Here are a list of my favorite books about food culture and life and some that I am looking forward to reading very soon. These are not in order of which one I read first.
Julia Child introduced America to the wonders of french cuisine in her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
This Book tells the story of how that book was created and how Julia went from knowing nothing of France and french cuisine to immersing herself deeply into the french culture and learning how to love and appreciate food as one of the biggest pleasures life has to offer. It's an inspiring story and it makes you want to run into the kitchen and start cooking!
This is another inspiring tale of how a young, poor boy living in the middle of World War II helps his mother in her small restaurant by peeling potatoes and doing anything he could. Then he becomes an apprentice at age 13 and his culinary adventure grows from there. His charismatic personality shines through every page and as he narrates his life he also shares delicious recipes. It makes you appreciate the unique culinary characteristics of not only every region of France but also various areas of the United States. If you enjoyed the previous book you will love this one as well!
Just looking at the cover makes me warm inside. I relived my trip to Paris reading David's story. Such great memories of walking down the streets of Ile St. Louis with all it's quaint cafes and perfect Fioe Gras shops, or walking by the Seine with a bag of sweet macaroons from LaDuree.
His narrative is extremely funny as he not only describes his adventures and "mis" adventures in the culinary capital of the world, but also pokes fun at the sometimes -I dare to say- "annoying" french idiosyncrasy. He also adds mouth watering dessert recipes that are sure to keep you warm in the upcoming winter.