Apr 23, 2019
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!
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.
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Made it. 2018 done and with it, 60 books – the last one finished with Herculean effort as I tried to squeeze a page or ten into every beach and ocean bath we stopped at before NYE. The plan was to read an Agatha Christie before the year was out, but as soon as I opened this one on Christmas Day, I knew there wasn’t another option. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There’s not much I can say about Anthony Bourdain that probably hasn’t already been said. I loved this book and it left me craving not only his other books but other food/cooking memoirs full stop. His writing had me enraptured, though it was slightly surreal to be reading about New York’s restaurant underbelly while the ocean crusted on my hair beach after beach, but maybe that’s just a good summary of my year in books in general – wonderful contrasts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #books #bookish #bookishlife #bookworm #reads #reading #kitchenconfidential #anthonybourdain #bookshelf #igreads #instaread #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #booklover
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.
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Gives me great great pleasure to invite you to the launch of my new cookbook An Indian Sense for Salad on October 24, 2018 at Mustard Restaurant Atria Mall Worli. The event is free and open to all but you need to register at 9619991166. If you wish to stay on for dinner please book your table separately for after the event is over. Look forward to seeing you for the demo and Q&A #anindiansenseofsalad #taradeshpandecooks @penguinindia @penguinukbooks @penguinrandomhouse #food #salads #mumbaievents @fbci_official @foodandwine @foodbloggerai @hindustantimes @middayindia @freepressjournal @shethepeopletv
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.
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“If it were a sneaker drop there’d be lines down the block. — Pre-ordered mine in August, before it hit all those “best” lists, and will soon be rewarded. You get yours?” – @sarah_meier We haven’t grabbed our copy yet but our girl @victoria_herrera said she spotted them at @_fullybooked! 😍 Make sure to pick up the #iamafilipinocookbook this weekend. #iamafilipinocookbook #foodtlph #readtlph #trylocalph 📷 via @jeepneynyc
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.