Culinary Memoirs

Updated September 19, 2022
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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Anthony Bourdain
An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain's mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, "Don't Eat before You Read This," by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain...
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
Julie Powell
The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) that inspired Julie & Julia, the major motion picture directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia. Nearing 30 and...
My Life in France
Julia Child
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...
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Ruth Reichl
GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review...
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
Ruth Reichl
A restaurat critic of the New York Times offers a memoir--with recipes--of a life spent as a resturant owner, chef, and food critic, from California to New York City.
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
Michelle Zauner
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American--"in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself" (NPR). * CELEBRATING...
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Gabrielle Hamilton
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens...
Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen
Laurie Colwin
Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, the acclaimed author of Happy All the Time delivers a beloved cookbook manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining. * With a foreword by Ruth Reichl. "As...
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Molly Wizenberg
When Molly Wizenberg's father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions for a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn't possible to resume life as though nothing had...
The Sweet Life in Paris
David Lebovitz
From the New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen and L'Appart, a deliciously funny, offbeat, and irreverent look at the city of lights, cheese, chocolate, and other confections. Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about...
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Marcus Samuelsson
JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "VOGUE" - "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER "One of the great culinary stories of our time."--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" " " It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook...
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
Jacques Pepin
In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the...
Taste: My Life Through Food
Stanley Tucci
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....
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Madhur Jaffrey
Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared. Madhur (meaning “sweet as honey”) Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over...
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris
Ann Mah
When journalist Ann Mah's husband is given a diplomatic assignment in Paris, Mah, a lifelong foodie and Francophile, begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a yearlong post - alone - turning Mah's vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light...
Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
Kwame Onwuachi
"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 ...
My Berlin kitchen : a love story, with recipes /
Weiss, Luisa.
The Wednesday Chef finds her way home - a story of love, life, and the search for the perfect ragu. It takes courage to turn your life upside down, especially when everyone is telling you how lucky you are. But sometimes what seems right can feel deeply wrong. My Berlin Kitchen tells...
Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir
Amy Thielen
A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining--and back again--in search of her culinary roots   Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in...
Burn the Place: A Memoir
Iliana Regan
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD A singular, powerfully expressive debut memoir that traces one chef's struggle to find her place and what happens once she does. Burn the Place is a galvanizing memoir that chronicles Iliana Regan's journey...
Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater
Gail Simmons
When Top Chef judge Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school . . . but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice-make a list of what you love to...
Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream
Tung Nguyen
A powerful memoir of resilience, friendship, family, and food from the acclaimed chefs behind the award-winning Hy Vong Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. IACP AWARD WINNER: Literary or Historical Food Writing Through powerful...
A Blissful Feast: Culinary Adventures in Italy's Piedmont, Maremma, and Le Marche
Teresa Lust
A delicious journey through Italy and a celebration of the relationship between family and food.  Moving from the Italian Piedmont to the Maremma and then to Le Marche, chef Teresa Lust interweaves portraits of the people who served as her culinary guides with cultural and...

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