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 Post subject: Foodie Lit
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:43 pm 
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One of my favorite topics from the old BB. And my well has run dry. Anyone have any food-related books to recommend, other than cookbooks?
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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:59 pm 
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I just received this one for my birthday and it is really interesting (includes some recipes)
"Renewing America's Food Traditions ", Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered Foods, edited by Gary Paul Nabhan
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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
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There's a "cookbooks" topic, so I'm moving this thread there.

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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
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I wrote a long review of Pollan's Botany of Desire, and it never showed up here....aaack. Is it hiding somewhere in the ether Fuzzy?


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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
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I just finished "Eat, Memory, Great Writers at the Table." It's a collection of essays from the NYT and edited by Amanda Hesser. I've give it a B+, whic for me, means worth checking out from of the library but no worth buying. At the end of each essay is a recipe.

At Amazon you can have a look inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
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I'm waiting for this from the library: Immoveable Feast - A Paris Christmas by John Baxter. Here is the blurb:
A witty cultural and culinary education, Immoveable Feast is the charming, funny, and improbable tale of how a man who was raised on white bread - and didn't speak a word of French - unexpectedly ended up with the sacred duty of preparing the annual Christmas dinner for a venerable Parisian family. Ernest Hemingway called Paris "a moveable feast" - a city ready to embrace you at any time in life. For Los Angeles-based film critic John Baxter, that moment came when he fell in love with a French woman and impulsively moved to Paris to marry her. As a test of his love, his skeptical in-laws charged him with cooking the next Christmas banquet-for eighteen people in their ancestral country home. Baxter's memoir of his yearlong quest takes readers along his misadventures and delicious triumphs as he visits the farthest corners of France in search of the country's best recipes and ingredients. Irresistible and fascinating, Immoveable Feast is a warmhearted tale of good food, romance, family, and the Christmas spirit, Parisian style.

Sounds like a fun read, doesn't it? I'll let you know in a few weeks.
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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:16 pm 
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Lynn,

Umm .... no. I'm afraid you have a connectivity problem, and your post never made it to the board.

I take it you didn't save it anywhere?

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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
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Immoveable Feast is going to be a long wait, I'm 9th on the list for 2 copies of the book, so I just ordered these from my library and should be able to pick them up over the weekend: Laura Shapiro's "Perfection Salad", Reay Tannahill's "Food In History" and Jorge Amado's "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands".

Will let you know how these are.

Holly,
I also read Amanda Hesser's book and agree with your B+ rating.

Ilene,
I'll see if I can add your book to my library list. Thanks for that recommendation!

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I just read a review for The Man Who Ate the World by Jay Rayner....sounds fun...he is a London Restaurant Critic and this book reveals his adventures in the world's greatest restaurants.
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Nancy, All,

I just finished Kurlansky's latest, The Big Oyster. This is really more of a history of Manhattan from the 17th to the 19th centuries, but is very interesting in how much our eating habits and our perception of oysters as food has changed. Still, I'd read Salt or Cod first for somewhat more interesting history before turning to The Big Oyster.

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