Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War - Annia Ciezadlo

If you’re one of those people for whom a neighborhood shawarma stand is as necessary as a coffeeshop or a WiFi hotspot (or a bookstore!), you will be delighted to discover Annia Ciezadlo’s memoir of living, reporting, cooking, and eating in the Middle East. Like all great food writing, Day Of Honey (Free Press, $26) covers more than cuisine—it’s the story of Ciezadlo’s marriage into a fractious Lebanese family and her career as a war correspondent in Baghdad and Beirut. But food is the foundation: as Ciezadlo confesses, “I am always, always hungry.” Whether she is zig-zagging Baghdad’s ancient neighborhoods to dine with her sources or shopping with the founders of Lebanon’s slow-food movement, Ciezadlo’s culinary wanderings provide an intimate portrait of daily life in wartime. Her recipe collection is a mouthwatering bonus.

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ISBN: 9781416583943
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Published: Free Press - February 14th, 2012

Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain brings his wit, snark, and love of cooking to bear on the current culinary landscape in Medium Raw (Ecco, $15.99). What separates Bourdain from other food writers is his obvious love for the craft and his inability to spare feelings, including his own. Hilarious and puncturing takes on his work with The Food Network, the pomposity (and talent) of Alice Waters, and the surreal set of Top Chef are balanced by confessional passages about his own failings as a cook and a person. Bourdain venerates the passion and commitment to cooking while deflating those he believes are doing it a disservice. Whether you end up agreeing with him or not, you will laugh
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ISBN: 9780061718953
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2011

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love - Kristin Kimball

Part memoir, part how-to, THE DIRTY LIFE: On Farming, Food, and Love (Scribner, $15) by Kristin Kimball, provides an insider’s look at the challenges of creating a sustainable farm in upstate New York. A former Lower East Side resident, Kimball falls for Mark while researching a story about his farming endeavors in Pennsylvania. Amidst a courtship and a move to a leased farm in Essex, New York, Kristin and Mark develop 500 dilapidated acres into a working farm that feeds a small community of over 100 people. With stories ranging from buying outdated farm equipment at an auction in Amish country to chasing cattle down Main Street, Kristen recalls a year’s worth of trials and tribulations on the farm. Her writing, whether about driving the draft horses or heating up the farmhouse, is both enlightening and entertaining.

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ISBN: 9781416551614
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Published: Scribner - April 12th, 2011