Summer Reading/Cooking List 2012

I tend to go through books like most people go through movies or TV shows. I love reading and I also love cooking. Put the two together and you have a large selection of cookbooks and food or cooking related books that I find both entertaining and informative. This is a small collection of books I am currently reading or have read that I want to put out there as a suggestion for anyone who might be looking for something to read this summer.

Crave: The Feast of the Five Senses

The first book should be obvious. It is GastroPorn to the best extreme. Delicious Sounding Food + Excellent writing about food and cooking + Gorgeous Chef = MUST READ

I came across this book in a thrift store a few weeks ago and have actually been reading through all of it. Here is an excerpt:

Crave (pg. 32)



I got this book as a graduation gift from my English Department back in 2009. I didn’t actually start reading it until last month. The faculty in that department know me well (probably because I practically lived in their offices for several years) and have given me several books over the years to prove it. This is one of the best.

So far the most interesting thing I’ve read has been the recipe for flamingo found in this excerpt:

Taste (pg. 25)


The Dolce Vita Diaries: Stories from an Italian Olive Grove

This past Christmas my parents were in Indonesia so I had a little more time to order them a gift. Since one or more family members always seems to be missing on December 25 we usually celebrate Orthodox Christmas which is 3 weeks later and right after the spring semester has started so we’re usually all home. This year I got my parents a set of olive oils and this book to go with it.

I bought the book beforehand and read through it to make sure it would make a good gift. I’m not sure if either of them have actually read the book yet but I did and it’s very inspiring as well as entertaining. It’s a simple enough book to read and the story is not only about the couple (and their new baby) but about their olive grove. If you’ve ever dreamed about running off to a foreign country to cook and experience food from the source, this book is perfect.

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth

For Christmas a good friend of mine gave me this book. Because I went out of the country not long after receiving the book, I’ve looked through it but have yet to try any of the recipes and so it is on my Read + Cook List for this summer as well. The friend who gave it to me said that as soon as she saw “Shortbread Spoons” she knew I was probably the only person she knew who would actually do that and she really wanted to eat them.

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey(pg.27)

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (pg.26)

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (pg.28)


On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

This was another graduation gift book from and English professor (and his daughter) who attended my combined MBA graduation and birthday party in the spring of 2011. While it is more of a reference book, I have found it to be incredibly informative on just about everything food and cooking and I’m putting in on my own reading list this summer because I want to try and go through the entirety of the book. As a fan of molecular gastronomy and food science, this book is pure gastrotica goodness.

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