Our Favorite Food Books
If you are looking for a gift for a food-loving, literary hound, call off the hunt.
<em>Every Day in Tuscany</em> by Frances Mayes
The third time is just as lucky as the first two for Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun.
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National Geographic's <em>Food Journeys of a Lifetime</em>
Think of Food Journeys of a Lifetime as 500 places to see and taste before you die. Full of the take-you-there photography for which National Geographic is famous, the book covers every conceivable gustatory delight--from fabled chefs' fare to humble street foods.
<em>Food Rules</em> by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan, the high priest of eating well, distills collective wisdom into 64 commonsense food rules. Our favorite: "Don't eat cereal that changes the color of the milk."
<em>The Book of Fungi</em> by Peter Roberts and Shelley Evans
This coffee-table book-cum-kitchen reference covers edibles familiar (morels, truffles) and wildly exotic (ethereal Mexican Indigo Milkcaps, curious Wood Cauliflowers). It includes those not to eat, as well. Life-size photos capture every fascinating fungal detail.
<em>Four Fish</em> by Paul Greenberg
Paul Greenberg--the reporter who helped get Chilean sea bass off many menus--brings his insight as a passionate sport fisher to this unsettling account of four species (salmon, cod, bass, and tuna) we may be fishing to extinction.
<em>The Town That Food Saved</em> by Ben Hewitt
Ben Hewitt chronicles the "agrepreneurs"—farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, who built a local economy around small-scale food production, and helped reinvigorate a Vermont town.