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1janglen
Feb 11, 2010, 3:31am

Does anyone have suggestions for good foodie biographies? I have recently enjoyed Nigel Slater's Toast, and Ruth Reichl's books.

2justjim
Edited: Feb 11, 2010, 5:23am

Voyage Gastronomique by Lillian Langseth-Christensen. A by-gone era of luxury and gastronomy. Simply fascinating.

If you can't find the book, sample some of her contributions to Gourmet magazine from the late 1950s.

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3lilithcat
Feb 11, 2010, 9:14am

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, by Judith Jones was most enjoyable. Jones was Julia Child's editor.

4janglen
Feb 27, 2010, 10:33pm

Thanks for the suggestions - I'll definately hunt around for those titles.

5weaponxgirl
Mar 8, 2010, 5:15am

how about the alice b toklas cookbook for recipes along with stories from another time. I love this book.

6CarolO
Mar 8, 2010, 5:26am

I enjoyed French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle and if wine falls into the 'foodie' category then I would also suggest Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage by Dorothy J. Gaiter

7mstrust
Mar 8, 2010, 1:59pm

I love CandyFreak- the author travels all over America in search of people who still make almost forgotten candies.

8varielle
Jun 2, 2010, 12:01pm

Anything by or about M.F.K. Fisher is generally great. On my TBR pile is Poet of the Appetites.

9dajashby
Jun 2, 2010, 6:14pm

I've got (actually two copies, inherited one from my mother) Bloody Delicious, the story of Joan Campbell, the long-time food editor of Australian Vogue. Fascinating. And with recipes.

I very much enjoyed Toast. It's like Angela's Ashes, one of those childhood memoirs where the story is told from the kid's perspective, resulting in a certain amount of humour when the adult narrator understands what's happening better than the child narrator.

10cmbohn
Jun 3, 2010, 11:47am

I just finished Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World. It wasn't quite as broad in its scope as the title makes it sound, but it was a really interesting read. It made me hungry for potatoes, too!

11Bcteagirl
Jul 23, 2010, 11:36pm

I just saw Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times in my feed.. it sounds very good, has anyone here read it?

12cmbohn
Jul 27, 2010, 11:12pm

I haven't read that one. I finished Salt: A World History this month and thought it was great.