What We're Reading: March 15th, 2016

Though daylights savings only affects the clocks by one hour, recently I have been feeling increasingly pressed for time.  Having minimal opportunities to relax, I have begun to utilize audio books.  The following books are not only fantastic reads about food, but are also available in hardcopy and audio form. 

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat. McNamee’s book takes on the daring task of exploring the troubled life of gastronome, Craig Claiborne. McNamee successfully analyzes Craig Claiborne’s influence in the American Food Renaissance, when food transpired as a form of social capital and “competition."

Mastering the Art of French Eating. Ann Mah’s charming narrative records a year in France as she balances her a long distance marriage and investigating ten of France’s most famous regional dishes; the result is a work that will make nearly anyone a Francophile. Ann Mah shows that despite an unexpected turn of life events, French cuisine does not fail to impress. 

Julie and Julia. Julie Powell, feeling bound to her unfulfilling and dull secretary job, makes it her goal to create all 524 recipes from Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris.  This book goes beyond acclaiming the wonders of food, and instead shares Julie’s newfound love of life derived from her cooking experiences. Don't have time for the full book? You're in luck! The movie adaptation is available on Netflix.