So here’s a list of books I’ve been reading! I read for the fun of it, but most importantly to learn new ways of cooking, or to learn the history of certain foods and cultures. All of these books I bought listening to my two favorite podcasts; Gastropod and The Sporkful, which by the way I highly recommend you listen too!
Books I am reading now!
Tiny Hot Dogs – I really enjoied this book as I can relate somehow. My wife and I have similar paths as the author and her husband. “From awkward schoolgirl to Caterer to the Stars, Mary Giuliani weaves together a collection of hilarious memories, from professional growing pains to her long journey to motherhood, never losing her sense of humor and her love for everyone’s favorite party food, pigs in a blanket.”
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) I just started this one. My second read of 2020. So far is quite interesting and having worked in the busyness, I relate a lot to it so far. It’s fun, accurate, and interesting.
The Donut King: The Rags to Riches Story of a Poor Immigrant Who Changed the World The first book read in the new year 2020! I heard about this book in the podcast The Sporkful, is written by Ted Ngoy, The Donut Kim himself.
Puerto Rico en la olla: ?Somos a?n lo que comimos? by Cruz Miguel Ort?z Cuadra (2006-05-04) A deep look at Puerto Rican food history. The ingredients and dishes that are synonimous with Puerto Rican identity. From the history of how rice came to the Island, to why we eat codfish.
A great read is Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman. The book shows the history of the eight flavors that have gne main stream sometimes without us even realizing it. Sarah works with institutions around the country to create public programs focused on food after moving to New York City from Hinckley, Ohio. A very interesting book about the most dominant flavors in American cuisine. There’s a lot of stuff that I never knew. Sarah talks about vanilla, pepper, sriracha and other flavors that have influenced dishes all over America.
Also currently reading The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, this very interesting book is written by Matthew Gavin Frank an essayist and poet raised in Chicago. The book features a dish in each state that has been fundamental in that state’s history and culture.
Books bought in 2020
These are my latest books! As much as I am loving what I’m reading right now, I can’t wait to start on these.
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat – This is the second book bought in 2020. I think it’s going to be a great read. If you get it and read it or have read it already, let me know what you think!
Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites – This one caught my ear when I learned about it listening to an episode of The Sporkful. It sounds, in a way, of a very similar story as what my wife and I are, or have gone through in the food business. So it made sense to get it. There is a second copy coming so my wife can read it! Planning on reading it on our next getaway! And it will be the first book ever that we read at the same time!