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    1. Omnivore's Dilemma
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    2. The United States of Arugula:
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    3. The Silver Spoon
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    4. My Life in France
    $11.20
    5. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures
    $16.47
    6. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal
    $37.80
    7. Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine
    $29.70
    8. Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary
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    9. On Food and Cooking: The Science
    $16.29
    10. Red, White, and Drunk All Over:
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    11. On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary
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    12. Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel
    $16.50
    13. Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir
    $16.50
    14. Ambitious Brew : The Story of
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    15. Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary
    $220.50
    16. El Bulli 2003-2004
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    17. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up
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    18. Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's
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    19. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures
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    20. The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the

    1. Omnivore's Dilemma
    by Penguin Press HC, The
    Hardcover (11 April, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1594200823
    Sales Rank: 68
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pollan is my hero!
    I am a pharmacist who is also very interested in how diet and exercise maintain people's health.Michael Pollan's book was an incredible eye-opener.I first heard him interviewed on Science Friday on NPR news (podcast) and decided to read his book.It is an extremely well researched book with an entire source list in the back.It is also very entertaining and easy to read.It is obvious he has a great sense of humor.His book encompasses the economics, politics, biology, ecology, and physiology regarding our current american diet.His book has surely changed the way I think about food and I was fairly well versed before I read his book.Now, I am a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and have been spreading the word! This is one of the best and most influential books I have ever read. Everyone should read it.Ignorance is not bliss.Just ask some of my pharmacy customers who have side effects from the medicines they take and have to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on those same medications.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My response to Vegan/Vegetarian horn-tutors
    I'm about halfway through this book (I've been kind of skipping around to various parts--which is how I usually read non-fiction books). Modern agriculture, factory farming, and where our food comes from are all subjects near and dear to my heart. These are topics that only people in the industry or professionally trained chefs (which I am) usually know and care about. I don't think veganism/vegetarianism is a good response (and I don't think it will fix anything). Instead, we need to be voicing our displeasure with our dollars.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read for the Health Conscious
    The Omnivore's Dilemma is an exploration into the foods that are on our plates and why. The answers he delivers are at times frightening.
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    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. Archaeology / Anthropology    3. Food Science    4. Food habits    5. Food preferences    6. History    7. Manners And Customs    8. Nutrition    9. Popular Culture - General    10. Social Science    11. Sociology    12. Health & Fitness / Nutrition   


    2. The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation
    by Broadway
    Hardcover (12 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0767915798
    Sales Rank: 527
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
    Really satisfying-- it's got a great history about the U.S. food revolution along with some juicy gossip about the big players of the movement.You feel like an insider hearing all the stories about these people.David Kamp tells stories beautifully, and the footnotes are sometimes the most hilarious parts on the page.This is a must read for anyone who considers themself a foodie, and well, for anyone who just enjoys eating...and a good story!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revelatory
    Nietzsche writes, "What good is a book that doesn't take you beyond all books?"David Kamp illuminates a rare but relevant subject and, wittingly or not, goes far beyond it to animate the culture of 20th century America, from which its subject springs.His book renders each of the last several decades vividly and down to astonishing detail.The buoyancy and wit of his storytelling, and the accompanying sense that you're in the good hands of a rational historian, make this book an immense pleasure to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my two favorite things: Eating and Reading!!
    Loved this book! Toast is a big accomplishment for me, yet I thoroughly enjoyed Kamp's story. Had to eat while I was reading it! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. Cookery, American    3. Cooking    4. Cooking / Wine    5. Cultural And Social Anthropology    6. Essays    7. Gastronomy    8. History    9. Cooking / Essays   


    3. The Silver Spoon
    by Phaidon Press
    Hardcover (01 October, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0714845310
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    First published in 1950 and revised over time, Italy's bestselling culinary "bible," Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic, simple, advanced
    Echoing so many other rave reviews, I have to say this is one of the most exciting cookbooks I've hefted (and it is hefty!) in a long time. It seems like nearly everything that I've eaten in Italy or seen on an Italian menu or read in another Italian cookbook has a straightforward, canonical recipe in this tome. It was like discovery, uncovering secrets again and again. I was breathless turning pages in my favorites sections, and kept returning to the book for days, unable to pull myself away.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A truly great book
    There are a great many things to like about this book and very little if anything to dislike.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Definite Buy!
    I love this cookbook! i agree with all the other raving reviews about it, everything i've made from it have been easy and delicious ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cooking    2. Cooking / Wine    3. History    4. Italian Cookery    5. Reference    6. Regional & Ethnic - Italian    7. Food & Drink / Cookery    8. Italy   


    4. My Life in France
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (04 April, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400043468
    Sales Rank: 510
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who aspires to live better
    While I find most food writing, particularly autobiographies, tiring to the core this book warmed my jaded little heart.
    5-0 out of 5 stars From Awkward Tourist to French Cooking Fame!
    My Life in France is the most entertaining memoir I've read in 2006!It's a winner.
    5-0 out of 5 stars "Splendid"
    What an incredible read!If you tire of the endless array of predictable fiction plots based on dysfunctional psychological drama, read this as a tribute to the life of a cultural icon.If you have any bias against French established cultures, please read this - it'll give you a more objective frame of reference from Julia Child's perspective. She not only embraced France but took that passion she found and made it her success.Positive and humorous.I loved it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography And Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Cookery, French    6. Cooking    7. Cooking / Wine    8. Cooks    9. France    10. French Cookery    11. History    12. Personal Memoirs    13. Regional & Ethnic - French    14. United States    15. Women    16. Cooking / History   


    5. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
    by Harper Perennial
    Paperback (08 May, 2001)
    list price: $14.00 -- our price: $11.20
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    Isbn: 0060934913
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Most diners believe that their sublime sliver of seared foie gras, topped with an ethereal buckwheat blini and a drizzle of piquant huckleberry sauce, was created by a culinary artist of the highest order, a sensitive, highly refined executive chef. The truth is more brutal. More likely, writes Anthony Bourdain in Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars kitchen confidential
    Rairly have I read a book that I hate.This is it!Not only is it not funny but it is insulting to anyone who would sit in his dining room.Tony's fan base just lost one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely well-written
    Anthony Bourdain is a person I would be friends with if I knew him.He's cynical, he's blunt and he loves food.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    I love this book!!! I worked in the restaurant business for 10 years. Now that I have a "real job", I find myself missing the crazy work hours of reataurant life. I miss the people, because really, restaurant people are like no other. You either belong in the business or you don't.
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    Subjects:  1. Beverages - Wine & Spirits    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Bourdain, Anthony    6. Cooking    7. Cooking / Wine    8. Cooks    9. Essays    10. General    11. New York    12. New York (State)    13. Biography & Autobiography / General    14. Biography: general   


    6. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Useable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
    by Bloomsbury USA
    Hardcover (16 May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1582344515
    Sales Rank: 2779
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Bourdain
    I just wanted to chime in my two cents here after reading some of the bad reviews of this book."The Nasty Bits" is a great read and a must for any Bourdain fan.Just as "A Cooks Tour" book is a must read for all those who loved the "A Cooks Tour" t.v. show."The Nasty Bits" is a must read for anyone who is following the "No Reservations" years.It is really that simple.I can only hope that Bourdain keeps writing and lives long enough to visit every inch of this strange and beatiful planet.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Eh, nice try, Bourdain...
    I'm halfway through the book and fading fast. Although I do enjoy Bourdain's style of writing, its endless barrage of power verbs and curse words, it does get tiring after a while. Is he really "barking" things at people? Really, now. Nevertheless, he makes many valid points in this collection of essays: the use of immigrants in haute cuisine kitchens, the semi-insanity of the organic movement, but above all, I believe this book lacks a sense of cohesion. These essays were, for the most part, cobbled together from previously published essays. (Some seem entirely unnecessary), not to mention that fact that I think it would have been a nice idea to include either the source/year the essay was published, because I can sense certains shifts in his perspective as a writer, even though the book gives no indication of chronology. So don't rush out to buy, but DO browse through it in a bookstore.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzz
    How very disappointed I was with this reading.It became a chore and I made myself finish it.How sad since Mr. Bourdain is so talented with his writing and humor.Don't bother.He has become too big for his book binder/britches. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Essays    5. Cooking / Essays   


    7. Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine
    by Harcourt
    Hardcover (01 November, 2002)
    list price: $60.00 -- our price: $37.80
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    Isbn: 0151007047
    Sales Rank: 62426
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Wine's Grand Old Men
    By Bill Marsano. We can divide wine drinkers into three classes. Ordinaire Joe, who'd rather drink wine than talk about it, is here advised to flee: This book will bore him stupid. The Wine Geek is just the opposite; for him wine is an excuse to prattle about clonal selection and hints of toffee on the nose. He'll love this book--will take it to bed with him. It is a gold mine of tasting notes covering many decades and innumerable wines from most regions of the world. The emphasis is on France, with Germany a distant third (there is no second), Italy a distant fifth (there is no fourth) and everybody else reduced to odds and ends. There's lots of stuff on champagne and port, too--a quintessentially British slant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Dreams are Made of These
    I first fell under Mr. Broadbent's spell during my earliest days as a fledgling sommelier. His slender volume, Michael Broadbent's Complete Guide to Wine Tasting and Wine Cellars (1982) has long been, like they say about middleweight boxers, pound-for-pound the best book I've ever read about appreciating wine. When the wine auction scene arrived in Chicago in the mid-eighties. I can still remember attending some of the first few events at the University Club, sponsored by Christie's and conducted by the legendary MB. I was overwhelmed watching him lead auctions, but way too shy and in awe of him to introduce myself. Read more

    Subjects:  1. Beverages - Wine & Spirits    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Essays    5. Handbooks, manuals, etc    6. Reference    7. Wine    8. Wine and wine making    9. Cooking / Wine & Spirits   


    8. Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent
    by Artisan
    Hardcover (01 November, 2005)
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    Isbn: 1579652522
    Sales Rank: 6910
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mangoes and Curry and so Much More, Oh My!
    Mangoes & Curry Leaves is one of my favorite cookbooks and I have scores of Indian cookbooks, as I'm sort of a gourmet chef. I wrote a cooking column for a sailing magazine for a couple years and one of my favorite articles was my "Two Ways to Tandoori" which you can read in one of my "Amazon So You'd Like to Guides," if you want. Tandoori chicken is just delicious. Anyway, while I was making the guide, I listed fifty cookbooks from my collection. I have more. I know, I know, one would think a couple books would be enough, but it's sort of an obsession with me, making food taste great and I just love to see how others have done it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and authentic
    I cannot imagine anyone writing anything negative about this book...my family and I come from Bangladesh and India and I have tons of Pakistani friends. The depth that the authors have gone into understanding ingredients and the cooking is remarkable. I cannot imagine how they came to know some of those details. Like my neighbor in PA who had written a negative review, I have also Jaffrey's books which i love but Alford and Duguid got into the very essence of real home cooking of the subcontinent.Other authors sometimes focus on party foods while this book advises the readers on what people really eat on a daily basis. The other travel advice is interesting and the photographs gorgeous although i understand the concerns of the Bethlehem, PA reviewer of pictures that are hard to interpret. Just let it go. They still do an even better job with this book than Hot Sour Salty Sweet. The book is great. I'm glad amazon offers it for a lower price than bookstores.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good work in a cookbook/travelogue
    I am a novice American learning to cook Indian style.I have studied enough books to know that sticking curry powder in a melange of stewing vegetables is not really "getting it" in terms of creating an authentic Indian meal.In my search for authenticity, I think Alford & Duguid go a long way in presenting just that, scouring the villages & cities of India.
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    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cookery, Asian    3. Cooking    4. Cooking / Wine    5. Essay    6. Essays    7. International And Ethnic Cookery    8. Regional & Ethnic - Asian    9. Regional & Ethnic - Indic    10. South Asia    11. Cooking / Asian    12. Indian sub-continent    13. National & regional cuisine   


    9. On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
    by Scribner
    Hardcover (16 November, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0684800012
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A classic tome of gastronomic science and lore, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting reference book on food
    It covers the science, chemistry, lore and history of every food group.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There's a certain kind of cook who has to have this book
    You know who you are. It's not enough that you know 'how'. If you love something enough to understand the how, you have to know the 'why' and maybe even the 'who' and the 'where' and 'when'.This is the book for you. There are a few books in my life that I really treasure because they unlocked secrets. Of course, I'm not curious about everything, there are some secrets that are more special than others.
    5-0 out of 5 stars THE book to tell you why and how food does what it does!
    I purchased Cookwise some years back, and when I finally found this book (On Food and Cooking) and read it, I realized that THIS was the book I was looking for when I bought Cookwise.It tells you the why of everything, and it's great!No, there are no recipes or glossy photos, but the in-depth explanations of the actual chemistry behind food and its cooking are unparalleled.It totally inspires me to review my favorite recipes to see if I'm using the right flour, or beating the eggs and sugar correctly, or...!A must to read, it also talks about the history behind the haute cuisine of France, as well as cuisines from other parts of the world. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Essays    5. Food    6. General    7. Cooking / General   


    10. Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass
    by Bloomsbury USA
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1582346488
    Sales Rank: 6425
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    Subjects:  1. Anecdotes    2. Beverages - Wine & Spirits    3. Cooking    4. Cooking / Wine    5. History    6. Wine And Wine-Making    7. Wine and wine making    8. Cooking / Wine & Spirits   


    11. On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals (4th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Hardcover (31 January, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0131713272
    Sales Rank: 182379
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Culinary Arts.
    One of the many neat features of studying at Cornell University is that, even if you're not enrolled in its famous School of Hotel Administration, you can attend one of the cooking and wine tasting classes organized especially for non-Hotel School students, and get at least a flavor of the five star culinary instruction provided by the chefs teaching at that school. (That is, you can do so if you're willing to get up an extra hour or two early on the morning of non-Hotel School student enrollment, and if you're lucky enough to beat the crowds or at least slip in as a substitute participant.) In addition to numerous recipes and pieces of valuable advice, information and memories - particularly of the last night, on which we had to put together a four-course meal, fine dining style, complete with menu, garnishments and perfectly laid table - Cornell's "cooking class" has enriched my kitchen by two items I have since found it very hard to do without: A professional grade chef's knife, and Sarah Labensky's and Alan Hause's "On Cooking," which we used as our textbook.
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    Subjects:  1. Cookery    2. Cooking    3. Cooking / Wine    4. Essays    5. General    6. Cooking / General    7. Food & Drink / Cookery    8. Hotel & catering trades    9. Tourism   


    12. Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
    by Anchor
    Paperback (01 October, 1995)
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    Isbn: 038542017X
    Sales Rank: 8225
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Magic in the kitchen
    When this novel first hit the bookshelves,it was a bestseller;Laura Esquivel was a household name (I even have a very old New Age magazine that has an interview with her).Her now ex-husband Alfonso Arau made a movie version of the book.I was a "Like Water for Chocolate" fan;I had the keychain,the book-I even found the soundtrack (an excellent one)at a used CD store.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite books of all time!
    The story really pulled at my heartstrings.Great romance.

    4-0 out of 5 stars tastes from another world
    Iliked this book! It was filled with emotions, you could taste, smell, feel and see the characters lives unfolding.I liked the magical touch too.If you liked this book you might also enjoy " The Mistress of Spices" ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Fiction / General    5. FICTION-GENERAL    6. Gastronomy    7. Love Stories    8. Spanish (Language) Contemporary Fiction    9. Magic realism   


    13. Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 140004295X
    Sales Rank: 1748
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Reviewfrom Parul & Arvind Narain (California)
    I just got this book after waiting for a few months and was quite thrilled to see familiar names and places mentioned.Being a distant family member, I am probably prejudiced but I think this book is a fascinating read, especially for someone brought up in Delhi.The book even has a family tree in the beginning, going back to the 1500s.As in all her books, Madhur Jaffrey manages to give her recipes a very easy to do feel and very helpful hints for people like us living in the US and I am dying to try out the recipes.Enjoy! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asia - India    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Childhood Memoir    7. Cooks    8. General    9. History    10. India    11. India - History    12. Indian Cookery    13. Regional & Ethnic - Indic    14. United States    15. Women cooks    16. Biography & Autobiography / General   


    14. Ambitious Brew : The Story of American Beer
    by Harcourt
    Hardcover (02 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0151010129
    Sales Rank: 4695
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    Subjects:  1. Beer    2. Beverages - Beer    3. Brewing    4. Brewing industry    5. Cooking / Wine    6. Corporate & Business History - General    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History: American    10. Industries - General    11. United States    12. United States - General    13. United States History (Specific Aspects)    14. History / United States / General   


    15. Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary
    by Riverhead Trade
    Paperback (01 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1594482098
    Sales Rank: 10403
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this book!
    Anyone who reads Kitchen Table Wisdom will be touched and inspired by the learning processes of the patients and the life lessons which they teach us through their experiences. The stories are life-affirming and will validate your own experiences in a way that is frequently unavailable in our present social context.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography And Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Cooking / Wine    5. Essays    6. Motivational & Inspirational    7. Personal Memoirs    8. Popular psychology    9. Self-Help / Motivational   


    16. El Bulli 2003-2004
    Hardcover (07 November, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0061146684
    Sales Rank: 311529
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    Subjects:  1. Cooking    2. Cooking / Wine    3. Courses & Dishes - General    4. Gastronomy    5. General    6. Cooking / General   


    17. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
    by Broadway
    Paperback (02 March, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0767903382
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites
    If you liked Under the Tuscan Sun, you will probably like Tender at the Bone and its sequel, Comfort Me With Apples.Reading this book is a journey and an adventure, and the reader comes away feeling like they have met a fascinating new friend.If you are interested in travel, food, restaurants, or growing up with a mentally ill parent, you must read these two books!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional Family and Food
    While best known as a "foodie memoir", this books is an excellent piece on growing up with a mentally ill mother; the chaos and instability, the family system that results.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This book is poignant and funny, joyful and melancholy, a remarkable mix of memories. A series of vignettes tells the story of Reichl's life from early childhood onward; together, they form an ecclectic stew which still holds together, bound by a common thread: food.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Cookery    5. Cooking    6. Essays    7. General    8. Reichl, Ruth    9. Biography & Autobiography / General    10. Biography: general   


    18. Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (17 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0307264963
    Sales Rank: 5475
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    19. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
    by Random House Trade Paperbacks
    Paperback (09 April, 2002)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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    Isbn: 0375758739
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An account of the personal experiences of an author
    This book is a memoir. It is not a simple tale of food. If you somehow are confussed about this like some of the reviewers you may not like this book very much.I actually enjoyed this on many levels - the honesty took my breath away. But is also made me feel uncomfortable knowing the people in this book might be hurt all over again by the telling of the tale. Hoping that's not the case I must say this book has a unique "flavor" and may not appeal to everyone. It did me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Light, fun read
    Easy, fun read. Much better than watching mind numbing garbage on the telly. I agree with some reviewers that the author went on a bit too long about her sexcapades but nevertheless I was entertained. I really enjoyed her style of writing. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on "Tender at the Bone."
    1-0 out of 5 stars Hippie Time Warp
    I could not finish this because it was written from such a negative and downbeat perspective. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Cookery    5. Cooking    6. Essays    7. Personal Memoirs    8. United States    9. Women    10. Women food writers    11. Biography & Autobiography / Women   


    20. The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen
    by Viking Adult
    Hardcover (18 May, 2006)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, even if I was mentioned in the book!
    The class that Michael speaks about with the career change students was mine.He strolls in I think on Day 2 of K-18 with Chef Theo Roe.We were told about him coming and being an active participant in our class but mostly would stay out of the way and ask questions for an up coming project.He hung with us for a couple of days and we all enjoyed sitting around the dinner table talking about ourselves and he enlightening us with his journey and interaction with Chef Pardus, who at the time we were not assigned but did eventially get him.He stayed in touch with me mostly wanting updates of my CIA class clear through graduation.I see him on tv now with the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Tom Keller and his own show.This book, if you read the first one, goes to show how deep food cuts into the "Soul of a Chef."He has written other things, pediatric surgery with his sister the surgeon, wooden boats and he always comes back to food.He cretainly has my diagnosis of Soul of a Chef.Thanks Michael for 1st of all putting my name in the book, but also brining to light the CIA in the time I went through. It was a wonderful time in my life and I know the others felt the same.Good luck and buy this book if you are reading this review!Reach of a Chef - Buy It!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chefs, Pop Culture and Very Well Done!
    Mr. Ruhlman gives us another perfectly plated culinary tome with his entertaining look inside the world of the celebrity chef phenomenon in America.With his usual quirky humor he examines all sides of the 'Pop Culture of Cooking' and what forces make or break chefs in becoming, not just household names, but brands unto themselves.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A Foodie's Delight in Profiling the Recent Evolution of the Celebrity Chef
    As the co-writer of the bellwether of gourmet culinary tomes, "The French Laundry Cookbook", author Michael Ruhlman has written an eminently readable book that should satisfy any foodie. His focus is rife with possibilities as he explores the development of the celebrity chef. What Ruhlman gleans with carefully gathered insider knowledge is the advent of the chef as an entrepreneur rather than an artisan, a trend that has been discernible for the past decade. This has a lot to do with the success of the Food Network and related lifestyle programming, but also playing significant roles are writers such as Ruhlman and Anthony Bourdain and the simple fact that perceived exotic ingredients are now available at local supermarkets.
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