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Welcome to my *NEW* Friday series! Each week I’ll be featuring 10 Nonfiction Books with a common theme or subgenre. This week I’m featuring ten titles on FOOD. If you’re interested in food and nonfiction, check out these books!
New Nonfiction Books about Food
- Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen pub 3/16/21, In 1975, after narrowly escaping the fall of Saigon, pregnant refugee and gifted cook Tung Nguyen ended up in the Miami home of Kathy Manning, a graduate student and waitress who was taking in displaced Vietnamese refugees. This serendipitous meeting evolved into a decades-long partnership, one that eventually turned strangers into family and a tiny, no-frills eatery into one of the most lauded restaurants in the country. Through powerful narrative, archival imagery, and 20 Vietnamese recipes that mirror their story, Mango & Peppercorns is a unique contribution to culinary literature.
- Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French pub 4/6/21 Erin opens up to the challenges, stumbles, and victories that have led her to the exact place she was ever meant to be. She talks about her rock-bottom moments—of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self. Erin’s experiences with deep loss and abiding hope are told with both honesty and humor. They resonate with women everywhere who are determined to find their voices, create community, grow stronger, and discover their best selves despite seemingly impossible odds.
- Plenty: A Memoir of Food and Family by Hannah Howard pub 9/1/21 In her new book, food writer Hannah Howard explores the world of female food professionals and enthusiasts. She meets with women from around the globe who have carved out a place for themselves in an industry that can be punishingly male-dominated. The women Hannah interviews inspire her own foodie quests and help her understand what’s behind the intimate paths that led them each toward fulfilling careers.
- Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang pub 5/24/22 – Eat a Peach is a memoir with bite. Chang chronicles his unlikely rise to fame, including his struggles with mental illness and addiction, as well as the existential questions he wrestles with every day.
- Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History by William Alexander pub 6/7/22 Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World is a fun and exciting read that blends history, travel and adventure with a love of delicious food.
- Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women by Alissa Wilkinson pub 6/28/22 Alissa Wilkinson is a film critic and food writer who leads the Food section for Vox. She recently gathered a group of women revolutionaries for a dinner party and asked them: if you could invite anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
- Eat Up!: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh pub 7/12/22 Ruby Tandoh is a force to be reckoned with. Her book Eat Up! is full of thoughtful and engaging food essays that explore the connection between the mind, body, and food.
- The Year of Miracles: Recipes about Love + Grief + Growing Things by Ella Risbridger pub 7/26/22 The Year of Miracles is a heartwarming and inspiring memoir about how to get up after a heartbreak, as told by one of the most talented food writers out there.
- Savor: A Chef’s Hunger for More by Fatima Ali pub 10/11/22 Fatima Ali was a boundary-breaking chef, a dynamic force for change in the food world. After her diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer and before her show aired, she vowed to spend her final year traveling the world, eating delicious food, and making memories with her loved ones. But when her condition abruptly worsened, her plans were sidelined. She pivoted, determined to make her final days count as she worked to tell the story of a brown girl chef who set out to make a name for herself—and for her culture.
- Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family by Rabia Chaudry 11/8/22 For Rabia Chaudry, food has always been a source of comfort and connection. In this warm, intimate memoir about food and body image, Rabia describes how she came to terms with the expectations placed on women by modern society, as well as by their own families. In doing so, she found that it wasn’t just her own relationship with food that needed to change—it was also her relationship with herself.
If you’re looking for some great nonfiction books to read, check out the list above. These titles are all excellent reads and will keep you entertained for hours on end. We hope this post helped give you some ideas about which ones might be right for you!
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