Our Favorite Food Books (Or, Your Thanksgiving Travel Reading List)

November 24, 2015

It's time to pack your backpacks, weekenders, totes, and carry-ons for holiday travel, making room for gifts and extra sweaters and probably some snacks. But once you factor in the reality of layovers, traffic, train delays, and long uninterrupted stretches of playing the waiting game, you're going to also need to find room for a book to keep you company!

Need a recommendation? Look no further than this list of all the novels, memoirs ,and otherwise food-themed books our staff loves. So swing by the your local bookstore, lean your seat way back (if the person behind you allows), and read on. Happy Turkey Travel!

What are your favorite food books? Tell us in the comments!

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Taylor Rondestvedt

Written by: Taylor Rondestvedt

Is never without a loaf of rye bread and currently stocks 5 different butters in her kitchen.


pierino December 2, 2015
The M Train, by Patti Smith (although her diet seems to consist of coffee a toast with olive oil). She does get around.
Zainab November 28, 2015
My personal favorite is "As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto". It's such a wonderfully intimate look at both of their lives and a really interesting window into the politics of the time, too.
whitneygerhard November 24, 2015
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen is part memoir, part history book, part cookbook and one of my all-time favorite reads.
I also love "The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater". It's so beautiful and conversational.
Heather |. November 24, 2015
i love molly wizenberg's first book, "a homemade life." and dorie greenspan's "paris sweets"; it's definitely on the cookbook side of things, but it's also a love letter to paris, and i'm fascinated by all the headnotes and blurbs in there.
Taylor R. November 24, 2015
Oooo! I LOVE cookbooks that read like novels (confession: I'm currently reading The Nordic Cookbook cover to cover!)
aargersi November 24, 2015
The Last Chinese Chef
The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake
The Sharper The Knife The Less You Cry

just a small selection!!