Food Books for Summer Reading from the James Beard Foundation

By Laura B. Weiss

Here’s a way to get your food fix and still fit into your bikini. Instead of devouring food, devour books about it.

The just-released James Beard Foundation’s Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers is a list of memoirs, history, and fiction for food lovers to consume during the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There’s oldies but goodies–like a title from M.F.K. Fisher–and new culinary writing standouts like the gripping account of the interface between food and war, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, by Annia Ciezadlo.

The List:

  1. The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher (John Wiley & Sons)


  1. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling (North Point Press)


  1. Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House)


  1. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo (Free Press)


  1. A Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Picador)


  1. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler (Scribner)


  1. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee (Twelve)


  1. Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford (Vintage)


  1. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin (Vintage)


  1. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (Vintage)


  1. Oranges by John McPhee (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)


  1. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark (Ecco Press)


  1. Simple Cooking by John Thorne (North Point Press)


  1. The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)




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