Sunday, November 25, 2012

2012 Foodie Reading Challenge: Wrap Up


Margot and Joyfully Retired hosting the second Foodies Reading Challenge in 2012 and, once again, it was one of my favorite challenges of the year.

I signed up at the "Pastry Chef" level to read 4 - 8 food-related books. I have read five, so have completed the challenge, but I hope to get at least one more in before the end of the year.  I particularly enjoy reading food books during the Christmas season.


On the Town in New York by Michael & Ariane Batterberry (reviewed here)

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl (reviewed here)

Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship and a Kitchen in the Lorie Valle by James Haller (reviewed here)

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller (reviewed here)

Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates by Michael Bond (reviewed here)

All were enjoyable and I'm glad I read them. My favorite was Extra Virginity because I learned so much about olive oil and actually changed what I look for in a good oil and how I buy it.


I certainly hope Margot hosts this challenge in 2013. I am cutting back, but the Foodie Challenge is too good to skip.

There are still several possibilities on my TBR shelves, including:

The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights by David E. Gumpert

Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk

The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley by Elizabeth Romer

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee

Epicurean Delight: The Life and Times of James Beard by Evan Jones

A Cordiall Water by M. F. K. Fisher

The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons

Dumas on Food: Selections from Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine by Alexandre Dumas

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano



  1. Congratulations on a job well done!

  2. Congratulations! I signed up for the challenge this year so I am trying to pull together my list so your recommendations here are perfect! :)

  3. Thanks Kathy!

    Aloi: I hope she does it again in 2013. I love food books, so it is a challenge made for me.

  4. You have quite a diverse list of books there; congratulations on meeting the challenge.

  5. Congrats! But challenge or no challenge, don't miss M. F. K. Fisher.


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