recommended reads for food lovers

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Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a good read. In the midst of the holidays, take some quiet time to immerse yourself in a great story. Here are some of our recommended reads for food lovers.



If you’re looking for….a story on cooking and the bond it creates:

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey is an intimate true-story about Molly Wizenberg, author and creator of the successful blog Orangette, and her husband’s journey to open their first restaurant. Wizenberg offers an honest look into the wonderful yet unexpected challenges of starting a business as a couple and translating their love for home cooking to their Seattle-based restaurant. She shares her story with the voice of a dear friend – inspired and vulnerable throughout. An added bonus?  Delicious and accessible recipes, like Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad or Coconut Rice Pudding, are woven throughout the chapters.Delancey will likely earn a spot on your shelf next to your favorite cookbooks.

Editor’s Note: If this sounds enticing, you may want to read Wizenberg’s first book, A Homemade Life, which is just as lovely.


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If you’re looking for…an insider’s look into the processed food industry:

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Salt, Sugar, Fat, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, is a no-nonsense investigative look into the processed food industry and why it has become such a fixation in our diets. Michael Moss divides the book into parts that illustrate why major processed food companies base their success on the skillful manipulation of these three major ingredients – salt, sugar and fat. Moss takes readers behind the curtain with big name companies, like Coca-Cola and Kraft, and discusses the science behind the ever sought after “bliss point” that leads so many Americans to toss processed food into their grocery carts week after week. Food giants are not all bad – many have made and continue to make attempts at developing nutritious food products. However, it is ultimately up to consumers to be educated on what is best for us.


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If you’re looking for…a cookbook filled with crowd-pleasers:

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is known for her cheery demeanor and flawless recipes. Garten’s cooking show on the Food Network, Barefoot Contessa, invites viewers into her Hampton’s home as she stirs up delectable recipes that seem to waft their way through the television. After receiving countless inquiries from home chefs asking if her recipes can be made in advance, Garten’s cookbook shares her favorite recipes that save home cooks time and stress in the kitchen.  Editor’s note: My mom and I often say that we have never tasted a bad recipe from Ina Garten and we have tried many of them. With no strange ingredients or complicated tasks, the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes really are ones that you will make over and over again. Highlights: Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart and a Decadent Chocolate Cake that even your gluten-free guests can enjoy!



If you’re looking for…a read that will inspire you to spend more time in the kitchen:

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is a recognized author, contributor to the New York Times and named one of Time magazine’one hundred most influential people in the world. Needless to say, Pollan has a wealth of knowledge and insight to share about the role food plays in our lives. In reading Cooked, readers will gain (or regain) incentive for taking matters of health and wellness into their own hands through the power of cooking. As Pollan shares in Cooked, “Reclaiming control of cooking may be the single most important step we can take to improve our health as well as the health of the American food system.” This book will leave the reader inspired, well informed and motivated to spend more time in the kitchen.


We’d love to hear from you in the comments! What book will you read? Or, do you have a food-related book? Tell us in the comments below!



courtney mcgowanCourtney McGowan is a freelance writer who recently moved from Boston to San Diego. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Master of Science in Health Communication program and currently works at the University of California San Diego in the Research Ethics department. She enjoys running, cooking, NPR and chocolate. She strives to educate others about various topics in health and wellness. Twitter: @courtasee // Instagram: @courtneym913 // LinkedIn


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  1. Bruce Tillinghast
    Bruce Tillinghast says:

    Hello Court,
    Nice job ! And it reminded me that I have wanted to read Michael Pollen’s book “Cooked”

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