Monday, January 18, 2010

Cool Food Lit

I guess it's just because the internet is so big, but it's hard for me to believe I didn't know about the Smithsonian magazine food blog, Food & Think, until this morning. From the "about" page:
It’s not a recipe or restaurant review blog (except occasionally). Instead, we look through the lens of science, history, anthropology and other disciplines, asking quirky questions and being generally geeky about all things edible. (But fun, entertaining geeks, we hope…)

Food + anthropology and history? Sounds...exactly like something I'd like.

In related news, I've realized recently that I'm in a bit of a dry spell in terms of food reading. It's been a while since any food lit has captured my interest enough for a concentrated read (or to write about). I did just pick up a copy of Au Revoir to All That by Mike Steinberger and I'm looking forward to it (France + Steinberger = good combination) - but it's been months, maybe a year, since I've read a food book.

In the past, I've had three or four food books at a time stacked on my bedside table. Have I just read all the good ones? Is food publishing in a dry spell? Have my standards changed? Or am I just missing what's out there?


Jen W. said...
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Jen said...

How funny - I just discovered the Smithsonian Food & Think blog this morning too! The last good food book I read was Kathleen Flinn's The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (I'm a sucker for books about leaving home and security behind for adventures; in this one, Flinn goes to cooking school in Paris), but that was over the summer. I had been curious about Ruth Reichl's new book, but I haven't gotten around to reading it.

Kit Pollard said...

That IS weird.

You know, I have the Flinn book around here someplace, but I never read it. My mother-in-law gave it to me and told me she didn't love it, so I never got excited enough to read it. But hearing that you liked it...maybe now I will.

I should also pick up that Reichl book. I love the way she writes.


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