Entertaining (and Calorie-free) Culinary Memoirs

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These highly entertaining culinary memoirs are informative, at times hilarious, and always calorie-free.

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen

by Laurie Colwin

I found this book in a used bookstore, and became bound and determined to read everything that Laurie Colwin had published. Her books have such a friendly, conversational style I always felt like I was talking to a friend about food over drinks at my kitchen table. Sadly, Laurie Colwin passed away at the age of 48 in 1992. Read her books about food. You will thank me.

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Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

by Julie Powell

I can remember reading Julie Powellís blog, and thinking what a fabulous, crazy idea-to make all 524 recipes from Julia Childís Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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This book also appears on What New Yorkers Read on the Subway

 
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

by Anthony Bourdain

The eloquent, humorous, profane, tell-it-like-it-is Bourdain came to international attention with this tell-all book.

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My Life in France

My Life in France

by Alex Prud'Homme, Julia Child

I donít think I can say anything about this wonderful book except that it is about Julia Childís life in France, and itís written by the inestimable Julia Child.

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Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon

Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon

by M.F.K. Fisher

Out of all of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisherís books, this is by far my favorite. Ms. Fisherís prose is so evocative I felt transported to 1930s France.

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Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Baseball

Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Baseball

by Molly O'Neill

Nice memoir written by a former columnist from the New York Times and the author of The New York Cookbook.

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

by Ruth Reichl

Restaurant critic Ruth Reichl (Gourmet Magazine and the New York Times) weaves this laugh-out-loud tale of how she came to love food. I have a friend who isnít a foodie, but loves memoirs and autobiographies, and she loved this one.

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The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food

by Judith Jones

I love how the author organized her family history around food. You will fall in love with her family: the great-grandfather that brought pastrami to America, her funny aunts and her father who closed his garment district restaurant in 1988. An enjoyable read.

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