Were you the kind of kid who did her summer reading right away, or did you put it off until the last minute?
I was the latter, if I
finished started the book at all. I loved reading in elementary school, but something happened when the stack of books I had to read piled up high, and the stack of books I wanted to read grew dusty on the back of my shelves. I loved reading in elementary school, rarely read in middle and high school, and thankfully, grew to love reading again.
Which brings us to this summer.
We have a couple of trips on the calendar, and I have a growing list of books I’m dying to read. Lately, I’ve been loving cookbook/memoirs by food writers. You know, the ones that tell the story of a dish, with recipes at the end of each chapter? I have no idea if there’s a name out there for them yet, but they seem to be everywhere. They remind me of a food blog taken to the next level. Here are my faves.
I stumbled across this one completely by accident, before I knew anything about Amanda Hesser, her work at NYT, and Food52. And I loved it. You can tell this is a woman who gets food, and who understands its importance in bringing people together.
This is the best book I’ve read recently, and my first real experience with David Lebovitz. I have a copy of The Perfect Scoop, but if you check out my summer list, you’ll know why it remains untouched. Reading all about how someone falls in love with a country through not only the quirks of its people, but also through its food was delicious. Lebovitz’s writing is so natural, you just want to pull a chair up right next to him and make some gooey chocolate dessert together.
Now I’m in the middle of this one, by Bonny Wolf. My husband and I were at Eastern Market on a random Sunday in May, only to find a local authors book fair going on. Since I just missed getting a copy of The Good Stuff Cookbook signed, I started browsing and happened on this. Bonny’s book reminds me of someone narrating an old family cookbook, one recipe at a time.
What’s on your reading list, dear readers?