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Best Food Writing Books to Read

Our list of some of the best Food Writing books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More (2015)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadWith recipe-driven blogs, cookbooks, reviews, and endless foodie websites, food writing is ever in demand. In this award-winning guide, noted journalist and writing instructor Dianne Jacob offers tips and strategies for getting published and other ways to turn your passion into cash, whether it’s in print or online. With insider secrets and helpful advice from award-winning writers, agents, and editors, Will Write for Food is still the essential guide to go from starving artist to well-fed writer….
Author(s): Dianne Jacob

2. Best American Food Writing 2018 (The Best American Series ®) (2018)

Best Food Writing Books to Read“Food writing is stepping out,” legendary food writer Ruth Reichl declares at the start of this, the inaugural edition of Best American Food Writing. “It’s about time…Food is, in a very real sense, redesigning the world.” Indeed, the twenty-eight pieces in this volume touch on every pillar of society: from the sense memories that connect a family through food, to the scientific tinkering that gives us new snacks to share, to the intersections of culinary culture with some of our most significant political issues. At times a celebration, at times a…
Author(s): Ruth Reichl, Silvia Killingsworth

3. The Best American Food Writing 2019 (The Best American Series ®) (2019)

Best Food Writing Books to Read“Good food writing evokes the senses,” writes Samin Nosrat, best-selling author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and star of the Netflix adaptation of the book. “It makes us consider divergent viewpoints. It makes us hungry and motivates us to go out into the world in search of new experiences. It charms and angers us, breaks our hearts, and gives us hope. And perhaps most importantly, it creates empathy within us.” Whether it’s the dizzying array of Kit Kats in Japan, a reclamation of the queer history of tapas, or a spotlight on a day in the life of a restaurant inspector, the work…
Author(s): Samin Nosrat, Silvia Killingsworth

4. Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing (2016)

Best Food Writing Books to Read“Food writing spans centuries and philosophies. . . . At long last there’s a Norton Anthology with all the most important works.”―EaterEdited by influential literary critic Sandra M. Gilbert and award-winning restaurant critic and professor of English Roger Porter, Eating Words gathers food writing of literary distinction and vast historical sweep into one groundbreaking volume. Beginning with the taboos of the Old Testament and the tastes of ancient Rome, and including travel essays, polemics, memoirs, and poems, the book is divided into sections such as “Food Writing Through…
Author(s): Sandra M. Gilbert, Roger J. Porter, et al.

5. Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet (Modern Library Food) (2005)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadA glorious, edible tour of Paris through six decades of writing from Gourmet magazine, edited and introduced by Ruth ReichlFor sixty years the best food writers have been sending dispatches from Paris to Gourmet. Collected here for the first time, their essays create a unique and timeless portrait of the world capital of love and food. When the book begins, just after the war, we are in a hungry city whose chefs struggle to find the eggs and cream they need to re-create the cuisine from before the German occupation. We watch as Paris comes alive again with zinc-topped tables crowded with people drinking café au lait and reveling in…
Author(s): Gourmet Magazine Editors, Ruth Reichl

6. Best Food Writing 2015 (2015)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadAnthony Bourdain, John T. Edge, Jonathan Gold, Francis Lam, Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Alice Waters. These are just some of the celebrated writers and foodies whose work has appeared in Best Food Writing over the past fifteen years. Whether written by an established journalist or an up-and-coming blogger, the essays offered in each edition represent the cream of that year’s crop in food writing. And 2015 promises to uphold the same high standards with a dynamic mix of writers offering provocative journalism, intriguing profiles, moving memoir, and more….
Author(s): Holly Hughes

7. You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1) (2018)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadGood food is the common ground shared by all of us, and immigration is fundamental to good food. In nineteen thoughtful and engaging essays and stories, You and I Eat the Same explores the ways in which cooking and eating connect us across cultural and political borders, making the case that we should think about cuisine as a collective human effort in which we all benefit from the movement of people, ingredients, and ideas.   An awful lot of attention is paid to the differences and distinctions between us, especially when it comes to food. But the…
Author(s): Chris Ying, René Redzepi , et al.

8. Food: A Reader for Writers (2014)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadRead. Write. Oxford. From the hearty dishes of the American South to hotly debated GMOs, Food: A Reader for Writers serves up articles from a wide range of cultures, economic strata, and moments in time. It covers food’s relationship to such topics as memory and identity, politics and health, the environment and economy, and travel and worldviews. Developed for courses in first-year writing, Food: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and analytical strategies required to participate effectively in discussions about food…
Author(s): Deborah H. Holdstein, Danielle Aquiline

9. Best Food Writing 2017 (2017)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadFrom small-town bakeries to big city restaurants, Best Food Writing offers a bounty of everything in one place. For eighteen years, Holly Hughes has scoured both the online and print world to serve up the finest collection of food writing. This year, Best food Writing delves into the intersection of fine dining and food justice, culture and ownership, tradition and modernity; as well as profiles on some of the most fascinating people in the culinary world today. Once again, these standout essays–compelling, hilarious, poignant, illuminating–speak to the core of our hearts and fill our bellies. Whether…
Author(s): Holly Hughes

10. Best Food Writing 2013 (2013)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadBest Food Writing is the place where readers and food writers meet to celebrate the most delicious prose of the year—serving up everything to whet your appetite from entertaining blogs to provocative journalism. This year’s edition includes food writing stars (Michael Pollan, Pete Wells, and Jonathan Gold) as well as intriguing new voices (Matt Goulding and Erin Byers Murray) and celebrated chef-writers (Gabrielle Hamilton and Eddie Huang) for yet another collection of “strong writing on fascinating topics that will appeal to foodies and essay lovers alike” (Kirkus Reviews).Contributors include: Katie…
Author(s): Holly Hughes

11. American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes: A Library of America Special Publication (2009)

Best Food Writing Books to ReadIn this groundbreaking anthology, celebrated food writer Molly O’Neill gathers the very best from over 250 years of American culinary history. This literary feast includes classic accounts of iconic American foods: Henry David Thoreau on the delights of watermelon; Herman Melville, with a mouth-watering chapter on clam chowder; H. L. Mencken on the hot dog; M. F. K. Fisher in praise of the oyster; Ralph Ellison on the irresistible appeal of baked yam; William Styron on Southern fried chicken. American writers abroad, like A. J. Liebling, Waverly Root, and Craig Claiborne, describe the…
Author(s): Molly O’Neill

Best Food Writing Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some food writing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Food and Masculinity in Contemporary Autobiographies: Cast-Iron Man

Author(s): Nieves Pascual Soler
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179954

The Best American Food Writing 2018

Author(s): Ruth Reichl
Publisher: Best American Paper, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2387971

The Food Plot in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Author(s): Michael Parrish Lee
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1605439

Best food writing 2015

Author(s): Hughes, Holly
Publisher: Da Capo Press;Da Capo Lifelong Books, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1421502

The Secret of Great Italian Cooking: Recipes and Reflections of a Love Shared Through Food 2015

Author(s): Haughey, Monica; Haughey, Monica; Furnari, Maria Grazia; Furnari, Maria Grazia
Publisher: Original Writing Ltd, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2082472

Get Started in Food Writing

Author(s): Kerstin Rodgers
Publisher: Teach Yourself, Year: 2015, Size: 252 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2086648

The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook: More Than 100 Years of Sizzling Food Writing and Recipes

Author(s): Peter Kaminsky, Mark Bittman
Publisher: Sterling Epicure, Year: 2014, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1169904

Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing

Author(s): Francis Lam, John T. Edge
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Year: 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1173988

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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