Book recommendations please?

Having enjoyed the last book I read so much (thank you Tony) I thought I might throw open the comments here for some books recommendations.  Non-fiction please, and food/drink topics are always welcome.  What have you read recently and enjoyed a lot?

14 Comments

  1. McGee On Food & Cooking (Harold McGee) is providing a nice challenge, as well as a good insight into both the history and chemistry of milk.

    Haven’t had enough time to get properly stuck in, but enjoying it so far.

  2. The Brewmaster’s Table by Garrett Oliver is one of the best food/drink books I’ve read in the past year. Oliver is the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and has a real love for the history and brewing of beer. The book covers the basics of brewing, the history of major beer styles and regions, brand recommendations, and food pairings. His writing has an infectious enthusiasm. The one negative side effect of reading this book is that it always made me very, very thirsty.

  3. I’ll second McGee’s “On Food and Cooking”. Its become quite a bible for some. Phillips’ “Wild Food” is cool if your into that kinda stuff. Dunno though.

  4. One of my favorite books is:
    Stiff
    The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    by Mary Roach
    It’s strange, and dry, and witty. I love it. And to add an additional twist, if you read it know that I, myself, have cadaver bone in me!

  5. The Omnivores Dilemma. Michael Pollan.

    Read it and change the way you eat forever. It’s horrific.

    On a lighter note: 1421, the year china discovered the world by Gavin Menzies. It’s intelligent, fascinating and blows the nuts out of most of what you were taught at school about world discovery.

  6. Darn it, just read your footnotes in the previous article and see you’ve already read The Omnivores Dilemma.

    I’ll repeat your recommendation to anyone else watching…. READ IT!

  7. a quick little read by Andrew Murray, a South African (educated in Scotland), entitled “Humility”. While not directly culinarily related, it does shed light on being more ‘fruitful’. An easy read for the second hour of your transglobal flight :)

  8. Just finished reading “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” by Christopher Hitchens. Thumbs up.

  9. I realize this is an old post.. but maybe you’re still looking for some book suggestions on this topic? :)

    I used Ninja Picks and got the following recommendations:
    In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – by Michael Pollan
    The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World – by Michael Pollan
    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) – by Barbara Kingsolver
    Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education – by Michael Pollan
    Fast Food Nation – by Eric Schlosser
    What to Eat – by Marion Nestle

    half the suggestions are by Pollan.. but I guess if you like one of his books, you’re more likely to like the rest. I’ve probably had Omnivore’s Dilemma on my bookshelf since you posted this… one of these days I’ll get around to reading it.

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