We're sitting down with our favorite writers and cooks to talk about their upcoming cookbooks, their best food memories, and just about anything else.
Today: Charlotte Druckman spills what's in her (food and non-food) book pile.
Much of the writing advice you read will tell you to read, and then read some more. Good writers are voracious readers, they say. So we turned to one of our favorite food writers -- and Piglet co-founder and generator of endless ideas and always-willing Twitter conversationalist -- Charlotte Druckman. In episode three of our "what are they reading?" series (here are parts one and two), we asked her for some summer reading recommendations. As with Dorie, her response was so thorough that it warranted its own article. So says Charlotte:
"So, first off, because I write about food for a living and, as a consequence, read quite a bit about food, I can't say that my first choice of vacation reading would necessarily be culinary literature. When I'm reading for sheer pleasure's sake, I'm more inclined to get lost in a novel. (Recent examples would be Edward St. Aubyn's The Patrick Melrose Novels; Emily Gould's Friendship, and Lev Grossman's The Magicians. And I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Rene Steinke's Friendswood: A Novel.) But, even if the reading were obligatory to some extent, there have been a few examples of food writing I'd happily recommend to other people (whose daily grind does not entail being immersed in such things).
More: Check out Ruth Reichl on the cover of the recent Cherry Bombe.
I have a pile of food-related books that I am looking forward to reading myself, so I am going to list these for you as well, even though I can't entirely vouch for them:
Finally: Does a cookbook count as summer vacation reading? I do not know.
And I don't care. Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef is a cookbook, yes; it's also the best thing I've read this summer. I don't want to ruin it for you. All I'm going to say is that it's nothing like any cookbook you've ever read (and you will want to READ it) or seen. In short, it's the tits. Only thing, it doesn't come out 'til October. I guess that means you can save it for winter vacation?"
What books are on your nightstand at the moment? Tell us all about them in the comments!
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