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I've been adding several interesting food books to my reading stack, including cookbooks, memoirs, and general food writing. Earlier this week I wrote about the eye-opening Real Food, Fake Food, a book that changed my food-buying and -consuming habits. I guess I wasn't as well-informed as I thought I was! Click on through for my thoughts.
Here are four books I hope to get to soon -- as in before the year is out. Have you read any of them? I looked through the books and read a few reviews and came up with three Quick Facts for each title.
Modified by Caitlin Shetterly:
- Explores the connection between GMOs and health/allergies.
- Presents a personal perspective from a published journalist.
- Also looks at the nasty side of today's agribusiness (can you say Monsanto?).
A Perfect Score by Kathryn Hall and Craig Hall:
- The story of a couple who switched from politics (Kathryn) and real estate (Craig) to the wine business.
- After two decades as growers and producers, they saw one of their wines earn a perfect score of 100.
- A look at Napa Valley culture and politics and the life of the rich and famous.
Not My Mother's Kitchen by Rob Chirico:
- The subtitle reveals all: "Rediscovering American-Italian Cooking through Stories and Recipes."
- The book oozes with humor and warmth.
- The recipes cover a full range from traditional and authentic to very modern.
A Square Meal by Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman:
- Discusses the shaky equation of food, agriculture, and economics during the Great Depression.
- Shows how science (especially nutrition research), politics, and new technologies were called on to feed a starving nation.
- Includes vintage recipes and personal stories.