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Do You Read Food Books?


Now that Summer reading season is upon us, I'm wondering how many of you read food books. I'm not talking about cookbooks, but the nonfiction, narrative works that, when done well, can read like novels.

I'm a big fan of The Omnivore's Dilemma, so I might check out Michael Pollan's latest, In Defense of Food. Cast your vote and tell me what book is next on your list in the comments.

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ameliajc ameliajc 7 years
Yes! I'm reading Omnivore's Dilemma and I just got finished a couple books about cooking!
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 7 years
Oh man I loved Like water for chocolate and A taco testimony.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
never came across one that peaked my interest
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 7 years
I've read many over the years. But it's still rare when I do read one.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
not much of a reader
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
eh..not really..
Michelle-StG Michelle-StG 7 years
I was saying Fast Food Nation was good but definitely in the muck-raking category.
Michelle-StG Michelle-StG 7 years
I finished In Defense of Food last week. It's a good read, good "food for thought". I did see some reviews of the book that said if you had read Omnivore's, you would find this one redundant. I never read Omnivore's so I can't speak to that. It's not really long, I thought it was a quick read. I got half way through Fast Food Nation. It was really good but
rhistar rhistar 7 years
I recently read an Australian book called 'Never Order Chicken on a Monday' by Matthew Evans a former food critic and I really enjoyed it. I think it is really worthwhile reading about food, as it makes up a large part of life. But hey, that's just me.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 7 years
I'm currently reading "Sugar Fix: The High Fructose Fallout That is Making You Sick". It's pretty enlightening so far. And I really want to read "United States of Arugula" & also "The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution", which is like the longest title on the PLANET.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I also loved Animal, Vegetable, Mineral. It sparked my new love for finding local food sources. I read Don't Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). It reaffirmed to me why I don't eat fast food. It was very enlightening about other foody matters, too.
mon-amelia mon-amelia 7 years
I've read 'fast food nation,' which totally blew my mine. It's great. Of course, always take books like that with a grain of salt, but it's still incredibly eye-opening.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I've read many - I love being a smart foodie.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 7 years
In Defense of Food is a good read. It reminds you how important eating REAL food is, i.e. fresh fruits and veggies!
kdAlise kdAlise 7 years
I've heard of Omnivore's Dilemma, but I haven't read it. I read a lot, but I've just never gotten around to reading a book about food. Check that, I read "Fast Food Nation" for a class in college. It was interesting, but didn't drive me to want to read other food books.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i've read a couple but they really aren't my thing (or maybe i haven't found the right ones). they've been interesting enough, but not quite enough to push me from reading what i normally do.
shannzu shannzu 7 years
Ditton on Syako's comment. I'm in the middle of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I think it's a really profound book. I'm already changing my food buying habits.
anna_muffin anna_muffin 7 years
I read Orwell's "In defence of English cooking"...that's about it.
syako syako 7 years
I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver over the past holiday and loved it.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
I like Omnivore's Dil. but that's 'bout it.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Eh not really...
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