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Old 01-08-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Books about cooking but not cookbooks

What 'classic' books around food have I not read/bought. Here's a short list of a few I treasure: Please add any you'd recommend.
AB's Kitchen Confidential
Orwell's Down and Out In Paris and London
Nicolas Freeling's The Kitchen Book and The Cook book
Waverly Root's The Food of France
A.J. Liebling's Between Meals
Zola's The Belly of Paris
J. Pepin's The Apprentice
Ludwig Bemelman's 'Hotel Bemelman' is a must read. It's hilarious. His other book 'La Bonne Table' is my 'White Whale'. I've been looking for it in used book stores and swap meets and garage sales for years. "Why not just buy one off Amazon?". Because a new one is listed at $450.00 and a used one is $229.00. Does anyone have this book? If so is it worth the money?

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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A couple of years ago I told family and friends I wasn't going to get many more recipe books as I had several hundred and only use them for reference. After the total shock wore off, my sister gave me a book for my birthday from The America's Test Kitchen. It has tips, stories, and much more. Yes there are recipes, but it is the background that I love.

Since then I have received, to name just a few:
-three Julia Child books
-Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
-The "Ace of Cakes" book detailing the bakery and the show
-Several cake "picture books"
and my favourite:
-Culinaria: Spain - a huge table book with info on each region and it's culinary treasures (with a few recipes thrown in!)

People say they really enjoy this because they really look to see something that interests me and they get something out of it too!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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Since it's really not a recipe book, I'll chime in with one I love - The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It tells which flavors go with which, and it has been the spark that has ignited many a recipe for me :)

PS: Puffin - this is a GREAT topic! Thanks for thinking of it!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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Since it's really not a recipe book, I'll chime in with one I love - The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It tells which flavors go with which, and it has been the spark that has ignited many a recipe for me :)

PS: Puffin - this is a GREAT topic! Thanks for thinking of it!
JKath, I will definitely have to check that one out! And I agree, Puffin, thanks for this one!
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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A couple of my favorites:

- "Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal" by Margaret Visser. Each chapter describes the history and development of an ingredient that goes into an "ordinary meal": corn with butter and salt (each in a separate chapter); chicken; rice; lettuce with olive oil and lemon juice; and ice cream.

- "Heat (An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany" by Bill Buford. He quit his job as a writer for the New Yorker to go to work in Babbo, Mario Batali's restaurant in New York. Eventually, he decides to go to Italy to learn to make pasta and butcher a pig. Funny book.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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-Culinaria: Spain - a huge table book with info on each region and it's culinary treasures (with a few recipes thrown in!)

I love the Culinaria Books. I have 6 or 7 of them and I can read them from cover to cover again and again.


I'll add Michael Ruhlman's books to the list. Especially his first one about the CIA.

Heat is an excellent book (mostly about Mario Batali)

Ruth Reichl's books are great, especially the one about being a food critic in NYC.

Jeffrey Steingarten's books are both entertaining and facinating. I was reading one while having lunch in NYC a few years ago and voila he was standing there right in front of my table! He winked at me!

Robert Wolke's What Einstein told his Cook books are great reads.

"How to Read a French Fry," and anything by Shirley Corriher and/or Harold McGee are very informative.

Calvin Trillin has some great food books.

IMO, everyone should read Michael Pollan's books about food, where it comes from and how.
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I love the Culinaria Books. I have 6 or 7 of them and I can read them from cover to cover again and again.
I would love to get more. My friend gave me this one knowing how much I love Spanish food and culture. I will have to look for the others! Thanks!
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I would love to get more. My friend gave me this one knowing how much I love Spanish food and culture. I will have to look for the others! Thanks!
Before they went belly up there was a Borders in first floor of my office building. They had discount bins in the doorways.

I can't recall which one I got first, but it was only maybe $5 and it was spectacular. I think it might have been Spain which is my favorite.

So I kept snooping in the discount rack and lo and behold Italy, Germany and France popped up! The Southeast Asia!

I bought Russia and Hungary at regular price.

I think htere are a few more to collect...

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I checked them out at our Chapters/Indigo site and they have them all. I want every one of them! I love Spain but would really like the others as well. They are already on my "wishlist"!
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Ludwig Bemelman's 'Hotel Bemelman' is a must read. It's hilarious. His other book 'La Bonne Table' is my 'White Whale'. I've been looking for it in used book stores and swap meets and garage sales for years. "Why not just buy one off Amazon?". Because a new one is listed at $450.00 and a used one is $229.00. Does anyone have this book? If so is it worth the money?
Is this what you're looking for?

LA Bonne Table by Ludwig Bemelmans (Paperback): booksamillion.com
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