Happy World Book Day – what's your favourite book about food or drink?

It could be a cookbook, or a book with amazing descriptions about food or eating, or something else entirely

7w ago

It's #WorldBookDay! I'd love to know what your favourite book is about food or drink.

Do you cherish a favourite cookbook, or do you love the nostalgia and beautiful writing in Nigel Slater's Toast? Perhaps it's all about Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly for you, Bianca Bosker's Cork Dork... or maybe you just still love The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Whatever it is, I want to know! See you in the comments...!

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  • Ok, it's not a cookbook... it's a book about the love of food. "Il ristorante dell'amore ritrovato", Ito Ogawa (original Japanase title: Shokudo Katatsumuri). A quote "Cooking when you are angry, sad and in a bad mood" my grandmother always told me "is very risky, because our unhappy state of mind will certainly show through in the taste and arrangement of the food on the plates. When preparing food, you have to think of something beautiful and stay in front of the stove with joy and serenity ”.

      1 month ago
    • I love that. Not going to lie though, my thoughts are shallow and greedy when I'm in front of the stove.

        1 month ago
  • ‘s Oh Cook!! 📖👨🏻‍🍳

      1 month ago
  • The Physiology of Taste / Transcendental Gastronomy by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. What a fun to read!

      1 month ago
  • Have to say I immediately thought of Dickens - he describes things with such whimsical vividness, food and drink included. Anyway there's this passage in Great Expectations where the main character, Pip, with his sympathetic brother-in-law, Joe, are having dinner with their strict sister/wife and a cluster of unpleasant guests, all picking on Pip:

    "Joe's station and influence were something feebler (if possible) when there was company, than when there was none. But he always aided and comforted me when he could, in some way of his own, and he always did so at dinner-time by giving me gravy, if there were any. There being plenty of gravy today, Joe spooned into my plate, at this point, about half a pint."

    The subsequent cringing narrative is interrupted several times with "Joe gave me some more gravy". It's a small thing, but it makes me smirk.

      1 month ago
    • Speaking of great writers, Alexander Dumas comes to mind. He always had something to say about food. I also would like to throw in a song, well not exactly food and wine one, but... Paul Kelly "How to make gravy"!!!

        1 month ago
    • Added to my Spotify queue

        1 month ago
  • I honestly have to say that my favorite cookbook is James May’s Oh Cook just because the recipes are so simple and yet so delicious 😋

      1 month ago