For Foodies

    • Buttermilk Graffiti
      Edward Lee

      A chef, restaurateur and author describes the two years he spent traveling the United States learning about the different cultures, traditions, memories and innovations that keep adding to, reshaping and helping to evolve what makes up American cuisine.

    • Coming to My Senses
      Alice Waters

      A bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant, Chez Panisse.

    • The Cooking Gene
      Michael Twitty

      A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry--both black and white--through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

    • The Food Explorer
      Daniel Stone

      Documents the adventures and legacy of 19th-century botanist and food explorer David Fairchild to reveal the stories of how diverse crops ranging from avocadoes and mangoes to seedless grapes and pomegranates were introduced to America from faraway cultures.

    • Give a Girl a Knife
      Amy Thielen

      A beautiful memoir of one woman's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the world of New York City fine dining--and back again--in search of her culinary roots. It pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for detail, and dry Midwestern humor as she realizes the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy--thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.

    • Hippie Food
      Jonathan Kauffman

      A narrative history of the alternative-foods movement of the past half century explores the diverse fringe trends, charismatic personalities and counterculture elements that have rendered quotidian wholefoods, from whole grain bread and tofu to yogurt and brown rice, part of the mainstream American diet.

    • Milk
      Mark Kurlansky

      Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, Kurlansky details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

    • The Monk of Mokha
      Dave Eggers

      Traces the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American in San Francisco, and his dream of resurrecting the ancient art of cultivating, roasting, and importing Yemeni coffee, an endeavor that is challenged by the brutal realities of Yemen's 2015 civil war.

    • My American Dream
      Linda Bastianich

      The host of "Lidia's Kitchen" shares a memoir that traces her impoverished but loving upbringing under Tito's communist regime in Yugoslavia, her years as a refugee while trying to enter the United States, and her early start as a restaurant worker.

    • My Mother's Kitchen
      Peter Gethers

      Peter Gethers wants to give his 93-year-old mother a final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. Problem is, he doesn’t know how cook most of them, so he embarks upon a culinary journey to bring his mother’s friends and loved ones to the table one last time.

    • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
      Samin Nosrat

      An ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice that focuses on mastering just four elements. With charming narrative, illustrated walkthroughs, and a lighthearted approach to kitchen science, Samin demystifies these elements for everyone. One hundred essential recipes—and variations—will make this your cooking compass.

    • The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World
      Jenny Linford

      A global culinary history told through the stories of seven essential ingredients found in cuisines all over the world: honey, salt, chile, pork, rice, cacao, and tomato. Each of these foundational ingredients has played a long and valuable role in human foodways and culture, and each has its own fascinating history.

    • Tasting the Past
      Kevin Begos

      A journalist, after a chance encounter with an obscure vintage made near Jerusalem, embarks on a journey around the world to discover the multicultural roots of wine and encounters a colorful cast of characters along the way.

    • Where the Wild Coffee Grows
      Jeff Koehler

      Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world. This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future.