Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What I've added to my TBR: Cooking Edition!

I promised weeks ago that my next "What I've added to my TBR" post would be books about food and cooking, and I'm finally delivering on my promise. I read a lot of books about food: cookbooks, foodie memoirs, cooking for kids, regional food, etc. And yet, I'm kind of picky about what I choose. Here's a list of 16 books that appeal to me, maybe some will whet your appetite, too.


Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't give a great idea of what A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches is like inside, but the sandwiches sound super yummy. Not that I'll be pickling bean sprouts any time soon.

I'm so excited about American Cake. Sometimes my mind just fixates on a book, and this is one of those times. The book gives you the history behind some of America's more famous cakes. Awesome.

These days every celebrity is putting out a cookbook, but there's something about Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Back to the Kitchen that appeals to me more than most.

I followed Chungah Rhee's Damn Delicious website for quite awhile, but then I stopped visiting. I don't really remember why. I think it might have had to do with the layout of the pages or the use of a lot of shortcut ingredients. But I might check out her cookbook for Asian fare.

I love Guy Fieri. I watch Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives while I workout at night, and I watch Guy's Grocery Games while I cook supper on Sundays evenings. He's coming out with a family cookbook in October called Guy Fieri Family Food, and I think I'll look into it, if nothing else to see what a chef feeds his family on Tuesday night.
I also followed The Homesick Texan's website, but it fell off my radar awhile back. Still, I've been interested in her Family Table cookbook regardless. As long as the recipes aren't too fussy.

Foodie Memoirs

I ran across a review of Dinner with Edward on Malcolm Avenue Review recently, and it sounds good. A woman at a crossroads in life agrees to check in on her friend's father, and the two have dinner dates.

I admit it, the cover alone convinced me to buy and read In a French Kitchen. (This is the paperback version that came out earlier this year.)

And I vacillated over Stir because of its health-related content, but I finally bought a copy when it came out in paperback.


Ever since reading and loving Dinner with Dad several years ago, I've been on the lookout for another book about a dad cooking for his kids, and I've found one (two, really). Hungry Monkey is about a father's attempt to making a foodie out of his young daughter, and Pretty Good Number One is about that same father and daughter eating their way through Tokyo a couple years later.

(For the record, the only thing my beloved father ever cooked for me was a fried egg sandwich on white bread with ketchup, and it was awesome.)

And with all the foodie memoirs I've read over the years, I've never read Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking (or More Home Cooking), and I really think I should.

The Masters

Did you know there is a second volume of Julia Child's memoir My Life in France coming out in October? I ran across it the other day, and I'll definitely be reading it.

I love Jacque Pepin. He really is a master. His New Complete Techniques is one of the largest books I own. It's over 700 pages of culinary techniques--everything, I assume, you need to know to be a success in your kitchen. Luckily, it's full of photos. I plan to work my way through it in 2017.

Julia Child and Jacques Pepin brought French food to America, and I'm told Marcella Hazan brought Italian food here. Ingredienti was published a few weeks ago, and it tells how to choose the ingredients needed for a proper Italian feast. Again, I likely would have bought this one for the cover alone.

Share your favorite food and cooking books with me in the comments! What have I missed?


  1. I have one on my list to read that you might like. Licking the Spoon.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Laurie!

  3. Oh and go check Goodreads for info on Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches.