I am a sucker for books that center around food, -books that leave me in drooling and craving mode. I aspire to write a book that inspires appreciation of food. I find inspiration in reading books of a similar niche. These are some of the ones that I have read (or currently reading) in the recent year:
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Dangler
Okay, I am not too crazy about this one, but it is the one that I am currently reading. I am about halfway in to this New York Times Bestseller. I was so looking forward to reading Sweetbitter, especially since it was referenced as a modern day “Kitchen Confidential” or whatever. The setting of the book is in the same niche as the book that I am currently (yes, STILL) working on. So, I thought it’d be interesting to read from the POV of “the other side”. Well, ___pages in, and I am keep reading for the sake of learning the dos and don’ts of writing a similar niched novel. First thing on the DO list: track down her publicist!
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
Delicious is one of my favorite foodie books. It was one of those moments where I strolled into Barnes & Noble to pick up a specific book, they didn’t have it, I browsed around, picked up a few books to read the blurbs, and bam~ was sold on Delicious. It was one of those books I could not put down.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
I aspire to write like Bourdain. I love his raw and unfiltered writing style. He delves into the brutal reality of the BOH world, as I often do. He has seen and experienced some shit in the decades that he has been in the industry, while my time spent in the industry pales to almost nothing in comparison. The time served seems to parallel in his writing.
L.A. Son by Roy Choi
Another acclaimed chef whose writing style I admire. Loved it. I did not know it was part cookbook when I first got it. Along with a great story, L.A. Son is filled with delicious looking dishes and recipes that I have yet to try.
Nuts by Alice Clayton
I loved “Wallbanger”, so I greatly anticipated the release of “Nuts” when it came out last year. As expected, the writer did not disappoint in delivering the steamy and the hilarious, which may not always be easy to do simultaneously. But she nailed it.
There are many more books that I have yet to read, but I know a couple of books that I will be reading for sure in the near future:
My life in France by Julia Child
Summer Pudding by Tamsin Flowers