|My Kindle – with a nice hot pink leather cover|
I was very anti Kindle to begin with. I love books and I love to own them. To see the covers of old favourites sitting on my book shelf and to physically hold them in my hands are both simple pleasures that I enjoy. However, travelling for three months meant lugging around half a backpack filled with reading material or biting the bullet and going electronic. MTV kindly bought me a Kindle for my birthday and I haven’t looked back since. I love being able to discover new books to read and buy them instantly through Amazon’s (highly dangerous) one click purchasing system. I’ve even got used to the feel of the Kindle once I bought a nice leather cover for it to make it look a little more like a real book.
I’m tearing through books on the Kindle on my holiday and I have particularly enjoyed reading a few foodie novels which have been on my wish list for a while. These are some of my favourite books for cooks. The list is in no particular order as it is hard to rank books.
|I have just finished reading Blood, Bones and Butter which was published this year.|
1. Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl. Memoirs of Reichl’s time as restaurant critic for the New York Times when she used to dress up in disguise to review the restaurants.
2. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell. An all time classic.
3. Blood Bones and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton. I have just finished reading this memoir which was written by the chef from New York restaurant Prune and it is fantastic. Gabrielle Hamilton can cook and she can also write brilliantly. Highly recommended.
4. Toast, Nigel Slater. England’s favourite food writer recounts his traumatic childhood and love for food in this poignant memoir. There is a very moving TV series of this book as well.
5. My Life in France, Julia Child. For any francophile or foodie this is the perfect cook and makes you immediately want to move to France and do the Cordon Bleu.
6. Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain. This book will change what you order and the way you think about restaurants.
7. A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg. I love Molly’s blog Orangette so could not resist her book which adopts the same style of anecdotes from Molly’s life interspersed with great recipes.
8. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser. Made me never eat McDonalds again. Except when I am really, really hungover.
9. Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, Fuschia Dunlop. Memoirs of travels in China that I found very inspiring for my Hong Kong eatathon.
10. Julie and Julia, Julie Powell. Admittedly the main character (and author) of this book can come across as very unlikeable but as a blogger I found this a fascinating read. The movie is also very good as it stars the brilliant Meryl Streep.
You can buy all these books and more from my Book Club which also includes my favourite cook books (I do not recommend buying cook books on a Kindle – for a cook book I think you need the actual hard cover book to make notes on and dog ear the pages and splash sauce). Also the new Kindle is out and it is even cheaper and better than my old version (isn’t that always the way?). Currently £89 on Amazon.
What have I missed out? Recommendations for a good read always welcome…