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12 Food Memoirs Everyone Should Read!

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I adore reading all kinds of books and, not surprisingly, food memoirs are one of my favorites. I love the style of people recording their life experiences and pairing them with wonderful recipes. I am proud to say I’ve read every single one of the memoirs listed here. In fact, I’ve read several more than these, but these are a few of my true favorites. I highly recommend that you treat yourself to a volume or two, you’ll get them just in time for summer reading!


  • Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser 1 of 12
    Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
    This charming memoir chronicles Hesser's relationship with her now husband as they date, and eat, their way through New York. The recipes like Easy Oven-Fried Chicken and Chocolate Dump-It Cake pitch-perfect family food that are still part of my regular rotation.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz 2 of 12
    The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
    As an American pastry chef in Paris, David's hilarious take on French life is not to be missed. The recipes range from accessible sweets like Dulce de Leche Brownies and savories like Glazed Pork Loin, to more complicated pastries such as...
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  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Restaurant Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl 3 of 12
    Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Restaurant Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
    If you've ever wanted to know how a restaurant critic operates, read this book. Now that I've read it, I always question the obnoxious woman in the restaurant to my left; is she really the New York Times restaurant critic in disguise?
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard 4 of 12
    Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
    Set in Paris like Cooking for Mr. Latte, Lunch in Paris tells the author's story of being wined and dined by her French boyfriend until she finally agrees to marry him. Their dating jaunts, combined with Bard's initiation into French cuisine, makes this a charming tale that is not to be missed. The recipes range from simple weeknight meals like Eggplant Stuffed with Quinoa and Beef Braised with Red Wine, to Parisian entertaining classics like Chocolate Souffle Cake and Profiteroles.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Spoon Fed by Kim Severson 5 of 12
    Spoon Fed by Kim Severson
    This deeply felt memoir details Severson's encounters with eight specific well-known cooks, including the then up-and-coming Rachel Ray, and how they helped her through difficult periods in her life.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • My Life in France by Julia Child 6 of 12
    My Life in France by Julia Child
    I personally never tire of stories about Julia Child, and this charming memoir captures the wonder and whimsy of her life in France. By the end, it is easy to see how Julia fell in love with such a charming country and how it influenced her for the rest of her life.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci 7 of 12
    I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci
    It is OK if the romance goes south as long as there is good food involved. This author is like the Bridget Jones of foodoirs. The adorable book shares many delicious recipes like Teriyaki Pork Loin, Pear Cake for Friends with Benefits, and Big Apple Muffins paired with some not-so-delicious relationships.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • The Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser 8 of 12
    The Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser
    Pre-Mr. Latte Amanda cooked in France for a year. Reading this book is like getting a peek under the tent of life in a real French chateau. This tome is complete with seasonal recipe like Grilled Chicken with Tarragon for June, Cherry Tomato and Oregano Salad for August, and Leeks with Softened Canned Tomatoes for January, and a quirky French gardener!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes 9 of 12
    Under the Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes
    I feel about Italy the way many feel about France. Part of these feelings, I believe, are due to this book, which I've reread nearly a half dozen times. After leaving her marriage, Mayes impulsively moves to Italy and embarks on an enlightening journey - complete with plenty of wine!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg 10 of 12
    A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
    Told by one of the first bloggers to write a memoir, this charming volume details Molly's life post-college, including the unlikely way she met her husband (via her website). The recipes are fantastic for families, especially the Ratatouille and Pesto with Zucchini Noodles, and are seasonally based. Do not - I promise you - miss her chocolate cake recipe. She even served it at her wedding!
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 11 of 12
    Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
    My now-husband gave me this book when we were dating in New York City. Bourdain's razor-sharp wit makes the story about his journey to becoming a chef truly hilarious. Even funnier, and perhaps concerning, is the truth about what goes on daily behind the scenes at restaurants.
    Get this book on Amazon.com
  • The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin 12 of 12
    The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin
    A true classic, this Calvin Trillin trilogy is simply not to be missed. Many of his best essays are included in this archive, all served up with his trademark charm and New York sarcasm.
    Get this book on Amazon.com


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