Author Archives: Appetite for Books

About Appetite for Books

read, cook, eat, repeat

On Barbecue

You know the expression “do what you love and you’ll love what you do.” John Shelton Reed is living that life–tasting barbecue, judging it, hunting up the best, and writing about it. From this collection of his writings, a few … Continue reading


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CHoWline: Diet for a Large Planet

If you are of a certain age, you may remember Francis Moore Lappe’s Diet for a Small Planet, and these books are two sides of the same coin, exploring how what we eat impacts the planet. Moore Lappe inspired the … Continue reading

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Appetite and Its Discontents

We struggle–and it seems we’ve always struggled–with what we eat. It’s too much or too little, clean or dirty, healthy or indulgent. For a little historic perspective on the physical and psychological interpretations of appetite, check out Appetite and Its … Continue reading

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The Problem With Feeding Cities

There is a huge system behind the food on your plate, one worth examining, as Andrew Deener does in this book, using Philadelphia as a case study. That system is the reason you can buy a roast chicken for five … Continue reading

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The Adventurous Foodie

700 Foods You Should Try from Around the World by Alexandre Stern, Universe No matter how you feel about the world “foodie,”you will love this book. It’s a kind of food dictionary you might want to keep around to settle … Continue reading

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Diners, Dudes & Diets

How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture. It’s Super Bowl weekend and I assume that no one will be making quiche for “the big game.” But it’s not just this weekend that food marketers and advertisers think … Continue reading

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Zoom Chat About Montgomery County’s Ag Reserve

Inspired by Bread & Beauty and sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier of Washington DC. join us on February 10 at 7pm by registering

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Boulangerie at Home

I may have found the perfect winter quarantine book. This is a mechanic’s handbook to creating perfect boulangerie–croissants, brioche sucre, apple tarts, vienna rolls, and all sorts of bread loaves. Those delicious things you used to enjoy in the bakery … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Prohibition Punches

Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy –Benjamin Franklin It just seems hopeless when government tries to ban something that is fundamental to human culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean government won’t try … Continue reading

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Local Dirt

Here’s how it started with this book. At first I thought, sure, eating local is easy if you live and work on a farm, But as I flipped through the seasonal recipes I remembered those few leaves of kale and … Continue reading

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