Did I mention how I always loved research when I was in school? I can be methodical when I set my heart to it. Pulling different ideas together and seeing the connections - it can be very rewarding. Sometimes I wonder if I should have pursue a career in the research field.
I digress - because I can never think straight. This is an expanded reading list - I'm probably not going to tackle all of them. But it will be a good guide when I search the library.
The book I am most excited about is Wendy Johnson's Gardening at the Dragon's Gate. But the book seems to be under-going reprint or something. It's out of stock from the distributors and I will not be able to place an order for it at the moment. That, and it's not available from the local library. I sigh.
I'm reading Tender at the Bone right now, and loving it. Ruth Reichl's light and humorous memoir of the people who influence her culinary passions makes me want to read all her books. Hopefully this weekend I can pick up Comfort Me With Apples (Anyone else smiled at the M.F.K. Fisher reference? It takes very little to delight me) and Garlic and Sapphires.
I've re-organised the reading list. I started the list as part of the research for the novel I am writing (very slowly). I am interested in how we approach food, and by extension, how we approach the other aspects of our lives - family, friends,lovers - and aspirations. Oh, yes - the farming/gardening aspect is relevant.
So, I've divided the list into a primary reading list - books with themes directly relevant to my novel (oh, it sounds so exciting). Other books that are of interest - and I might pick them up one day just because I want to - I've included them in the Supplementary List.
Thank you for all the suggestions.
Slightly Updated Research Reading List:
- The Art of Eating, M.F.K. Fisher (I have tremendous respect for her, and I feel that I need to re-read some of her writings)
- Gardening at the Dragon's Gate, Wendy Johnson
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver [thanks Andi & ToujoursJacques]
- In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan (I actually have the proof around the house)
- My Life in France, Julia Child [thanks Yogamum]
- The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, Jacques Pepin [thanks ToujoursJacques]
- Heat, Bill Buford
- The Art of Simple Food, Alice Waters
- Alice Waters and Chez Panisse, Thomas McNamee
- The Soul of a Chef, Michael Ruhlman
- The Reach of a Chef, Michael Ruhlman
- The Devil in the Kitchen, Marco Pierre White
- Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
- The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn (well, it's a free proof)
- The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute, Michael Ruhlman [Darla, I trust you]
- Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, Phoebe Damrosch (the HarperCollins people are trying to sell it to me)
- Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, Jenni Ferrari-Adler (again, free proof)
- On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee
- The Joy of Cooking [The BIBLE - recommended by Doc Martian]