Wednesday, May 08, 2013

True Stories to Savor

If you liked Donia Bijan’s Maman’s Homesick Pie, you might also dip into these other memoirs of women and the connection to food in their lives.

Amarcord, Marcella remembers : the remarkable life story of the woman who started out teaching science in a small town in Italy, but ended up teaching America how to cook Italian Amarcord-Marcella Hazan 641.5092

Credited with introducing classic Italian cooking to an American audience, Hazan traces her life: childhood in northern Italy, teaching science, marrying, living in the United States and Italy, coming full circle to teach cooking. Her cookbooks and cooking classes opened a new world to postwar home chefs looking to explore other cuisines.

Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef - Gabrielle Hamilton 641.5092

Hamilton has a passion for food and a passion for writing. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania with a French mother and a father who designed sets for the circus. Read on to discover how an MFA graduate created the successful restaurant Prune, with all her trials and triumphs along the way beautifully transcribed.

Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India - Madhur Jaffrey 641.5092

The food writer/actress paints a glowing portrait of her childhood in India in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Treasured memories combine with recipes from her extended family to entice the reader.

The tenth muse : my life in food - Judith Jones 641.59

The editor for many prominent authors (Julia Child, Anne Tyler , John Updike) Jones is passionate about food. Although she has a great appreciation of food from other cultures, she deeply regrets the decline of good American home cooking and abhors the use of additives. She shares memories of the authors and recipes from her past as well.

A tiger in the kitchen : a memoir of food and family - Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Born in the Year of the Tiger, Tan grew up in Singapore and moved to the United States to work in journalism. She missed the food of her childhood; she began commuting between New York and Singapore to learn from her aunties and her mother how to recreate their dishes in her American kitchen. Recipes are included.

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