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Ruth Reichl's Top Book Recommendations

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The Unprejudiced Palate

Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

First issued in 1948, when soulless minute steaks and quick casseroles were becoming the norm, The Unprejudiced Palate inspired a seismic culinary shift in how America eats. Written by a food-loving immigrant from Tuscany, this memoir-cum-cookbook articulates the Italian American vision of the good life: a backyard garden, a well-cooked meal shared with family and friends, and a passion for ingredients and cooking that nourish the body and the soul. less
Recommended by Ruth Reichl, and 1 others.

Ruth ReichlPellegrini is, in many ways, my hero. He’s such an advocate for paying attention to life. (Source)

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The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

Toklas's rich mixture of menus and memories of meals shared with such famous friends as Wilder, Picasso, and Hemingway, originally published in 1954.
Recommended by Sophie Dahl, Ruth Reichl, and 2 others.

Sophie DahlThe anecdotal part of it is a dream and each recipe tells a story. (Source)

Ruth ReichlIf you ask most people about the Alice B Toklas cookbook, the recipe that comes immediately to mind is marijuana brownies. It needs to be rescued from that. (Source)

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New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.

No writer has written more enthusiastically about food than A. J. Liebling. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, the great New Yorker writer's last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in French cuisine during 1926 and 1927, when American expatriates like Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein made café life the stuff of legends. A native New Yorker who had gone abroad to study, Liebling shunned his coursework and...
Recommended by Ruth Reichl, and 1 others.

Ruth ReichlLiebling is an unabashed glutton. (Source)

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The Art of Eating

This book is the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, 'When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it . . . and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied. less
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Ruth ReichlMFK Fisher had this epiphany when she went as a young bride to France and discovered food and brought that back to America. (Source)

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Diet for a Small Planet

Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating-- one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the 90s. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wonderful recipes, and much more. less

Steve JobsIn that first year at Reed, Jobs also read "Diet for a Small Planet," a book about protein-rich vegetarianism that went on to sell three million copies. It was a breakthrough. "That's when I pretty much swore off meat for good," Jobs told Isaacson. (Source)

Ruth ReichlWhen this book came out in the early 1970s, it was revolutionary. I feel this is a book that hasn’t gotten its due. (Source)

Yale Program On Climate Change CommunicationFrances Moore Lappé's best-selling book “Diet for a Small Planet” changed the way many people in the 1970s viewed the food system and its inefficiencies: via @nytimes (Source)

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