Non-Fiction

This page will be used to gather all the non-fiction books challenge participants read.

*Non-Fiction for this challenge is any book focused on a particular food or food in general. It may also be a book about a method of food preparation or about the food industry or a diet guide or whatever. Use your own judgement here.

In the comment section, tell us the name and author of the book you read. Bloggers please leave a link to your review of the book. Non-bloggers, please leave a brief synopsis and/or your thoughts.

  1. Food by Laura K. Egendorf / Read by Sherrie @ Just Books
  2. Food Rules by Michael Pollan / Read by Sallie @ Full-Time Life
  3. Four Fish by Paul Greenberg / Read by Biblio Baggins
  4. The Remedy by Supa Nova Slom / Read by Diana @ Diana Loves Books
  5. Face Food by Christopher D. Salyers / Read by Uniflame @ She Likes Bento
  6. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink / Read by Mainon, a non-blogger (See her review at Goodreads)
  7. The Way To Eat by David Katz and Maura Gonzalez / Read by Joy @ Joy’a Book Blog
  8. Heat by Bill Buford / Read by Sherrie @ Just Books
  9. The Food Bible by Judith Wills / Read by Sherrie @ Just Books
  10. The Food of France by Waverly Root / Read by Rose City Reader
  11. The Cooking of the British Isles by Adrian Bailey / Read by Birdie of Birdie’s Nest
  12. The Afternoon Tea Book by Michael Smith / Read by Birdie @ Bird’s Nest
  13. The Tea Lover’s Handbook by Moira Weinreich / Read by Birdie @ Bird’s Nest
  14. Eating, Drinking, & Thinking:  A Gourmet Perspective by Phylis Magida / Read by Birdie @ Bird’s Nest
  15. The Eating Well Diet by Jean Harvey / Read by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
  16. Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart by Alice Waters / Read by Jupiter
  17. American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food by Jonathan Bloom / Read by Melissa @ Betty and Boo’s Chronicles
  18. Get Real and Stop Dieting by Brett Blumenthal / Read by Sherrie @ Just Books
  19. The Afternoon Tea Book by Michael Smith / Read by Nan @ Letters From a Hill Farm
  20. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser / Read by Reno @ Falling Letters
  21. We’ll Eat Again / Read by Nan @ Letters From a Hill Farm
  22. Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating / Read by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
  23. The Michelin Guide Chicago Restaurants 2011  /  Read by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
  24. Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet  / Read by Julie @ Booking Mama
  25. Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet by Monica Reinagel  /  Read by Heather @ GirliChef
  26. Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein  / Read by Nari @ The Novel World
  27. Acquired Tastes by Massimo Marcone  /  Read by Buried In Print
  28. Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyl  /  Read by Buried In Print
  29. Chicken A La King & The Buffalo Wing by Steven Gilbar / Read by Sherrie @ Just Books
  30. Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook / Read by Margot @ Joyfully Retired
  31. Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain / Read by Kate @ What Kate’s Reading
  32. American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen / Read by Rose City Reader
  33. Skinny Girls Don’t Eat Salads by Christini Avanti / Read by Jayme @ Beach Reader
  34. Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin / Read by Rose City Reader
  35. The Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck / Read by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
  36. Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates / Read by Bybee @ Naked Without Books
  37. Are You Really Going to Eat That? by Robb Walsh / Read by Bybee @ Naked Without Books
  38. Food Rules by Michael Pollan / Read by Nari @ The Novel World
  39. Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman, MD / Read by Heather @ GirliChef
  40. Food Trucks by Heather Shouse / Read by Margot @ Joyfully Retired
  41. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard / Read by Uniflame
  42. Food Rules by Michael Pollan / Read by Heather @ GirliChef
  43. What to Eat by Marion Nestle / Read by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog
  44. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn / Read by Uniflame
  45. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler / Read by Megan/
  46. Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food / Read by Reno @ Falling Letters
  47. Carol Off’s Bitter Chocolate / Read by Buried In Print
  48. Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement / Read by Buried In Print
  49. Wendell Berry’s Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food / Read by Buried In Print
  50. Anna Lappé’s Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It / Read by Buried In Print
  51. Oran B. Hesterman’s Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All / Read by Buried In Print
  52. Antony Wild’s Coffee: A Dark History / Read  by Buried In Print
  53. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch / Read by Buried In Print
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46 Responses to Non-Fiction

  1. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    I’ve finished my first book for this challenge. Food by Laura K. Egendorf. Very interesting book. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  2. I read “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan — great reminder of “rules” we try to follow. This book isn’t at all preachy, as much as the title sounds like it is. It’s very short — an extremely quick read. (I read it on the Kindle while Bill was in Home Depot and the Boat Store.)

  3. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    Just finished another book. It’s loaded with lots of info on eating healthy and recipes. Wasn’t too sure where to put this one. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  4. Uniflame says:

    Face food by Christopher D. Salyers: http://shelikesbento.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-face-food.html

    It is a collection of interviews with people who make Japanese character bento.

  5. Mainon says:

    Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
    by Brian Wansink

    http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/136529652

  6. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    Got another foodie book done. It’s Heat by Bill Buford. Really interesting book. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

    My second book is The Food Bible by Judith Wills

  7. The Food of France by Waverly Root. Reviewed here: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2011/03/review-of-day-food-of-france.html

    Its a classic and deserves to be. So glad I finally read it! All because of this challenge — thanks!

    Rose City Reader

  8. Birdie says:

    There are several books in this post, food and drink related. One is a cookbook, but the others are nonfiction that also happen to have recipes, so I slated the whole here. Let me know if you’d like me to change it.
    Birdie’s write-up

  9. Pingback: Book Review: The Eating Well Diet by Jean Harvey-Berino | Joy's Book Blog

  10. This is kind of half diet book, half cookbook. But it’s the diet book part that is really special, so I’m putting it in our nonfiction category:
    http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2011/04/02/book-review-the-eating-well-diet-by-jean-harvey-berino/

  11. Jupiter says:

    Because I’m so behind on reviews, I posted 3 quickie reviews in one post. The non-fiction one is In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart by Alice Waters
    http://jupitersinclair.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/foodies-reading-challenge-farm-cityin-the-green-kitchen-growing-a-farmer/

  12. Melissa says:

    Absolutely loved American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (and what we can do about it), by Jonathan Bloom. An excellent, informative – and oftentimes, very funny – read. http://bettyboochronicles.blogspot.com/2011/04/weekend-cookingbook-review-american.html

  13. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    Got another book done. It’s Get Real and Stop Dieting by Brett Blumenthal. Tells all about eating healthy. Has some great recipes in it too. This is 7/12 books for me. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  14. Nan says:

    My fifth book is The Afternoon Tea Book by Michael Smith. He tells us all about tea, and includes lots of great recipes!

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2011/05/afternoon-tea-book-by-michael-smith.html

  15. Reno says:

    Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
    http://fallingletters.blogspot.com/2011/05/eric-schlosser-fast-food-nation.html

    Now just over halfway through this challenge! 🙂

  16. Nan says:

    Just posted a review of my sixth book about food during the Second World War in Britain called We’ll Eat Again.

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2011/05/well-eat-again-recipes-selected-by.html

  17. The Michelin Guide Chicago Restaurants 2011 proved to be a lovely traveling companion:
    http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2011/05/21/book-review-the-michelin-guide-chicago-restaurants-2011/

  18. Good Morning Margot!
    Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet by Monica Reinagel http://www.girlichef.com/2011/05/book-review-nutrition-divas-secrets-for.html Thanks! 🙂

  19. Nari says:

    Here is my first review for this challenge! I reviewed an awesome reference resource for the kitchen.

    Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein.

    http://thenovelworld.com/2011/05/28/weekend-cooking-5282011-restaurant-review/

  20. Uniflame says:

    I read the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. It was a really good read!
    http://uniflamecreates.blogspot.com/2011/06/book-review-particular-sadness-of-lemon.html

  21. Here are links to my two non-fiction choices:
    1. Massimo Marcone’s Acquired Tastes (2010)
    2. Agnes Jekyl’s Kitchen Essays (1922)
    The latter’s essays actually do contain some traditional recipes as well, but the focus is on the prose; the sophisticated reissue from Persephone Books would make a delightful housewarming gift!

  22. Sherrie says:

    Hi Margot,
    Finished another book. Chicken A La King & The Buffalo Wing by Steven Gilbar. I think it goes here. If not you can put it where it’s suppose to be. It’s all about how food got it’s name and there are recipes too. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

  23. Kate says:

    Hi there! I just finished another, and I think it best falls into this category: Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain: http://whatkatesreading.blogspot.com/2011/07/typhoid-mary-anthony-bourdain.html

    Although it doesn’t at first really sound like a food book, Bourdain delves into food and entertainment culture in the beginning of the 20th century to argue that Mary Mallon was actually a really fine cook, and looks at her life as a chef from a chef’s perspective. It was a really fascinating read!

  24. rosecityreader says:

    American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen. Reviewed here on Rose City Reader: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2011/07/review-of-day-american-terroir.html

    Armchair travel and a celebration of food, all rolled into one entertaining package. It will make a food terroirists of any reader.

  25. Hi Margot,
    I just finished the book Skinny Girls Don’t Eat Salads by Christini Avanti and have posted it on my site.
    http://beachreader48.blogspot.com/2011/08/skinny-chicks-dont-eat-salads-by.html

  26. rosecityreader says:

    Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin. http://www.rosecityreader.com/2011/08/book-review-of-day-everything-i-want-to.html

    Loved it. Think it’s a book any foodie should read, certainly any locavore.

  27. Bybee says:

    I forgot to post this book I read several months ago until my copy started making the rounds among my friends! http://bybeebooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/readathon-hour-21.html
    Cake Wrecks – Jen Yates. Fun stuff.

  28. Bybee says:

    I absolutely loved this book of food essays, Are Yhttp://bybeebooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/are-you-really-going-to-eat-that-robb.htmlou Really Going to Eat That? by Robb Walsh.

  29. Bybee says:

    http://bybeebooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/are-you-really-going-to-eat-that-robb.html

    sorry, I broke my link! Anyway, I loved this book of food essays: Are You Really Going to Eat That? by Robb Walsh.

  30. Megan says:

    Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
    http://leabhran.blogspot.com/2011/11/alone-in-kitchen-with-eggplant-edited.html

  31. Reno says:

    I’ve finished the five books I had for this challenge 🙂 Here’s my thoughts on Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma a few months ago but didn’t write a proper blog about it):

    http://fallingletters.blogspot.com/2011/12/michael-pollan-in-defense-of-food.html

  32. Here are the rest of my non-fiction reads for this challenge: thanks so much for hosting!
    3. Carol Off’s Bitter Chocolate (2006)
    4. Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement (2010)
    5. Wendell Berry’s Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food (2010)
    6. Anna Lappé’s Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It (2010)
    7. Oran B. Hesterman’s Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All (2011)
    8. Antony Wild’s Coffee: A Dark History (2004)
    9. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch (2005)

    This, with the three novels I read, brings me to 12; I thought that was my target for Gluttony, but I see how that I’m a Gourmet. Which is quite alright with me! Thanks, again!
    (PS Please don’t trouble to enter me in your giveaways.)

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