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