The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue

During Nonfiction November, I came across a recommendation of David Sax’s last book, The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue on Paper Breathers‘s blog. It had all the markers of something I thought I’d like, so I decided to listen to it on audiobook during a recent road trip. As IContinue reading “The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue”

Bon Appétempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)

Growing up, Amelia Morris was never a foodie, and it wasn’t until she was in her twenties that she decided to test her cooking skills. Despite never having made a cake from scratch — or having much of any kitchen experience whatsoever — she was dazzled by a beautiful chocolate-peppermint cake in Bon Appétit magazine and decidedContinue reading “Bon Appétempt: A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!)”

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

I love food. I love books about food. And most of all, I love learning about the politics of food: how it’s produced, who it gets eaten by, the impact it has on culture and the environment, etc. It’s always been fascinating to me that almost every basic food item you have in your kitchenContinue reading “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us”

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Lucy Knisley has lived the kind of foodie life I often fantasize about. As the daughter of an artist-turned-chef mother and fine dining-obsessed father, she’s always had a special relationship with food. Hers were the type of parents who fed their infant daughter poached salmon in cream following her baptism and saw to it thatContinue reading “Relish: My Life in the Kitchen”

The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France

I first encountered John Baxter’s writing a few years ago when I came across Immoveable Feast, about the planning and creation of a French Christmas feast. Baxter had me — a longtime vegetarian — craving all of the amazing meat-based and/or fat-enhanced courses he so elegantly described. Baxter, an Australian expat now married to a FrenchContinue reading “The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France”