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February 16, 2014 6:39 PM   Subscribe

I need more good non-fiction. I'm particularly interested in food and history (and, obviously, food history) but I'm getting a bit desperate so I'm open to anything except politics and sports. I prefer more in-depth and non-fluffy books if I can get them, with extra points if they're available on Kindle.

Examples of things that I've recently read and loved have been;

Consider the Fork - Bee Wilson
At Home - Bill Bryson
Cooked and also In Defence of Food - Michael Pollan
How Carrots Won the Trojan War - Rebecca Rupp
Sandwich: A global history - Bee Wilson (also have read Cake, Cheese and Pie, from the other authors in the series)
Pleyn Delite: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks - Constance B Hieatt et al
All the Kings Cooks: The Tudor kitchens of Henry VIII - Peter Brears


Non food books;

Devoted to Death - Santa Muerte: The Skeleton Saint - R Andrew Chestnut
Kimono and also Geisha - Liza Dalby
Longitude - Dava Sobel
Demon-Haunted World - Carl Sagan
The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England - Ian Mortimer

What other interesting, peculiar, fascinating things am I missing out on? New or old, I don't mind.
posted by ninazer0 to Media & Arts (65 answers total) 124 users marked this as a favorite
 
Thank you for your list - I will be looking into several of these, because I also love this kind of book. I recently read "Bringing Home the Birkin", which I guess would fit in your non-food category. "Heads in Beds" was pretty good too, but somehow a little snarkier than I would have liked. But both giving some behind-the-scenes looks at lives I will never lead.
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:43 PM on February 16


Have you also looked at Mary Roach and Barbara Ehrenreich?
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:44 PM on February 16 [5 favorites]


I'm currently reading Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice by Marjorie Shaffer and am finding it pretty entertaining.
posted by quaking fajita at 6:45 PM on February 16


I liked The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky where he digs up a lot of the WPA project "America Eats" which was moldering in an archive somewhere and put it together with some discussion about the project itself and how highways and fast food changed regional food culture.
posted by jessamyn at 6:51 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Dana Goodyear's recent collection of her food-related New Yorker articles is great and would seem to be right up your alley. On Food And Cooking isn't as narrative as that but is surprisingly good as a read and not just a reference.
posted by raisindebt at 6:53 PM on February 16


Have you read The Unprejudiced Palate? It's more historical than history but I really liked it and I bet you would, too.
posted by HotToddy at 6:54 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


The Man Who Ate Everything and some others by Jeffrey Steingarten (Vogue food critic).

[OK, I think they have stopped randomly coming to mind.]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:56 PM on February 16 [2 favorites]


From the author of Tomatoland.
posted by PaulaSchultz at 6:56 PM on February 16


Three books in the same vein of food-based non-fiction:

1. Salt, Sugar, Fat details the ploys used by the food industry to game people's tastebuds into more sales, and the morally dubious claims of their advertisements. There's a lot of food science in the book, but it's fascinating as a study of marketing and capitalism.

2. Pandora's Lunchbox tells a similar story, though this focuses more on the food scientists and the weird compounds they make to extend the shelf life and enhance the flavor of food. It's a little more breezy than Salt, Sugar, Fat, but both are, in my opinion, thorough.

3. Neurogastronomy is easily the most dense of the three, but it's mostly straight science about how the brain makes a "picture" of flavor once we eat something. It's a lot of information, but I think the understanding of the brain's appreciation for texture, smell, sweetness, etc. goes a long way towards understanding the research of making the "perfect" snack food.

Enjoy!
posted by Turkey Glue at 7:02 PM on February 16


From Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals a lot of chapters on different parts of American culinary history. Very very readable.
posted by jessamyn at 7:06 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


"Cod", by Mark Kurlansky.
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:08 PM on February 16 [5 favorites]


Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human is pretty interesting.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:14 PM on February 16


And a Bottle of Rum isn't exactly about food, but it's about the history of rum, one of the most important beverages in the world's history. I'm finding it to be a fascinating, fun read, and it's very in-depth (and not just silly fluff). There's a lot to learn!
posted by Old Man McKay at 7:15 PM on February 16


Words to Eat By
United States of Arugula
Salt: A World History
Extra Virginity: the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

(I love these kinds of books too!)
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:17 PM on February 16


On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee is a classic but maybe more science-y than history; still fascinating.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:20 PM on February 16


More Food History: Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century, by Laura Shapiro. Focuses on the rise of "domestic science" in kitchens, how the prevailing attitude of the day emphasized perfect balances of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates over flavor. There are also interesting side trips into the ways in which these "domestic scientists" became obsessed with what poor immigrants ate, and the idea of food as a way of Americanizing people.

Shapiro also wrote another book, Something from the Oven, about 1950's food, but I haven't read that one.
posted by ActionPopulated at 7:23 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Bill Buford's Heat might interest you.
posted by Flashman at 7:27 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens.
posted by sebastienbailard at 7:35 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


seconding Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

The Secret Life of Lobsters
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:36 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Awesome! You guys are right on the money!

Out of the suggestions above, I've read The Man Who Ate Everything, On Food and Cooking and also the Unprejudiced Palate, but there are some fascinating suggestions so far. I am SO excited!
posted by ninazer0 at 7:43 PM on February 16


Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (At Table)

I loved this book.
posted by rtha at 7:45 PM on February 16


It's been years since I read it, but Reay Tannahill's Food In History might suit. I recall it as being pretty readable. I'm also working my way through Tom Standage's An Edible History of Humanity, but it's a bit denser (or so it seems at the outset). He also wrote A History of the World in 6 Glasses, about various beverages. (Non-food related, but also interesting is Standage's The Victorian Internet, which is about the telegraph system.)

Also -- The Billionaire's Vinegar, which is about a bottle of wine said to be owned by Thomas Jefferson, and The Widow Clicquot, about the history of that famous champagne.
posted by Janta at 7:45 PM on February 16


Have you tried Margaret Visser's Much Depends on Dinner? She has a curiosity and style that's quite similar to Bill Bryson.
posted by mochapickle at 7:58 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Seconding Salt: A World History

For some WWII history: Unbroken
posted by matty at 8:03 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Came in also to say Perfection Salad.
posted by escabeche at 8:10 PM on February 16


If you're into food history, you have to read Harvey Levenstein - I love him. I started with Paradox of Plenty and then went back to read Revolution at the Table. Totally fascinating history, and very well-written.

Some other food-related books I've really enjoyed lately include The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan, Swindled by Bee Wilson, and The Gospel of Food by Barry Glassner.
posted by Ouisch at 8:21 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


I assume you've read all of the MFK Fisher oeuvre. If not, do not pass go, etc.

Look toward Euell Gibbons "Stalking The Wild Asparagus", everything by Angelo Pellegrini, and the wonderful "Consuming Passions" by Peter Farb and George Armelagos.
posted by padraigin at 8:31 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


Ooh, literary non-fiction is one of my favorite genres, and food writing is my favorite within that! Looking at my shelves I realize there's some I haven't read, and some that didn't stand out.

My favorites on my food writing shelf:

Candyland - Steve Almond
He travels around the country visiting factories and talking to people that make regional candy bars. Imagine if David Sedaris had a sweet tooth and a candy obsession. Warning: will hook you on 5 Star Bars from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Love by the Glass - Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher
They were the wine column editors for the Wall Street Journal. This is the story of how they met, fell in love, married, and the many MANY bottles of wine along the way.

Best Food Writing series edited by Holly Hughes
The series started in 2000 and is still going. Not all the pieces included are hits, but enough of them are every year that I keep buying the series.

Making of a Chef and Soul of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
Making of a Chef is Ruhlman's story of his experience studying at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He went as a journalist to document the experience, but became more invested. Soul of a Chef is three long pieces - one about chefs taking the Certified Master Chef exam at the CIA, one about Michael Symon in Cleveland, and one about Thomas Keller in California. Note that this book precedes Symon becoming an Iron Chef and Keller opening Per Se.

Beyond the food writing, I like Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt. They also have a good podcast, if you enjoy those. I'm also a Malcolm Gladwell fan (Tipping Point, Blink) though I have yet to read Outliers. Tracy Kidder's books are now dated, but were compelling (to me) very early literary non-fiction. I was particularly fond of House and The Soul of a New Machine (which, incidentally, features Jessamyn's late father). If you like word games or Scrabble, you should read Word Freak by Stephan Fatsis. Another warning, this book hooked my Scrabble playing husband on competitive Scrabble, and he's still active in it more than 10 years later.
posted by booksherpa at 8:40 PM on February 16 [2 favorites]


Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf.
posted by BlueJae at 8:55 PM on February 16


I recommend Calvin Trillin's "The Tummy Trilogy", which consists of the books "American Fried", "Alice, Let's Eat" and "Third Helpings".
posted by applesurf at 9:42 PM on February 16 [2 favorites]


Ruth Reichl
posted by brujita at 9:53 PM on February 16


Nora Ephron
posted by brujita at 9:54 PM on February 16


Seconding MFK Fisher and Calvin Trillin. Also Ruth Reichl, Molly Wizenberg (of website Orangette; she also has a book) and Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones, and Butter.
posted by mlle valentine at 9:54 PM on February 16


Raw Spirit, by the late, great Iain M. Banks. Banks is a Scots writer of drama and outstanding SF who was hired to write about various malt (read: Scotch) distilleries for some reason I don't recall, and the book ends up being about a third an exploration of Scotch and its history in Scotland, a third biography as told through the geography of Scotland, and a third a really wonderful travelogue of Scotland. Included is his list of "Great Wee Roads," which are the greatest roads in Scotland on which to drive a car, either because of scenery, driving interest, or vicinity to a malt distillery.
posted by Sunburnt at 10:04 PM on February 16 [3 favorites]


Tokyo from Edo to Showa by Edward Seidensticker. A uniquely personal, if slightly rambling and unstructed history of Tokyo. The images in the ebook made me wish for the paper version, but otherwise an enjoyable read.
posted by Lorin at 10:14 PM on February 16


I loved How Buildings Learn. You may enjoy it as well.
posted by BoscosMom at 10:24 PM on February 16 [5 favorites]


Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret History of the Natural History Museum is a fun read, sort of in the vein of 'At Home'.
posted by Fig at 10:44 PM on February 16


I'll nth Molly Wizenberg, her first book was lovely and she has another coming out soon.

I also really love Lucky Peach - long literary food essays, few ads. I think it's the only magazine I've savored (ha!) cover to cover.

My husband is reading A Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization by Kenneth Kiple for the second time. Also high on his list is Soil and Civilization.

I also have a soft spot for fiction with great descriptions of food....
posted by jrobin276 at 11:16 PM on February 16


Taste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good by Barb Stuckey, good read that includes mini tasting experiments you can do yourself.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think is a fascinating book by food psychologist Brian Wansink, including many experiments, like dyeing white wine a red colour and seeing how it changes the descriptions wine experts give the flavour, how you can make people eat more by changing the size of the container, how describing something as having a chocolate flavor can make people report it as such even when it is really strawberry (or vice versa, can't remember!). Must get my copy back!
posted by AnnaRat at 11:33 PM on February 16


I also loved:
Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur
Sippewissett, Or Life on a Salt Marsh by Tim Traver
and Wendell Berry (I read The Unsettling of America, but Bringing It to the Table looks good too).

The books I mentioned earlier are:
Molly Wizenberg - A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table and Delancy: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage,
and A Moveable Feast by Kenneth Kiple.

I'm pretty sure that the Soil and Civilization my husband's intending to read is the first one listed by Edward Hyams (1976, out of print), but it looks similar to some of the books listed below it.

All of these are on Kindle, except Lucky Peach.
posted by jrobin276 at 11:49 PM on February 16


Fresh: A Perishable History by Susanne Freidberg
Four Fish by Paul Greenberg (won the James Beard award)
Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic by Julie Guthman (definitely on the academic tip, but really thoughtful and smart)
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog

And not food nonfiction per se, but definitely related...
Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are by Paul Robbins. (also more academic, but oh so worth it!)
Green Gone Wrong by Heather Rogers
posted by spamandkimchi at 11:59 PM on February 16


The Poison King
posted by thelonius at 12:11 AM on February 17


Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace should be right up your alley, along with his other essays, though I don't think he wrote anything else explicitly food-related. (Correct me if I'm wrong...)

In a similar vein, check out Phillip Lopate. He often writes in a kind of "confessional" mode. A good example and starting point is Against Joie de Vivre. That essay is very personal and intimate; it appears in the collection Getting Personal, which I found riveting, inspiring in a writerly way, and sometimes disturbing. He has also written great stuff as a critic of movies and architecture; about life in New York; about teaching children; and about writing itself.
posted by mbrock at 12:39 AM on February 17


If you haven't read Alan Davidson, you have many days of fantastic reading ahead of you. Start with the Oxford Companion to Food, a well written reference on nutrional, historical and cultural aspects of food. (penguin too!) Volumes of his obscure magazine PPC (petits propos culinaires) are hard to find (and thusly, a great reason for me to enter any 2nd hand bookshop I encounter). The best articles can be found in The Wilder Shores of Gastronomy.
He also wrote actual cookbooks that contain great stories, about the history and customs of the dishes he describes. Too many to mention here, his North Atlantic Seafood is my go to cookbook for fish cooking.
He also discovered the 1859 book The Curiosities of Food: Or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kingdom and published a facsimile.
All these books can be found for virtually nothing in second hand bookshops. The only warning I give you: make sure your fridge is loaded before you start reading. Happy eat reading!
posted by ouke at 1:54 AM on February 17 [2 favorites]


Between Meals by A.J. Liebling.
posted by three blind mice at 2:43 AM on February 17


Another vote for Alan Davidson's Oxford Companion to Food. I've been opening it randomly and reading it with pleasure nearly every month for the last 15 years. Besides the obvious erudition, it's one of those gems of the encyclopaedic form which is peppered with unexpected wit.
posted by snarfois at 3:33 AM on February 17


"1491" and "1493" by Charles Mann. The first describes the Americas before the first white men. I thought I had a pretty good idea, but in fact, I knew virtually nothing. Fascinating book. I found the second even more fascinating; it's the story of how products from the New World, particularly food, changed the rest of the world.

Highly recommended.
posted by kestralwing at 5:12 AM on February 17 [3 favorites]


The Taste of America, by John Hess and Karen Hess-- if you can find a copy. It may seem a bit quaint now, with the sheer amount of food writing that's been done since, but it's a really fun read. (Link.)
posted by BibiRose at 6:21 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]


Food:

Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay (although honestly, you're either going to love the guy's writing style or hate it)
Milk: A Local and Global History by Deborah Valenze
Founding Foodies by Dave DeWitt
Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages by Patrick E. McGovern
American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
Food and Philosophy: Eat, Think, and Be Merry by Fritz Allhoff
Beard on Food: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom from the Dean of American Cooking by James Beard (This is a collection of a bunch of old newspaper articles and such that he'd written)
The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food by Garrett Oliver(I love this book)
Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl by David Wondrich

Other:

Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks: The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry by Cathy Cobb
Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science by ,Phillip Manning
Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life by Eric D. Schneider and Dorian Sagan (Yup, that's Carl Sagan's son)
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums by
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears by Stephen T. Asma
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Sykes
Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms by Ralph Keyes
The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man by , Amir D. Aczel

Also I've found that books with titles like "Best (Subject) writing of (Year)" (like: "The Best Music Writing of 2008") are a great resource to find interesting authors on whatever you're interested in
posted by Gygesringtone at 6:32 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]


I don't know why this popped into my head, but if you have any passing interest in France or in human geography, The Discovery of France is a really fascinating read (as a caveat, I've seen others here say they found it hard to get into, but that was totally the opposite of my experience).
posted by threeants at 8:27 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]


American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads by Pascale Le Draoulec
posted by moonmilk at 8:56 AM on February 17


Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table.
posted by vitabellosi at 9:41 AM on February 17


Thank you for this question! Our reading habits sound like they overlap quite a lot, so I'm mining the thread for ideas, and hopefully you'll find some of my recent reads useful.

Foodie stuff: 97 Orchard was a fascinating look at the food lives of American immigrants from the 1850s(ish) to WWII.

I say this every time food writing comes up, but John Thorne and Laurie Colwin are my two favorite food writers, ever, and everything they've written is worth seeking out. (Well, not quite everything--Colwin's fiction is hit or miss.) Colwin's Home Cooking and More Home Cooking are delightfully cosy, domestic essays about food and cooking. They're my very favorite comfort reading books.

Thorne's books often delve into the origins of what he's eating--historical versions of recipes, traditional preparations, etc--as well as how he eats things and discussions of ways he's prepared things. Mouth Wide Open is great, as is Simple Cooking, but I cheerfully blanket rec all his stuff.

Nigel Slater's Tender and Ripe skirt the edges of food writing and cookbook, but I found them both very readable--probably especially worth looking for if you're into gardening at all.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles was really interesting to me, and sort of rambles through a bunch of interesting historical and cultural connections.

The Taste of Conquest is a discussion of Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Venice, and their roles in the spice trade. It also talks about the ways that spices were actually used, and the way that they changed the cuisines of the time.

Non-foodie stuff: Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon is a fascinating look at identities and the way that they're formed, especially as it pertains to people who have identities that are at odds with the identities of their families--queer children who have straight parents, or deaf children who have sighted parents. Fascinating reading.

The Great Influenza is the story of the 1918 influenza epidemic. It's both gripping and frightening.

The Great Mortality is a look at the Black Plague--the origins, the public reaction at the time, what we know now.
posted by MeghanC at 9:53 AM on February 17 [2 favorites]


This is such a great question! I love these kinds of books too.

You might like Liza Picard's books. She looks at all aspects of everyday life in London at various periods, from Elizabethan through Victorian, using all sorts of documents as evidence. She is very interesting, and very readable.
posted by apricot at 10:38 AM on February 17


Solomon Volkov's St. Petersburg: A Cultural History is one of my favorite nonfiction books of all time.
posted by you're a kitty! at 10:49 AM on February 17


Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood by Mary Taylor Simeti and Maria Grammatico. Actually, I recommend all of Simeti's books.

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset
posted by PussKillian at 11:44 AM on February 17


I was going to start marking best answers but I honest don't know where to start - there are SO MANY brilliant suggestions. I've got a years worth of reading just looking at me and I honestly don't know where to begin!! Oh, the agony of choice!

Thank you so much, guys. Things have been a bit tough here lately, but having oodles of books to escape into really REALLY helps. It's so good to have something to look forward to.
posted by ninazer0 at 12:09 PM on February 17 [2 favorites]


Yep, John Thorne is awesome. His approach is to find some food item -- chowder, famously, but also sandwiches and soups and all sorts of things -- and tear it down to its constituent elements, discover its history, and then rebuild it again.

In the past I have mentioned his piece on New England clam chowder, which I think takes fifty-some pages out of his book Serious Pig. I love the guy, and I always read the articles and mostly skip the recipes.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:12 PM on February 17


Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women, by Caroline Walker Bynum, is an amazing scholarly yet readable resource for anyone interested in Medieval, religious and / or gender history. One of my all-time favorites!
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose at 6:04 PM on February 17 [1 favorite]


Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It's a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novel
posted by Confess, Fletch at 6:24 PM on February 17


I've always been a big fan of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, which covers much of civilization's development through the lens of several beverages. Some day I must try the beer fermented in tree stumps.

The Botany of Desire takes a similar approach, looking at a few plants and how we've shaped them over the centuries. You'll never look at Jonny Appleseed the same way again.

The chapters in Packing for Mars about astronaut nutrition are some of Mary Roach's best writing.

Also, more history than food, but Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World is one I highly recommend--tales of people who were famous, or infamous, and are now obscure. N-Rays, the artist Three-Mile Painting, Shakespeare's greatest foe...
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:42 PM on February 17


Peter Mayle's books about Provence (1, 2, 3, 4) have the most glorious meal descriptions.
posted by JanetLand at 8:05 AM on February 18


The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius
posted by Quack at 4:54 PM on February 18 [1 favorite]


How is it possible that no one has mentioned John McPhee?

Oranges is his book about oranges. It started as an article in the New Yorker (that's just a summary, not the full article). You can read some pages at Google Books to get a taste of his writing.

Also, you must, must read "Brigade de Cuisine" (the first few sentences are excerpted online), and you may also enjoy "Giving Good Weight," about the Greenmarket in New York City. Both of those are in the collection Giving Good Weight.

I should mention that I, too, stay away from sports writing, but John McPhee is so good I've even read A Sense of Where You Are (which has both sports AND politics!) and Levels of the Game and they were both fantastic. Levels of the Game has at least one moment where the sheer quality of the writing filled me with ineffable joy.

Since you also mentioned history, I'd like to recommend The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, the story of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the southern states to the north. I just started reading it, and it's fascinating and beautifully written.

Both McPhee and Wilkerson have won Pulitzers.

I like Dava Sobel too, so I'd recommend looking for her other books. Galileo's Daughter is good.

Also - good heavens! No Julia Child? Please do check out My Life in France.

Enjoy!
posted by kristi at 1:05 PM on February 21


Slowly working my way through this massive list. Thanks again to everyone - I truly appreciate it.
posted by ninazer0 at 5:42 PM on March 20


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