Feasting on food in the kitchen, the library, and life.
Oh my goodness Christmas is TOMORROW!!
I am sure this won’t come as a shocker for most of you, but I love to read. I love books. All books, tons of books, new books with their new book smell and old books with their deliciously musty old book smell.
For Christmas this year I asked for a great deal of food memoirs and foodie literature, not to mention the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook.
I can’t wait to see which ones I end up receiving, but for now I actually have four novels that have been sitting on my bookcase, just waiting to be devoured once the semester ended.
The first, a classic must-read for any aspiring food writer, is M.F.K. Fisher’s Gastronomical Me.
You may remember my post on the Preface of this memoir, which has managed to pull me out of all those moments of despair, when the dream of becoming a food writer seemed impossible. If the Preface could work such magic, I can’t wait to see how the whole work comes together to discuss food’s importance in our lives.
Next on my Christmas reading list is The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Clairborne and the American Food Renaissance.
This is one of the newest books on my list, and having bought it in the summer when it came out, I have to admit I’m a tad ashamed I haven’t had time to read it yet. Apparently, Craig Clairborne was instrumental in the culinary revolution that I find so intriguing, and “had such a profound and enduring impact on a huge swath of American culture” (Danny Meyer).
This third novel I merely stumbled upon as a suggested read on Amazon after ordering Fisher. Mimi Sheraton’s Eating My words: An Appetite For Life had me at the title.
Ms. Sheraton is a veteran food critic, and her memoir is sure to be not only inspriing, but also illuminating to a reader such as myself. Hopefully not as illuminating (or dream crushing?) as Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential though.
Finally, and I don’t care if you tell me the movie was awful or this and that, I will be reading Eat. Pray. Love. I am no judge of “good” or “bad” food literature, and to me a memoir about food is always worth a shot.
Not to mention Italy, India, and Indonesia sound like lovely places for a memoir to take place, so I shall be living vicariously though Ms. Elizabeth Gilbert this winter break. ;)
Hopefully I’ll have so many more book reviews come 2013 – and these four will be just the beginning!