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My Life in France

My Life in France

by Julia Child

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Child's characteristically ebullient record of Paris and Provence, her many friends, family and memorable meals, in the years after WWII, turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (as husband Paul). (FRN596, $16.00)

Apricots on the Nile, A Memoir with Recipes

Apricots on the Nile, A Memoir with Recipes

by Colette Rossant

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rossant's zesty tale of waiting out WWII on the Nile in Cairo's Garden City with her father's extended Egyptian-Jewish family. With recipes. (EGY213, $12.00)

Untangling My Chopsticks, A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto

Untangling My Chopsticks, A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto

by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this beguiling memoir, Riccardi writes with verve of cultural encounters, bewilderment and discovery in Kyoto. If you've ever parted the drapes of a Japanese restaurant to face a room full of people and blank stares, you'll really appreciate the book. With 25 recipes for traditional and less traditional Japanese dishes. (JPN135, $19.00)

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

The Oysters of Locmariaquer

by Eleanor Clark

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 203 PAGES

Winner of the 1965 National Book Award, this paper edition of Clark's pleasurable portrait of the hardy oystermen and byways of coastal Brittany is introduced by Mark Kurlansky. (FRN152, $13.99)

Damascus, Taste of a City

Damascus, Taste of a City

by Marie Fadel | Rafik Schami

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

With the exiled novelist in Germany and his sister at home in Damascus, the two collaborated, largely by telephone, to create this evocative ode to the city, its flavors, wit and wisdom around a cultural-culinary walking tour. With many recipes, history, gossip and lore. (SYR13, $11.95)

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

by A.J. Liebling

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 182 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Liebling captures with stylish prose his coming-of-age in Paris in this elegant memoir, which is also a tribute to French cuisine. (FRN32, $15.00)

Climbing the Mango Trees, A Memoir of a Childhood in India

Climbing the Mango Trees, A Memoir of a Childhood in India

by Madhur Jaffrey

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An actress and food writer, Jaffrey combines her warm tale of coming-of-age in a sprawling homestead in Old Delhi with 32 recipes. (IDA327, $15.00)

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

by Christopher Bakken

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Bakken picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greece's greatest poets and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades in this lyrical account of adventures at the table and in the fields across Greece. (GRE517, $34.95)

 

A Cook's Tour, Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines


by Anthony Bourdain

  • FOOD
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

In this deliciously funny book, Bourdain eats his way around the globe on a quest for the perfect (or perfectly odd) meal. From fried Mars Bars in Glasgow to cobra hearts in Cambodia, there's nowhere this wise-cracking chef won't go and nothing he won't try. (TVL90, $14.99)

A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany

A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany


by Beth Elon

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A Tuscany resident for 30 years, Elon presents 100 recipes from a hand-picked selection of favorite restaurants in this charming cookbook and travel guide. With 10 itineraries highlighting largely undiscovered regions of Tuscany, restaurants, trattorie, shops, wineries, olive oil producers, markets and food festivals. (ITL729, $17.95)

A Life Uncorked

A Life Uncorked


by Hugh Johnson

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

Hugh Johnson weaves together anecdotes from his life experiences with wine in this entertaining and informative tour through the wine world. Organized as an autobiography, Johnson provides his expert perspective on the joy and fascination of wine around the world. (GEN360, $42.00)

A Stew or a Story, An Assortment of Short Works


by M. F. K. Fisher | Joan Reardon

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 364 PAGES

Essays on people, places -- and of course food -- mix with delightful fiction in this delectable Fisher feast. (TVL131, $15.95)

A Tiger in the Kitchen

A Tiger in the Kitchen


by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

In this thoughtful and delightful tale of culinary homecoming, Tan, a freelance writer in New York, attempts to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore during one Lunar Calendar year. (SGP24, $14.99)

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

Arabesque, A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon


by Claudia Roden

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

With 100 color photos of food, people and places, this enchanting cookbook by a leading authority is filled with not just subtle, simple recipes but also stories, culture and history. (MED99, $37.50)

Beyond the Great Wall

Beyond the Great Wall


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 376 PAGES

The globe-trotting duo weave tales of travel with contemporary politics, commentary, carefully documented recipes and stunning photographs for this sumptuous overview of the food and culture of Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Yunnan and other far-off regions of ethnically diverse China. (CHN475, $40.00)

Biba's Italy

Biba's Italy


by Biba Caggiano

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Caggiano focuses on regional, seasonal food in this omnibus cookbook (featuring 100 recipes), menu planner and travel guide to Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Venice. Nicely produced, this handsome sepia-toned book includes recommended restaurants, cafes and markets in each city. (ITL777, $29.95)

Blood, Bones & Butter, The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Blood, Bones & Butter, The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef


by Gabrielle Hamilton

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Chef/owner of Prune in New York's East Village, Hamilton recounts with candor and lyricism her unconventional, tough -- and, for the reader -- fascinating journey to chefdom, from an idyllic-then-troubled upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, through gritty jobs and mishaps in New York, to Europe and beyond. (USA451, $16.00)

Blue Trout and Black Truffles, The Peregrinations of an Epicure


by Joseph Wechsberg

  • FOOD
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Wechsberg, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Gourmet, writes with sly humor of glorious European food in the South of France, Austro-Hungarian delights and Czech sausage in this tasty collection, originally published in 1953. (EUR238, $17.95)

Choice Cuts, A Savory Selection of Food Writing from around the World and throughout History

Choice Cuts, A Savory Selection of Food Writing from around the World and throughout History


by Mark Kurlansky

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A witty collection, organized thematically, with a rich selection of writing by the likes of Liebling, MFK Fisher, Escoffier and Alice B. Toklas. (GEN253, $17.00)

Consider the Oyster

Consider the Oyster


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • FOOD
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 76 PAGES

The inestimable Fisher's ruminations on the oyster, a delightful essay full of recipes and bits of trivia. (GEN273, $12.00)

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers


by Jessica Theroux

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 250 PAGES

Theroux's tender culinary celebration brings together recipes, anecdotes and photographs of a dozen Italian grandmothers across Italy. Each chapter includes a map, essay, interview and (this is the best part) authentic recipes you'd actually want to make. (ITA193, $40.00)

Curry, A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

Curry, A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors


by Lizzie Collingham

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This cultural history with recipes is appetizingly organized as a menu (biryani, vindaloo, chai, etc.). Collingham explores the origins and spread of Indian food and the interplay between Muslim, Hindu, Portuguese and British traditions on the subcontinent. (IDA319, $16.95)

Food, The History of Taste

Food, The History of Taste


by Paul Freedman

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Editor Paul Freedman and diverse scholars celebrate the history and pleasure of food in this richly illustrated gastronomic study, illuminating gustatory pleasures and evolving culinary traditions from classical antiquity to modern restaurant dining. (GEN395, $39.95)

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

Mangoes & Curry Leaves, Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

In this latest book the roving, food-loving authors (Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Item SEA80) travel the seven countries of the Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, collecting not only 200 recipes but also engaging tales of the people, history and adventures. With color photographs of food and places throughout. (IDA320, $45.00)

Oaxaca al Gusto

Oaxaca al Gusto


by Diana Kennedy

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 460 PAGES

Diana Kennedy celebrates the diversity of the food, life and culture of Oaxaca in 300 exhaustively researched, authentic recipes. (MEX283, $60.00)

Pig Perfect, Encounters With Remarkable Swine And Some Great Ways To Cook Them


by Peter Kaminsky

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 291 PAGES

In this witty travelogue and culinary history, Kaminsky's quest for the perfect swine takes him from France and Spain to "pork-related" cities in the US, including Memphis and Louisville. He includes nine mouth-watering recipes, such as Country Ham Braised in Cider. (SPN495, $22.00)

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, A Sweet-sour Memoir of Eating in China

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, A Sweet-sour Memoir of Eating in China


by Fuschia Dunlop

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Dunlop writes with verve and flavor on her eating adventures in China -- including the time she tried snake stir-fry -- and includes recipes in this entertaining cultural portrait. (CHN509, $24.95)

South Wind Through the Kitchen, The Best of Elizabeth David

South Wind Through the Kitchen, The Best of Elizabeth David


by Elizabeth David

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

A selection of 200 recipes and travel essays from Elizabeth David's nine influential books, including Book of Mediterranean Food and French Country Cooking. (MED30, $29.95)

Spice, The History of a Temptation

Spice, The History of a Temptation


by Jack Turner

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • PAPER

Turner wonderfully evokes the romance, lust and mystery of pepper, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in this lively cultural history of spice. (GEN334, $17.00)

Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants

Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants


by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

  • FOOD
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

An intiguing cultural history of coffee and chocolate, spices, tobacco, spirits, drinking places and rituals, all presented with gusto. (GEN364, $16.00)

The Devil's Picnic, Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit

The Devil's Picnic, Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit


by Taras Grescoe

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An entertaining, enlightening journey through the world of forbidden pleasure from gum in Singapore to coca tea, bull's testicles, baby eels and Cuban cigars (in San Francisco). (TVL83, $14.95)

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A fat, judicious selection of M.F.K. Fisher's writings, which spanned a lifetime and chronicled adventures (culinary and otherwise) in France, Switzerland and Italy, on shipboard and in her native California. (CUL01, $21.95)

The Nasty Bits

The Nasty Bits


by Anthony Bourdain

  • FOOD
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Further outragous culinary adventures by the rogue chef and traveler, organized according to taste: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami -- Japanese for unfathomable. (WLD74, $17.00)

The Oxford Companion to Italian Food

The Oxford Companion to Italian Food


by Gillian Riley

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

This endlessly informative, indispensable guide, organized A-to-Z, covers dishes, famous chefs, history and culture, cooking methods and more. (ITL867, $17.95)

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life

The Spice Necklace, My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life


by Ann Vanderhoof

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Vanderhoof (An Embarrassment of Mangoes) is back aboard her sailboat in the Caribbean in these latest encounters with the characters and cuisine of the islands. She pairs lively accounts with 71 recipes she learned along the way. (CRB260, $14.95)

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food


by Adam Gopnik

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Gopnik's delectable social history traces America's "table ancestry" to 18th-century France, birthplace of modern taste and the restaurant. He also urges us not to forget the deeper value of what goes on around the table. (FRN968, $15.95)

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez

Traditional Moroccan Cooking, Recipes from Fez


by Claudia Roden | Madame Guinaudeau

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

First published in 1958, Madame Guinaudeau's charming guide to Moroccan cuisine explores the rich culinary traditions of Fez with anecdotes, recipes, drawings and chapters on everything from choosing spices and preserving lemons to the art of making and drinking tea. (MRC44, $17.99)

With Bold Knife and Fork

With Bold Knife and Fork


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This collection of memoirs from the prolific and beloved food writer M.F.K. Fisher includes recipes for over 140 dishes described with warmth and wit. (GEN553, $17.95)

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, A Memoir of Food and Longing

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, A Memoir of Food and Longing


by Anya Von Bremzen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The James Beard Award-winning writer brings her scarlet-blazed socialist past to life as she cooks and eats through every decade of the Soviet experience. (RUS505, $15.00)

The Spice Route, A History

The Spice Route, A History


by John Keay

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

John Keay draws on ancient logs, traveler's accounts and maps for this rousing history of trade in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, gums, resins and other costly goods from antiquity to the 17th century. (ASA52, $29.95)

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice


by Michael Krondl

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving travel and history, Michael Krondl writes of a world where pepper, cinnamon and cloves were as valuable as gold -- and Venice, Lisbon and Amsterdam jockeyed for global control of the spice trade. (EUR279, $16.00)

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France


by Georgeanne Brennan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES
  • FAVORITE
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Marvelously frank about daily chores and the decidedly unglamorous business of raising goats and pigs, Brennan lards her earthy tale of the rural life with recipes, one per chapter. (FRN687, $15.95)

As They Were

As They Were


by M. F. K. Fisher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This marvelous collection of autobiographical essays by the celebrated, much-adored Fisher covers her life, family, food and adventures from Whittier, California to the south of France. (FRN705, $16.00)

Barolo

Barolo


by Matthew Gavin Frank

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Rich in details of village life of the Piemonte, Frank's witty tale of six months camped out in the garden of the Pittatore farm in Barolo (pop. 646) will transport you to the Italian countryside. You'll want to accompany this irresistible tale with a generous glass of red wine, and perhaps some ham. If you find youself dreaming of a trip to Italy, the Salone del Gusto, celebrating artisanal food, runs October 25-29 in Turino. For the flavor of the book and a receipe, we suggest a visit to matthewgfrank.com. (ITA297, $17.95)

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, My Adventures in Life and Food

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, My Adventures in Life and Food


by Moira Hodgson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Hodgson recalls far-flung places and great meals in this memoir of a peripatetic childhood and an eventful life in food. With recipes. (TVL496, $16.00)

No Reservations, Around the World on an Empty Stomach


by Anthony Bourdain

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

A companion to Bourdain's popular Travel Channel show, this behind-the-scenes journal is packed with photographs, advice and spirited commentary. (GEN403, $34.95)

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town

On Rue Tatin, Living and Cooking in a French Town


by Susan Herrmann Loomis

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

A talented chef with winning prose, Loomis dedicates her memoir to Louviers and its inhabitants "for making room for us." With 50 Norman recipes throughout. (FRN308, $16.00)

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey


by Robert V. Camuto

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region. (ITA205, $18.95)

The Language of Baklava

The Language of Baklava


by Diana Abu-Jaber

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

In this evocative culinary memoir, the Jordanian-American novelist recalls growing up with her gregarious, homesick Jordanian father, who cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection to his children. With one recipe per chapter. (JRD22, $15.95)

Like Water for Chocolate


by Laura Esquivel

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This lovely novel uses elements of magical realism to portray themes of family, duty, sacrifice love and freedom. (MEX37, $15.00)

The Mango Season

The Mango Season


by Amulya Malladi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

A marvelously evocative novel of life in South India, in which the prodigal daughter returns home. The pleasure and importance of food in the novel (which includes recipes) underscores the tension between modern and traditional. (IDA257, $15.00)

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