Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Feasting 2014

Every fall, as the temperatures begin to drop and the days grow shorter, I find myself thinking more and more of spending time in the kitchen - simmering soups, baking breads, creating casseroles. I've also found myself drawn to reading more about food and for the past few years and spent a good part of my reading time devoted to books that relate, in some way, to food. I seem never to have any shortage of books to choose from and, even without picking up any new "foodie" books this year, I've got plenty to read again this year.

Since I also signed up for the Foodies Read challenge again this year, I'll be knocking that challenge off with this reading as well. And, because my first book for Fall Feasting 2014 will be Jaspreet Singh's Chef, I'll also be satisfying the A More Diverse Universe challenge. Win-win!

The books in my pile for this year are:

1. Chef  by Jaspreet Singh
2. Extra Virgin by Annie Hawes
3. The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
4. Five Quarters of An Orange by Joanne Harris
5. Harvest by Richard Horan
6. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
7. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Finn

What's your favorite foodie book? Favorite cookbook?


  1. among other things we love Italian cooking, so I would have to say my favourite cookbook is "Marcella Cucina" by Marcella Hazan.

    1. I love eating Italian but I think I'm too lazy to cook it too often. I've even got a pasta machine but it takes so long to do that I've only used it a couple of times!

  2. I love foodie books! The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is a favorite. I'm in the middle of Ruth Reichl's novel, Delicious, and enjoying it quite well. I've read her nonfiction and am pleased to say that she is also a very good novelist. Thanks for the reminder about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I downloaded it to my Nook over a year ago and still haven't made time to read it!

  3. I have Animal Vegetable Miracle to read as well. One day.

    I liked Julie and Julia. :)

  4. I'm getting antsy to bake bread, though it's not nearly cool enough here yet.

    I'm currently reading Kitchen Confidential and it has me looking at restaurants/kitchens in a whole new light. I listened to a radio story on The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu and it's up next on my non-fiction list.

  5. Yes, it is definitely the season for soup! I love cooking in the fall--I make soups and casseroles and quick bread and chili and all the stuff I don't make in the summer because of the heat.

    I loved Chocolat and have wanted to read more by Joanne Harris, but haven't yet. I'll be eager to see what you think of her book as well as the others on your list.

  6. I just finished The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister in audio and absolutely loved it. I can't get to The Lost Art of Mixing. I also really enjoyed Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good and hope you do too. I'll have to look for your reviews of the others and I'm always looking for a foodie book but haven't heard of any of these.