Books @ Main: Food Writing


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain TX649 .B58 A3 2000 (Main)
You may recognize Anthony Bourdain as a TV personality – hosting travel and food shows such as No Reservations and Parts Unknown – and writer but he began his career as a culinary student and chef in various New York City kitchens. Kitchen Confidential is a memoir about his time in the restaurant business. Bourdain writes about his experiences with wit and honesty – he includes even the most shocking details and bold observations. This is a must-read for culinary students and anyone who is curious about what goes on behind-the-scenes in your favorite eatery.
index (1)The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan HD9005.M374 2012 (Main)
Journalist Tracie McMillan goes undercover in three areas of the food industry – farms, groceries, and restaurants – to find out about the food that the average American eats. She spends time around the dinner table, works and lives as a California farmhand, stocks produce shelves in Walmart, and works as a an expediter in the kitchen of an Applebee’s restaurant. McMillan attempts to immerse herself in life as an average employee and discovers that it is often difficult for those working in the food industry to access and afford good food themselves. This book is a nice mix of research, character-driven storytelling, and observation of food politics in America.
index (2)Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook & Eat by Bee Wilson EBOOK
Consider the Fork is a unique history of food that explores the evolution of cooking technology. Bee Wilson, a food writer and historian, provides a detailed look at many kitchen inventions and connects them to the cultural and social events of their time, as well as their current place in our culinary lives. Wilson also covers cooking technology that has remained unchanged since its invention and others that faded into obscurity. This is an entertaining book that will make you realize there is more to your kitchen than you may have imagined..