The Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rambauer
  • Martha Stewart’s Hor d’ouvres Handbook, Martha Stewart
  • *Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child
  • Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi
  • English Food, Jane Grigson
  • Ready for Dessert, David Leibovitz
  • How to Cook Everything, Mark BittmanYEAR IN MY KITCHEN
  • A Year In My Kitchen, Skye Gyngell
  • New Cookbook Gifts from the Kitchen, Better Homes and Gardens
  • *Whole Grain Baking, King Arthur Flour
  • *The New Book of Middle Eastern Food, Claudia Roden
  • The 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook, Fannie Merritt Farmer
  • *Authentic Mexican, Rick Bayless
  • All About Braising, Molly Stevens
  • One Spice, Two Spice, Floyd Cardoz
  • Land of Plenty, Fucshia Dunlop
  • *American Cookery, James Beard
  • *Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, Marcella Hazan
  • 1000 Indian Recipes, Neelam BatraESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN
  • La Guide Culinaire, Escoffier
  • The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, Peter Berley
  • The Essential Cocktail, Dale Degroff
  • Recipes for a Small Planet, Ellen Buchman Ewald
  • *Classic Indian Cooking, Julie Sanhi
  • Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Coin
  • Catalan Cuisine, Colman Andrews
  • The Virginia Housewife, Mary Randolph
  • The Calcutta Kitchen, Simon Parkes
  • The New York Times Cookbook, Craig Claiborne
  • Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Andrea Nyguen
  • Southern Table, Frank StittSOUTHERN TABLE
  • 1080 Recipes, Phaidon
  • Bouchon, Thomas Keller
  • Thai Food, David Thompson
  • *Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison
  • The Art of Mexican Cooking, Diana Kennedy
  • French Provincial Cooking, Elizabeth David
  • The Art of Simple Food, Alice Waters
  • Cradle of Flavor, James Oseland
  • Louisiana Kitchen, Paul Prudhomme
  • The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen, Paula Wolfert
  • Fire and Spice, Joyce Westrip
  • The Breath of a Wok, Grace YoungBREATH OF A WOK
  • Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant, Moosewood Collective
  • The Gift of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis
  • An Invitation to Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey
  • The Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus Sameulsson
  • Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux?, Marcella Bienvenu
  • My Kitchen In Spain, Janet Mendel
  • The Silver Spoon, Phaidon
  • Great Dishes of the World, Robert Carrier
  • Sichuan Cookery Fuchsia Dunlop
  • Thai Food, David Thompson
  • Roast Chicken and Other Stories, Simon Hopkinson
  • Kitchen Diaries, Nigel SlaterKITCHEN DIARIES
  • The Book of Jewish Food, Claudia Roden
  • The French Menu Cookbook, Richard Olney
  • *Momofuku, David Chang
  • Opera Dell’Arte del Cucinare, Bartemelo Scappi
  • The Handmade Loaf, Dan Lepard
  • With Bold Knife and Fork, M.F.K. Fisher
  • Catalan Cuisine, Colman Andrews
  • Action Cookbook, Len Deighton
  • Indian Vegetarian Cookery, Jack Santa Maria
  • How to Eat, Nigella Lawson
  • French Cooking in Ten Minutes, Edouard de Pomaine
  • On Food and Cooking, Harold McGeeON FOOD AND COOKING
  • The Independent Cook, Jeremy Round
  • Mediterranean Seafood, Alan Davidson
  • Plats du Jour, Patiance Gray
  • *The River Cottage Meat Book, Hugh Fernley-Wittingsall
  • La Cuisine Gourmande, Michel Guerard
  • Japanese Cooking, Shizuo Tsuji
  • The Greens Cookbook, Deborah Madison
  • The Cook’s Companion, Stephanie Alexander
  • Pork and Sons, Stephanie Reynaud
  • Keep It Simple, Alastair LittleCLASSIC CHINESE COOKBOOK
  • Moro, Sam and Sam Clark
  • Les Secrets of the Mere Brazier, Roger Moreau
  • Classic Chinese Cookbook, Yan-Kit So
  • Traditional Spanish Cooking, Janet Mendel
  • The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cooking, Auguste Escoffier
  • Nose to Tail Eating, Fergus Henderson
  • The Four Seasons Cookery Book, Margaret Costa
  • Good Things in England, Florence White
  • The Rice Book, Sri Owen
  • A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, David Tanis
  • English Seafood Cookery, Rick SteinPLATTER OF FIGS
  • Jamie’s Italy, Jamie Oliver
  • The Constance Spry Cookery Book, Rosemary Hume
  • The Complete Robuchon, Joel Robuchon
  • Delia’s Complete How to Cook, Delia Smith
  • Chez Panisse Menu Book, Alice Waters
  • 101 Classic Cookbooks, The Fales Library

My Own Additions to Cookbooks

  •  Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi
  • The Just Bento Cookbook, Makiko Ito
  • The Thousand Recipes Chinese Cookbook, Gloria Bley MillerJUST BENTO COOKBOOK
  • 660 Curries, Raghavan Iyer
  • Martha Stewart’s Cookies, Martha Stewart Magazine
  • The Sweet Book of Candy Making, Elizabeth LaBau
  • Veginomicon, Isa Chandra Muskowitz
  • Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono
  • The New Midwestern Table, Amy Thielen
  • The Smoothies Bible, Pat Croker
  • The Kimchi Chronicles, Marha Vonderichten
  • Serious Barbeque, Adam Perry Lang
  • The Craft of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff
  • The French Laundry Cookbook, Thomas Keller
  • Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Jeff Hertzberg
  • Polish Classic Recipes, Peter ZeranskiPIE
  • The Complete Book of Greek Cooking, Recipe Club of St. Paul’s Church
  • Pie, Ken Heidrich
  • The Irish Pub Cookbook, Margaret M. Johnson
  • The German Cookbook, Mimi Sheraton
  • Irish Traditional Cooking, Darina Allen
  • Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolengi
  • Good Eats complete collection, Alton Brown
  • Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, Moosewood Collective
  • Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry, Janet Podleski
  • In the Kitchen, Greene on Green, and anything else Bert GreeneLOCAL FLAVORS
  • Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
  • Local Flavors, Deborah Madison
  • World Vegetarian, Madhur Jaffrey
  • The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, Beth Hensperger
  • Home Cheese Making, Ricki Carrol
  • Pok Pok, Andy Ricker
  • Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree
  • The Book of Tapas, Simone Ortega
  • Gran Cocina Latina, Maricel E. Presilla
  • Smoke and Pickles, Ed Lee
  • The Cuban Table, Ana Sofia Palaez
  • Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina Garten
  • The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Ina Garten
  • Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina Garten
  • Barefoot Contessa At Home, Ina Garten
  • Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten
  • Anything by Bert Greene
  • LEON: Naturally Fast Food, Vincent and Dimbleby (and the rest of the fast-growing series)
  • The Southerner’s Cookbook, Garden and Gun
  • Foster’s Market Favorites, Sara Foster
  • The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

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