I am a serious foodie. I can confidently say that eating is my favourite activity. Who else can agree? I love baking, cooking, planning meals and everything that involves food. I’ve also started to love reading about food because it gives me lots of inspiration for new different meals to cook and foods to try. Over the years, I’ve read MANY food books and collected my favourites together for you guys. Be prepared to get hungry…
1. Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins At The Family Table by Jenny Rosenstrach
If you’re struggling with what to cook from week to week for your family meals, check this book out. There are so many different meal ideas, even for the fussy eaters too! The best thing about the recipes that Rosenstrach provides is that they are simple, quick and easy, oh and delicious of course. You’ll fall in love with her writing as she talks to the readers like they are friends. As well as learn so much about different foods and ingredients that do and don’t go well together in the kitchen. This cookbook is a classic.
2. Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health by Amy Kalafa
This is less of a cookbook and more of a self-help book for parents who want to take control of their children’s diets. She outlines the negative effects of not following a balanced diet for your child and the many benefits a healthy/ balanced diet can have on your children. Such as learning, attention, athletic performance, emotional stability and so much more! She talks about how the school and parents both need to make a great effort to deliver consistent messages to educate the children. And how cafeterias commonly can contradict these messages!
3. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch by Jennifer Reese
This book gives an eye-opening account of what you should/ shouldn’t bother cooking and why. In fact, it was voted the best holiday gift for foodies by the New York Times. Essentially, it will save lots of time in the kitchen by suggesting what to make and what to buy. There are 120 delicious recipes to work your way through! All whilst helping you save time in your kitchen.
4. Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub
Schaub was a confessed food lover and sugar addict. She shares her journey towards healthy eating after educating herself on the scary potential consequences of eating consuming too much sugar. Such as increased risk of heart diseases, like heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes. Despite the misleading title, it’s not a book that is telling you to completely cut sugar out of your diet. Rather, how to be more aware of the sugar you’re consuming and avoiding foods with excess sugar. You’ll be surprised how much sugar is in some foods that she mentions! It’s a great book to educate yourself on sugar intake so you’re fully aware.
5. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
I would seriously suggest this book to anyone with visions of one day opening their own restaurant. It gives many gem pieces of advice that will unquestionably help you towards its success. This book tells the incredibly interesting story of Mollys and Brandon’s relationship and their dream to open a pizza restaurant which became a reality. It gives insights into how to start on a budget, develop a menu, hire the correct staff and passing inspections. It highlights the struggles your relationship can face during these periods and how to overcome them. Oh, and 20 simple but delicious recipes!
6. Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of Service an Eavesdropping Waitress by Phoebe Damrosch
This book will allow you to immerse yourself in a world full of fine dining through the ears and eyes of a waitress. Phoebe Damrosch worked at the famous Per Se french restaurant located in New York for many years. Eventually, she became the only female captain at the restaurant, and you’ll soon find out why. It tells the tale of Damrosch obsession with food and her amusing, eye-opening, and sometimes shocking experiences in the highly competitive world of fine dining.