Tasty Memoirs of Cooks & Cooking

Updated October 31, 2022
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The Man Who Ate Too Much The Life of James Beard
Birdsall, John.
In the first portrait of James Beard in twenty-five years, John Birdsall accomplishes what no prior telling of Beard's life and work has done: He looks beyond the public image of the "Dean of American Cookery" to give voice to the gourmet's complex, queer life and, in the process, illuminates the...
Blood, Bones & Butter The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Hamilton, Gabrielle.
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK nbsp; NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Miami Herald * Newsday * The Huffington Post * Financial Times * GQ * Slate * Men's Journal * Washington Examiner * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus...
Save Me the Plums My Gourmet Memoir
Reichl, Ruth.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of...
Bourdain The Definitive Oral Biography
Woolever, Laurie.
Paper Book
New York Times bestseller An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best  When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his...
California Soul
Alexander, Kevin
Paper Book
A sharply crafted and unflinchingly honest memoir about gangs, drugs, cooking, and living life on the line-both on the streets and in the kitchen-from one of the most exciting stars in the food world today Chef Keith Corbin has been cooking his entire life. Born on the home turf...
The Cooking Gene A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Twitty, Michael W.
2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year | 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner inWriting | Nominee for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction | #75 on The Root100 2018 A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural...
A cook's tour in search of the perfect meal
Bourdain, Anthony.
'It works extremely well. In large part because Bourdain is a very funny writer; sharp, honest and with a beguiling mix of belligerence and sensitivity' Sunday Telegraph'Brilliantly written up in a raw, stylish gonzo prose, with pitch-black humour and a devilish turn of phrase'...
Crying in H Mart A Memoir
Zauner, Michelle.
From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story...
Dinner for One How Cooking in Paris Saved Me
Dacres, Sutanya.
From podcast host Sutanya Dacres comes Dinner for One, an unforgettable memoir of how she rebuilt her life after her American-in-Paris fairy tale shattered, starting with cooking dinner for herself in her Montmartre kitchen When Sutanya Dacres married her French...
Dirt Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
Buford, Bill.
Paper Book
"You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford's Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France." --The Wall Street Journal What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon...
Eat a Peach A Memoir
Chang, David.
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious--an intimate account of the making of a chef, the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than...
Finding Freedom A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch
French, Erin.
Paper Book
**New York Times Bestseller** From Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up Long before The Lost...
From Scratch A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Locke, Tembi.
Now a limited Netflix series starring Zoe Saldana! This Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller is "a captivating story of love lost and found" (Kirkus Reviews) set in the lush Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing...
Kitchen Confidential
Bourdain, Anthony.
Anthony Bourdain, host of Parts Unknown, reveals "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine" in his breakout New York Times bestseller Kitchen Confidential.Bourdain spares no one's appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door....
Korean American Food That Tastes Like Home
Kim, Eric.
Paper Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Bon Appétit, NPR, Publishers Weekly An homage to what it means to be Korean American with delectable recipes that explore how new culinary traditions can be forged to honor both your past and your...
Make It Messy My Perfectly Imperfect Life
Samuelsson, Marcus.
In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef and owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly praised adult memoir, Yes, Chef, this young adult...
My Life in France
Child, Julia.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Julia's story of her transformative years in France in her own words is "captivating ... her marvelously distinctive voice is present on every page." (San Francisco Chronicle). Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to...
Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults)
Onwuachi, Kwame.
Paper Book
"Kwame Onwuachi's story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world." --Questlove   By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for ...
Taste Makers Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
Sen, Mayukh.
Paper Book
Who's really behind America's appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. Taste Makers stretches from World War II to the present...
Taste My Life Through Food
Tucci, Stanley.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Named a Notable Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen....
Whiskey in a Teacup
Witherspoon, Reese
Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Reese Witherspoon's grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty...
Yes, Chef A Memoir
Samuelsson, Marcus.
JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE * NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VOGUEnbsp;*nbsp;NEW YORK TIMESnbsp;BESTSELLER "One of the great culinary stories of our time."--Dwight Garner,nbsp;The New York Times nbsp; It begins with...

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