In our final retrospective (and my last post) of the year, I thought I’d offer a roundup of some “best of” lists that focus on food books. Whether you need a little reading material for yourself or a gift for a loved one, check out suggestions from
- J.M. Hirsch of AP, via Burlington Free Press
- Carey Polis of The Huffington Post
- Kathryn Hughes of The Guardian
- Henry Jeffreys, also of The Guardian, for the year’s best drink books
- NPR’s book staff, for books about food as well as cookbooks
- Allan Jenkins and Gareth Grundy of The Observer, once again for both books about food and cookbooks
One book that I’ve been eying but just haven’t gotten around to yet is Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash. As Bridget Thoreson writes in her review for Booklist, “In this lively, engaging, and deliciously descriptive work, Kawash fills the gap left by culinary histories that don’t consider candy a food, revealing how the American mass production of candy in the twentieth century paved the way for the highly processed—and nutritionally problematic—foods we eat today. For a small, seemingly innocuous treat, candy has a turbulent history and much-maligned reputation.”
For more gift ideas, check out yesterday’s post for cookbook recommendations.
And if you just can’t wait another moment for some fresh reading material, check out Saveur’s 2013 Best Food Blog Awards, which includes worthy finalists and triumphant winners. This particular list is from April, so it’s not an end-of-the-year recap, but who cares? Good content is good content, and all the nominated bloggers would love to have you as a reader!
Happy holidays to you and yours. See you in 2014!