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100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking

March 10, 2017

Here’s what I get when I enter “cookbooks” into Amazon’s search box: 1-16 of 241,338 results for “cookbooks.”

A while ago, Amazon.com published a pretty ambitious list that is now a little dated: 100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking. I will admit that many of the books on the list are getting a little dated, but it’s still a useful reference.

I was happy to see a lot of biographies, memoirs and autobiographies on the list. I narrowed it down for you, here. But this is also a short list, if you like.

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain.
+ Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.) Paperback – May 3, 2011, by Anthony Bourdain

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen Paperback – December 8, 2015
by Jacques Pépin

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Paperback – January 24, 2012
by Gabrielle Hamilton

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories Hardcover – April 8, 2014
by David Lebovitz

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle) Paperback – May 25, 2010
by Ruth Reichl

The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback – March 5, 2004
by M.F.K. Fisher

My Life in France Paperback – October 9, 2007
by Julia Child (Author), Alex Prud’homme

The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef Paperback – May 27, 2008
by Marco Pierre White

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader’s Circle)May 25, 2010
by Ruth Reichl

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America Paperback – March 31, 2009
by Michael Ruhlman

The Man Who Ate EverythingOct 27, 1998
by Jeffrey Steingarten

  • The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Hardcover – October 18, 2016
    by Marcus Samuelsson

  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir
    by Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers (Paperback)

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