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What's your favorite non fiction cooking novel?

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Posted on May 25, 2012 2:56:19 AM PDT
Mdm says:
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town

On Rue Tatin by Susan Loomis! Such an inspirational account of the beginnings of her life in France and the cooking she started up here. She has kept writing and has a cookery school business too....and I ended up moving to France too!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 7:53:06 AM PDT
M. Grotzky says:
Good choice. I have that and some of her other books and failed completely to think of it for this list. Thanks for the reminder.
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In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:29:24 AM PDT
M. Grotzky says:
I got this when it was nearly new and really loved it and the charming illustrations. The articles in Gourmet by Lillian Langstreth Christian were similar -- one was about her father's composed salads and there was one about Balkan food. Some of these old books and articles stand out because there were so many fewer of them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:58:20 AM PDT
M. Grotzky says:
I think people don't choose Fast Food Nation because they think it will be preachy or boring (or both). It's fun to read. Here are people trying out new ideas in food production and marketing -- I wanted to cheer them on -- and then there are the end results -- successful beyond their greatest dreams -- and seriously harmful in far more ways than I had guessed. I learned a lot, got a lot to think about, and was never bored.

If you want the other side, try The Pleasures of Slow Food by Corby Kummer, which is almost as much fun to read and makes moving on to a better stage of food production seem like a glorious mission for all of us.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 9:12:05 AM PDT
M. Grotzky says:
I've just reread the entire discussion. What a lot of good ideas and wonderful books. In the same vein as On Rue Tatin is At My French Table by Jane Webster. This is another family restoring another house and learning to live in France. It's also one of the prettiest food related books I've seen, and food books are knowing for being stunning. There are recipes for each season -- not many, but carefully chosen.

Another book I have loved for years is The Picnic Gourmet, by Joan Hemingway and Connie Maricich -- if you've lived long enough and been reading cookbooks most of that time, this is like a combination of fantasy and time travel. It really is a cookbook but the early part contains menus and stories, and, like Father Was a Gourmet, some very lovely dated drawings. I've cooked from this and liked the results.

Posted on May 25, 2012 5:36:24 PM PDT
H. Koon says:
You might try "Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America" by Jonathan Dixon.
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