Reading List #2: Food Porn Fiction

People often ask me “Could you recommend a good book?”  This is a difficult question to answer, in a way, because there are thousands of good books and whether or not you find a book “good” really depends on what’s happening in your life at the moment the book finds you.  I say it that way on purpose.  The best books are the ones that choose you.  So, I’m making some reading lists over the next several months based on various themes.  Say you like books about “Women on the Verge” or maybe you like “Butch Realness” or “New York Shitty.”  This way, you can find a theme that interests you, trot off to your favorite independent bookstore, make a pot of tea, and settle in.

Each of these books intersects with the world of food in an interesting waybe it the private chef of the Stein/Toklas household, a snowy suburban Red Lobster, a meat-filled mystery, and the first take on Frankenfoods.

  • The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong
  • The Bobby Gold Stories, by Anthony Bourdain
  • Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O’Nan
  • The Food of the Gods, by H.G. Wells
  • Salt: A World History, by Mark Kurlansky (okay, this is not a novel.)


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