15 Food Memoirs Worth Sinking Your Teeth Into
A good meal usually has a good story behind it, but that’s just one of the reasons food memoirs have been on the rise the past few years. With so many cultures using cooking and eating as a form of expression, it helps create some of our favorite, longest-lasting memories. Here, we’ve rounded up 15 of the absolute best food memoirs out there. From the classic Julia Child to the buzzy food blogger Molly Wizenberg, these memoirs are are as easy to devour as your favorite meal.
recipe at the end of each chapter!), Molly Wizenberg reveals what it was like when her husband dropped out of grad school to open up a pizza place. Many, many pizza experiments later, they survived the restaurant’s opening with their marriage in tact. Warning: You will crave gooey, cheesy pizza while reading this, so stock up on the mozzarella.
family dinners, where Anya, her mom and her grandmother would pass along stories of their family’s history while they cooked and ate. This book is as rich in culture as it is in delicious Russian meals.
The Devil in the Kitchen is the bad goy of the genre, about perhaps the first ever celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White. It’s about his journey from growing up in a working class part of Britain to becoming one of the most respected (and feared) chefs in the game. And it helps explain that temper he’s known for.
French cooking, but it took her a lot of trial and error to become a successful chef. She basically lives out every woman’s dream: moving to France, taking cooking classes at Corden Bleu and eating up all the French culture around her. But her story somehow comes across as 100 percent enjoyable, not braggy. Trust us on this one.
Can You Stay For Dinner? blogger Andie Mitchell is getting well-deserved praise for addressing our society’s complicated relationship with food. Mitchell lost 135 pounds, but realized that being thin didn’t bring happiness, busting a huge societal myth that’s prevalent in our culture today. Mitchell tells her story in an honest, relatable way and explains how she went from using food as a comforting tool to developing a practice of mindful eating.
tarte. While so excited to leave her home city behind at 18, in her 30s she begins to explore her past in more ways that one. The result is a rich exploration of the food, culture and family history rooted deep within her.
cooking shortly after his mother died. Nigel and the housekeeper cook together, awakening in Slater a lifelong passion for cooking.
relationships, moves and family problems. Her memoir shows how food nourishes the soul, not just the body.
kitchens all over the world. Get to know the makeshift families who fed her abroad and relish in the struggles and triumphs of opening her own restaurant.
married at age 19. Her marriage didn’t last, but her love for cooking did, and she cooks readers through the adventures of her divorce, having a child, falling in love with someone new and even meeting her birth mother.
exotic food craze to forbidden food traffickers, it’s an interesting look at what cuisine means nowadays.
Jewish history. But when she starts cooking some of her family’s favorite meals, she begins to realize the value in preserving her culture. Spending time in the kitchen with her mother, a Holocaust survivor, also gives her the opportunity to hear stories that are a valuable part of her family history.
book-club favorite and the Julia Roberts movie on which it’s based, you really are missing out. Broken after a divorce, magazine writer Elizabeth Gilbert decides to spend extensive time in Italy eating, in India praying, and in Bali… well, she isn’t sure what she’s to do in Bali yet, but the title kind of gives that away. You’ll love going on this journey with her, and will also crave a big bowl of pasta afterwards.
across the country during a big move, meeting lots of colorful extended family members and cooking up tons of food. It’s one entertaining read.
Martha Stewart. But despite her faithful devotion to traditionalism, her life didn’t turn out as she planned. Her journey through marriage, motherhood, divorce and a new relationship with a woman is captured in this heartwarming memoir.