7 Unique Food Books That Every Food Lover Must Indulge In #WorldBookDay

7 Unique Food Books That Every Food Lover Must Indulge In #WorldBookDay

Don't you think reading in general is a good thing? But, trust me, reading a food book is even better! They can be devoured, savoured and delectably gorged upon as if you have a plate of your favourite food in your hands. Food has a mysterious way of bringing out the best imagination in people, after all, we all eat!

Some books that I've been dying to read are solely based on their ability to satisfy my culinary cravings, gastronomical fancies and culturally rich indulgences. Some of these books will take you to unheard neighborhoods of places, deep rooted for their love of food and pose as memoirs from renowned chefs and others will just spark thoughts behind the very existence of food. I'm ready to put on my biggest pyjamas I have because these food books are going to make me really really hungry! I'm sure there are amazing food reads but these are the ones I'd like to start my #WorldBookDay with.

1.) Kitchen Confidential: Anthony Bourdain

With not only being the mega-bookseller, this book has intrigued me in more ways than one. Think wild yet true, hilarious yet glamorous encounters by Chef Anthony Bourdain, a chef that changed the culinary scene in the world. His wild debauchery of life consumed by drugs, sex and life pleasures makes it an interesting read.

2.) Japanese Farm Food: Nancy Singleton Hachisu

A beautiful way of being able to provide for oneself-this book has recipes developed over 25 years by Nancy and her husband, Tadaaki. Simple eating and sourcing the freshest local ingredients from the vicinity makes for a humble serving on the plate which is incredibly translated in the book.

3.) An Indian Sense of Salad- Eat Raw, Eat More: Tara Deshpande

Indians are known for curries, spices and breads but little do we care about salads. With the preface of the book, Tara has managed to convince me that salads go way beyond the regular veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots! Like she says, "It was a labour of love" and with 85 delightful salad recipes, she sheds light on Indian local ingredients.

4.) I am a Filipino-And this is how I cook: Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad

Want to learn how to cook a Filipino meal? If no, still this book is worth your time. For those who've not visited Philippines, Nicole and Miguel do a great job at introducing the processes used to make the cuisine, bringing out its sophisticated version. Although it contains more than 100 recipes that include curries, soups, fusions and desserts, a lot about the regions culture and ingredients reflects through the narrative.

5.) Blood, Bone & Butter: Gabrielle Hamilton

If you want to become a chef or work in the restaurant business, this book is a must-read. Gabrielle writes a memoir that makes for a great inspiration, tat not only captures her spirit but also highlights her journey from childhood to owning a restaurant called Prune.

6.) Heston's Fantastical Feasts: Heston Blumenthal

The master of the culinary world, a magician that can turn an ingredient into a mouthful of joy, Heston Blumenthal has proven it time and again that he is a genius. To read any of his books would be an utter delight, but this one in particular is a tale of extravagant ingredients, revolutionary techniques and using familiar kitchen appliances in unfamiliar ways. I got a chance to meet him recently and it was totally surreal because with the passion he has created these dishes is nothing but fantastical.

7.) Bottom of the Pot-Persian RecipesAnd Stories: Naz Deravian

The most interesting part about this book is that it is a recipe book but written so beautifully that each and every dish has a story of its own. From Chicken roast to Kombucha, Joojeh Kebab and Yalda, each recipe is cooked with love, care and keeping in mind the traditions. The importance of strands of saffron, fragrant rose petals and tart dried lime are some of the nuances that bring together this hearty book.

There are tons of books worth reading when it comes to food. I've mentioned my list, do you have one too? If you do, comment below and tell me why you think it was an interesting read.

Shreya Jalavadia

Shreya Jalavadia

Think of her as a delicacy. She could be a red sauce penne pasta or refreshing strawberry smoothie. A little sweet, quite tangy and unapologetic on the palate. Her soul is that of a gastronome, mind of an illustrator and heart of a writer. She uses these ingredients to plate up tasty stories about food at India Food Network as an Associate Editor. Be it her blogs, articles, reviews or food shows; she promises a wholesome affair.

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