Cookery books that don't have recipes in them
January 11, 2014 2:08 PM Subscribe
What are some books, cookery or otherwise about food, that contain stories about people's memories of/experiences with food and eating?
posted by Solomon to Food & Drink (60 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
My favourite part of a cookbook is the bit, generally before the recipe, where the author explains it a little - what goes well with it, etc. I especially like it when the author talks about what this food means to them or their family.
Nigel Slater's book Toast talks extensively about his childhood, but each memory revolves around food. Tessa Kiros has written several cookbooks which contain stories about preparing and eating food with her elderly relatives. These are both examples of what I'm looking for.
I'm not necessarily looking for recipe books, more something in the vein of a biography. Recipe books are acceptable as long as they have plenty to read besides recipes.