Foodie Reads for the Holiday
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
Getting ready for the holidays can be stressful. Instead of fretting about cooking, how about immersing yourself in a pre-Thanksgiving foodie read to get you in the mood. In fact, these three books may have you wanting a Thanksgiving dinner from a great restaurant delivered to your door instead of banging around the kitchen.
Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger by Lisa Donovan
Donovan’s searing, beautiful, and searching chronicle of reclaiming her own story and the narrative of the women who came before her. Her family’s matriarchs found strength and passion through food, and they inspired Donovan’s accomplished career. Donovan’s love language is hospitality, and she wants to welcome everyone to the table of good food and fairness.
Memorial by Bryan Washington
Katia and Andrea both loved this book, especially the food. From the New York Times review: “Implicit in a book about changing relationships and titled “Memorial” is the question of what is being preserved. The book preserves Houston and Osaka. It preserves the feeling of being young and lost. It preserves the food that gives us comfort and nourishment and purpose.” Read Katia’s review here.
Eat a Peach by David Chang
In 2004, Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny, stark space in Manhattan's East Village. Its young chef-owner, David Chang, worked the line, serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups. In Eat a Peach, Chang lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession.