Between the books you all picked for this week's buzzworthy challenge on food writing and the picks over on Yum's summer reading list, my stomach is growling. I can't wait to read a bunch of these, but I think I'll have to do it with a tall glass of lemonade and a yummy snack nearby. Here were a few of the great picks; after a jump, you can see a widget with all of them.
The $64 Tomato
Subtitled "How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden," this book was picked by Linda McP, who wrote: "William Alexander narrates the story of his love/hate relationship with his garden and his battle with the forces of nature to grow his own produce. The title comes from his cost-benefit analysis of how much it cost him to grow ONE tomato once the cost of animal traps, Velcro tomato wraps and steel edging for his garden were factored in. But, he concludes that there simply isn't a price tag that can be put on the pleasure of growing fresh garden produce for your own table."
A Thousand Days in Venice
smorzalli picked this intriguing book, and here's what she had to say about it: "This true story of an American chef who leaves behind her life and career to marry an Italian is romantic and full of beautiful descriptions of Venice and food. It also includes recipes for some of the featured dishes!"
Lots more food writing, so read more
The Edible Woman
This different take on food writing was tagged by WhiplashGirlchild, who wrote: "This book, written in the late 60's, is one of my favorite novels of all time. A young woman, recently engaged, finds herself unable to eat anything — she begins to envision herself separate from her body and finds the eating of food — ANY food — similar to cannibalism. It's a bitingly funny book, with more than a touch of feminist leanings."
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
I also highly recommend this investigation of where our food comes from. As haze1nut wrote, "You will learn from this book more than you've thought possible and the info will open your eyes on what you eat and how thoughtless we've all become when it comes to our food, how it's made, how it gets to the table, etc. The author is entertaining/funny/well versed/adventurous/knowledgeable and the book is interesting to the end."
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
I adored this book when I was a kid! As did CupcakeGal10, who bookmarked it for this challenge. We had the same problem, though; as she wrote: "I always felt hungry after reading it."