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An Economist Gets Lunch – Tyler Cowen

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies, by Tyler Cowen, is really two books in one.  The first is about where and how to find food that is tasty and reasonably priced.  The second is about solving the world’s food problems.  The overall effect would be better if this book were actually broken into…

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Michael Pollan – In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the world of food today. His latest book Cooked, (which I have yet to look at), hit the bestseller lists earlier this year, and still can be found in copious quantity at your local book chain. Earlier this year, despite my natural aversion to bestsellers, I…

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Becoming Bread – Gunilla Norris

Becoming Bread review Earlier this year during Lent, I participated in a small group out of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, which was focused on bread making as a spiritual discipline.  Our leader for the sessions was Ryan Stoesz, a parishioner who is one of the bakers at Tall Grass Prairie Bakery at the Forks. During…

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Blood, Bones & Butter-Gabrielle Hamilton

The front cover of Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, contains a rather fulsome blurb from celebrity food writer and chef, Anthony Bourdain.  I can’t say that I share Mr. Bourdain’s enthusiasm in its entirety, but this is indeed a great food memoir. One of the things that makes it…

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Adam Gopnik – The Table Comes First

A review of The Table Comes First, by Adam Gopnik From the back cover of Adam Gopnik’s The Table Comes First:  Family, France and the Meaning of Food.   Never before have we cared so much about food.  It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. What is the meaning of food? …

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Alice, Let’s Eat – Calvin Trillin

“The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.” A. J. Liebling Calvin Trillin, author of Alice, Let’s Eat, is a writer clearly convinced of the wisdom of Liebling’s dictum.  Alice, Let’s Eat, subtitled Further Adventures of A Happy Eater, recounts Trillin’s love of food, and the lengths, generally humorous, that he would…

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My Favourite Food Book – The Supper of the Lamb

The Supper of the Lamb, my favourite food book. Over the last year or two, I’ve been reading a lot of food books.  I have some criteria as to what books I read.  I don’t read cookbooks.  I’ll read books with recipes in them, but the recipes can’t be the central focus of the book. …

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Catching Fire – Richard Wrangham

Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made us Human – Richard Wrangham* *Not to be confused with the volume of The Hunger Games trilogy that bears the same name. Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made us Human, by Richard Wrangham is less a book about food, as it is a book about how cooking our food accounts for our evolutionary…

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Whitebread Protestants – Daniel Sack

 Whitebread Protestants:  Food and Religion in American Culture What do Welch’s Grape Juice and Graham Crackers have in common?  They are both products that arose out attempts by committed Christians to bring their faith to bear on the food they ate.  These are just two of many interesting tidbits that populate the book Whitebread Protestants:…