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12 Food Memoirs Everyone Should Read!

By Kelsey Banfield |

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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!

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12 Food Memoirs Everyone Should Read!

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “12 Food Memoirs Everyone Should Read!

  1. Lacy says:

    Don’t forget Blood, Bones, and Butter! It’s fantastic!

  2. Nicole says:

    Starting to think I need to branch out in my reading. I have read all of these books as well. I was just looking at my bookshelf and I have to say I would have a real hard time narrowing the list down to 12. I have to agree with Lacy that Blood, Bones, and Butter would be in my top five. Also, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle would have to be there. The best food memoir I have read in the last couple of weeks is Mamam’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan.

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