The list author says: "My wish list of books on food and cooking is 4 pages long, but I'm working on it. As I read new reviews, I add to this listmania list, and as I buy and read the books, I change the wishes to comments. It's now at the 40 book max, so as I add new ones, I'm also removing the ones I like least (or haven't gotten around to reading after 2 years)."
"The story of how this author struggled to fit into her American life -- and the major role that food played througout her growing up. A really good memoir. (There are several editions: look for the best price!)"
"Too bad this book is so rare. When I finally obtained a copy I found it fascinating. The author (a non-Jew of Polish descent) interviewed Jews in Poland and Paris in the 1920s. An unusual view: without nostalgia that usually comes with food remembered from childhood, he takes a somewhat harsh view, but is very interesting."
"Her TV show about her family experiences makes me think this memoir would be a very interesting read -- the TV-show book, "Lidia's Italy" might also be good, but I would guess watered down. I'll read one of them -- and keep watching on PBS too."
"Oranges, lemons, ugli fruit, grapefruit, clementines, .... from the perspective of a chemist who likes technology as well as history. Early history is brief: the last 100 years predominate. Lots of good details."
"By the author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters" -- I like the approach of working in history, gastronomy, pop culture, and food chemistry within the story of one person learning to be a sushi chef. Great read."
"The LA Times summarized some of Betty Shimabukuro's Hawaiian favorites (she's co-author). Really interesting -- Hawaii is all fusion all the time. I wouldn't want to taste spam sushi, but it's fun to know about it!"
"This is a remarkable book, filled with insights into the human relationships within a gigantic institution and into Japanese cultural factors. Note: news stories just revealed that the market is now so famous it won't let any more tourists visit!"
"Another wonderful book: every event in her life includes spices! How can one person be a film star AND a REAL cookbook writer? This book is only about her childhood: maybe a sequel will answer the question."
"By the pastry chef who made my daughter's wedding cake: I gave her the book for her anniversary, and it's wonderful, though I think the recipes look impossible to do rather than just read and wish..."
"The big plus: the author's suggestions are really helping with weight loss! And also fun to read whether you need to lose weight or not: it's mostly about real research, not fake motivational garbage like so many diet books."
"Let's face it: the chapter about foraging for mushrooms and shooting a wild boar is silly. But it's in extreme contrast to the insightful studies of the American food supply chain in the other three chapters. Also don't miss "In Defense of Food""
"While I enjoyed much of The US of Arugula -- especially the early gossipy chapters, where his good-natured portrayals of flamboyant personalities were often really successful -- in the long run, I felt as if he promised a lot more than he delivered."
"This book consists of many small sketches by numerous authors. The descriptions are often of a single person who cooked something really special, and what this experience meant to the author. I'm a little skeptical of some of the recipes as the narrative suggests a much more exotic result than the recipe would give."