You guys, I’ve read four foodie-ish books lately – two fiction and two memoir. A couple were good, and a couple were great! You definitely don’t need to be interested in food or cooking to enjoy most of these, so check them out!
I loved this book, you guys! I read it in one sitting because I absolutely had to see where things were going – and then, how they’d turn out. Ruth Reichl is known for writing memoirs, and this is her first published novel. It’s pretty dazzling! It switches back and forth between past and present – starting with Billie, working in a really cool old mansion that used to house a prominent food magazine. In the past, during World War II, famous chef James Beard is corresponding with a young girl who takes her mind off worrying about her father off at war by obsessing over the best way to cook with rations. There is romance, intrigue, mystery – and several really cool reveals! I adored every single piece of the puzzle and will totally be recommending this far and wide.
This book is totally kooky. The main character, known as Monocle, is having more trouble breaking into the London literary scene than he expected, so he grabs a job at a gastro-pub to pay the rent. His co-workers are a bunch of complete weirdos, some in a good way (and some not so much). There is also a deadbeat dad and a local crime lord in the mix…
This book actually doesn’t have a lot of plot – it’s mostly just the hilarious exploits of the kitchen crew. I mean it guys: hilarious. If you don’t mind a heaping helping of raunchy, crazy British humor? Pick this up posthaste!
This is a memoir about a couple starting a pizza restaurant in Seattle. It might not sound that thrilling if you’re not interested in that kinda thing, but it’s pretty darn good! Molly Wizenberg has a really laid-back and enjoyable writing style; it was like listening to a story about friends by a friend. From finding the perfect venue to the right recipes to the marital discord, it all felt incredibly personal. Definitely recommended for memoir fans, interested in food or not.
This is probably the only book on this list I’d say to steer clear of if you don’t care about food. Like, you should probably be the type of person that watches Food Network constantly regardless of whether you actually plan to cook any of the things the chefs are making. This book chronicles a day in the life of a sous chef – that is literally the entire contents of the book. From details about the way the cold storage is organized to the various types of knives different chefs use to how daily specials are created. I enjoyed it, but it probably isn’t for everyone.