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Top 25 best food memoirs

Posted by: Lee Svitak Dean under Chefs, On the national scene Updated: October 17, 2013 - 4:23 PM

 

 

Grub Street (New York magazine's online food presence) offers its list of Top 25 food memoirs,prompted by the large number of that genre to be published this fall.

Missing from the list are the books I would put at #1 and #2. "A Day of Honey: A memoir of food, love, and war," by Annia Ciezadlo and the very recent "Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking," by Anya von Bremzen (reviewed in this week's Taste section).

What would be on your list? Remember that these are food memoirs and not cookbooks.

Here is the Grub Street list:

25. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

24. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

23. The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

22. The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

21. A Tiger in the Kitchen by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

20. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

19. Born Round by Frank Bruni

18. Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen

17. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin

16. Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey

15. Shark's Fin & Sichuan Pepper by Fuschia Dunlop

14. Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

13. The Raw and the Cooked by Jim Harrison

12. The Man who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

11. Alice, Let's Eat by Calvin Trillin

10. California Dish by Jeremiah Tower

9. When French Women Cook by Madeleine Kamman

8. Heat by Bill Buford

7. Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

6. Between Meals by A.J. Liebling

5. My Life in France by Julia Child

4. The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

3. Toast by Nigel Slater

2. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

1. Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

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