Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

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This topic is right up my (Lori) alley! I love food. I love reading about food. I love making food. I love eating food. I'm surprised I'm not 84,000 lbs.

1.  Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan--This book is basically what it seems on its face: a comedian rhapsodizing on food. Yes, I think the American diet is horrible, but you can't deny that most Americans love their food. :)

2.  Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days by James Salter and Kay Salter--The book is divided into 365 short entries, one for each day of the calendar year. Each entry has a note about entertaining or recipes or a variety of food related topics that helped make me a better cook and hostess.

3.  An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler--Filled with essays on food, this book forever changed the way I make scrambled eggs and boil pasta.

4.  Heartburn by Nora Ephron--Ths novel describes the end of Ephron's marriage to Carl Bernstein. It also contains a few recipes by Ephron, a known foodie.

5.  Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell--I loved this book! I love how Powell used cooking to change her life and pull herself out of a major rut. It's one I think of whenever I get a little blah about my life.

6.  Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook--This cookbook has so much yes. Full of amazing southern style recipes, it added a fantastic tweak to my already near-perfect fried chicken recipe and gave me my chili recipe (which has needed very few tweaks over the years). Highly recommend.

7.  100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life--This is my go-to cookbook whenever I know someone getting their first apartment. It has everything. Yes, the recipe titles might be a little strange or creepy (Let's Make a Baby Pasta? Seriously? But it is damn good pasta, with a nice kick of spice!). It's very budget-friendly and has so many recipes that I always recommend it.

8.  Made in Italy by Giorgio Locatelli--I first heard of this cookbook in one of those celebrity reading lists. It's a huge book, with a pretty good-sized price tag, which kept me from purchasing it for quite a while. I finally found a good used copy. :) It is full of food porn and for that I love it.

9.  Audrey at Home: A Kitchen Table Biography by Luca Dotti--What a wonderful idea for a biography! Hepburn's son compiled photographs, details, and recipes that say so much about the beloved actress and humanitarian. I love the idea of using someone's favorite foods to tell their story! If anyone ever writes a biography about me, this is how I want it to be done!

10.  To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Phillip Greene--A book of alcoholic recipes related to the novels and stories of one of my favorite authors? Yes, please!

Honorable Mentions:
Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker--I haven't read it yet, but it sounds fun.
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford--I love Italian food. Probably more than I should. This sounded like a good read.
Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food by Megan Kimble--I've started and stopped this one a few times. Sometimes it delves a bit more into the science than I am really interested in knowing, but I love the idea of using my dollars to make a statement.



  1. #7 looks like a lot of fun!
    My list: http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2017/10/take-ten-yummy-foodsrestaurants.html

  2. I'm unfamiliar with all of these, but YAY for a Julie and Julia cookbook feature. :)

    - Rissi @ Finding Wonderland
    Top Ten Tuesday October 17

  3. I loved the movie about Julie & Julia - does that count?

    1. PS the linky doesnt appear to be working atm :-)

    2. Sorry! Technical glitch! Just fixed it. :)

  4. I love the sound of the Audrey Hepburn one!

    Mine: https://booksformuse.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/ten-foodie-romances/

  5. I love ur list!
    Mine: https://bookishowlette.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/top-ten-books-yummy-foods/

  6. I seem to be a rarity in not being into foodie books, but I did manage to scrape together a list of ten books that make me hungry!

  7. Great list! Like Jessica, I am not a big foodie book person, and so I went with books on my bookshelves that have a food item in the title.


  8. This list makes me think I need to pick up more food oriented books. My TTT: https://akernelofnonsense.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/top-ten-tuesday-fierce-females-id-share-a-meal-with/

  9. I just realized that my list took a bit of a twisted turn.
    Mine is sooo gory!!! LOL!

  10. I decided to do something a little different this week and I hope you like it! https://howlinglibraries.com/2017/10/17/t10t-101717/

  11. I love trying new/pintrest inspired foods. I HATE cooking!


  12. Here is my list of books that make me hungry! https://chrissireads.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/top-ten-book-covers-that-make-me-hungry/

  13. Why did I not think about using cookbooks? I'll definitely have to check out some of the books from your list. - Katie

    Here's my list --> http://justanothergirlandherbooks.blogspot.de/2017/10/top-ten-tuesday-yummy-foods-in-books.html

  14. These all sound so fun and original!

    My list:

  15. Should have thought of doing food memoirs and cookbooks! Mine was focused on children's books (mostly): https://ghostgrrrl.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/5-yummy-food-and-drink-from-books/

  16. Since I try to link books I read to food / dishes / munches, I had some fun with this one!


  17. Hahahahaha it never occurred to me to use cookbooks... clearly I totally over thought this. :D Posting in the comments, cause it says the linky won't open until 11pm. :)


  18. I have a deep need for that An Everlasting Meal book. It sounds right up my ally.


  19. Great list! Here's my blog post!

  20. Yay for FOOD BOOKS! My list is Meal Planning 101 (AKA Yummy Foods in Books) https://thegreenmockingbird.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/top-ten-tuesday-meal-planning-101-aka-yummy-foods-in-books/

  21. The link-up list isn't working for me, so I will just share my list of books for foodies here!

  22. I love food in books!! http://book-scents.com/2017/10/17/ttt-top-ten-yummy-foods-in-book/

  23. Ooh nice! I struggled with this one for some reason! Basically turned it into foods I like that characters end up eating! :P

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  24. This is a great list! I especially like the 100 list. I must look for it.


  25. Ha, I JUST finished listening to Food: A Love Story! Very funny.

  26. And now I am too hungry to accomplish anything else today! Oh well...

    Thanks for the fun list, and for hosting!


    Reading List

  27. I laughed at the cover of that first one. I love food and would totally put a hotdog on my wedding cake . . .

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  28. I went with fiction only! I loved Julie & Julia too! I love foodie books so I had too many choices. Ficton this time.

  29. The 100 RECIPES one sounds really useful, especially for new cooks. I'll have to check it out :)


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