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This is a great list! I can recommend Eat Cake, by Jeanne of my favorites!


Mmm, this list is making me really hungry!

Mary Grover

I think you'd like Donia Bijan's book "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen." It's a memoir full of recipes and recounts her determination to become a chef, to the dismay of her parents who wanted a more conventional professional or academic career for her.


What a yummy list of books! I've read several of these and they've been such enjoyable reads. I do have one to recommend - Relish by Lucy Knisley. It's a graphic novel but I think you'd enjoy it.


That sounds like great fun and I am adding it to my wishlist. Perfect vacation reading and yummy at the same time!


I know! Me too. ;)


I love books like that--more than just a cookbook. I have added it to my wishlist. Reading about food in other cultures is such an interesting way to find out what life is like in other places!


That sounds like fun. I have not yet picked up another graphic novel-maybe I will try and track a copy of this one down next. I am not much of a cook, but I do love reading about food! ;)


I don't know what it says about me, either, but I've read several of these books!Crescent was one of my favorites, if I remember right. I also enjoyed Joanne Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange--you could add that to your list! Oh, and a nonfiction book, Traveling With Pomegranates, by Sue Monk Kidd and her daugther. OK, I'll stop now.


Delicious was a big disappointment to those who loved Reichl's other writing. Shows that fiction and non-fiction are two different skills.


Feel free to recommend-away! :) I love Joanne Harris and have read several of her books, but not that one. I am thinking of starting a new book--not sure what I am actually in the mood for, but maybe I should go look at Five Quarters of an Orange! I do want to read Crescent, too. And I will check out the Sue Monk Kidd book--it has been ages since I read a travel narrative and they are usually very enjoyable!


Sorry to hear the Reichl book didn't work for you. I have yet to read any of her books (though I am very much looking forward to her memoirs). Maybe the novel will be better for me since I won't have anything else to compare with it.

vicki (skiourophile)

It's a very dark choice, but I love John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure. You may never look at a mushroom without suspicion again!


Oh, I'm not familiar with this book, but now I must look it up. Mushrooms are indeed quirky little guys! Some of them even look a little sinister.... (So glad to hear from you by the way--hope all has been well!).

Thomas Hogglestock

I too love Riechl's memoirs. They are wonderful, wonderful things to read. I recently bought Delicious! with some trepidation. Despite your warning I am still going to give it a go. But Danielle, you really need to read the memoirs. You won't regret it for a minute.


Actually I have Delicious, too, and am looking forward to reading it--so no warnings from me on that one! I am hoping it is (for me) as good as her memoirs. I have yet to read any of her writing, but I do have the first memoir and her novel. I love food writing--maybe I will have to make a little project of it... hmm.

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