From chef memoirs to classic cookbooks, there are tons of tasty reads for all types of foodie palettes. Here’s to hoping you’ll devour these amazing books.
The 2010’s have been a notable decade for literature lovers. Starting with big corporate bookstores going out of business and making room for the indie bookstores, we also saw the rise of audio-books, as well as platform being given to strong female protagonists with books like, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl , The Girl on the Train and so on. But in the past ten years we’ve also lost a number of prolific icons from the literary world and here are some of those authors and poets who have touched our lives with their iconic works, which will continue to influence us and the generations to come.
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We’ve all read his famous book in high school, The Catcher in the Rye, which is a fantastic piece of work tackling many pressing issues such as identity, loss, and sex. Salinger also exhibits relentless talent in his short stories, such as in A Perfect Day for Banana Fish. The writer lived until the long age of 91, and breathed his last on January 27, 2010.
Even if you can’t immediately recognize this talented author by his name, I’m certain we are all familiar with his famous book, Where The Wild Things Are, which is a celebrated children’s picture book, teaching kids about imagination, independence and overcoming fear. The author/illustrator left us on the 8th of May in 2012.
Nobel Laureate and Booker Prize winner, V. S Naipaul left the world on 11th August, 2018. His book In a Free State won him the Booker Prize and he was also awarded the Trinity Cross in 1990, and was also made a Knight Bachelor in 1990.
It was a tragic day when the world lost literary legend Maya Angelou. Not only was she a prolific, talented poet, singer and memoirist, she was also a famous civil rights activist, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Her book of poems, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie won the Pulitzer Prize and her autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, garnered much critical acclaims and went on to be made into a TV movie with the same name in April 1979. Her departure was a great loss for the entire world, but her legacy will continue to live on within her works.
On November 12, 2018, we bid farewell to the creator of The Amazing Spider-man, X-Men and all the other Marvel heroes who continue to dominate our lives since we were children. This man’s legacy cannot be put in words, as movies after movies continue to wow us with the foundations Stan Lee had built during his long standing career. When he passed at the ripe age of 95, it was when we thanked our stars for being born during his era, to enjoy the fruits of his creativity.
This remarkable American novelist, playwright and screenwriter left us on November 16, 2018. By the end of his career, William Goldman had received his first Academy Award for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and another for All the President’s Men. He also won two Edgar Awards, and was eventually given the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement in 1985. But perhaps his most notable work is The Princess Bride, the popular fantasy-romance novel which came out in 1973, and was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1987.
While not everyone recognizes Fred Bass without a quick Google search, but be sure to know that this man has changed the lives of millions with his contribution to the book industry. Bass left us on January 3, 2018, but he made sure to leave the world a little more educated and tons more curious, with his creation of The Strand Bookstore in New York City. As one of the most popular bookstores in the world, with its eighteen miles of books, Strand has not just become a common household name for New Yorkers, but has won hearts of people all from over the world, all thanks to this kind and intelligent soul.
Although we mostly know Anthony Bourdain from his popular TV shows and his celebrity chef status, but we can’t forget that he first emerged as a writer in the late 90’s when his column came out in The New Yorker, Don’t Eat Before Reading This. This later resulted in Bourdain’s first book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, followed by his second, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, which was published in 2010. His demise was certainly a tragic one, leaving his fans in utter pain and disbelief, but his perception regarding the exploration of international cuisine, culture and human conditions has taught us all a few great things about not being scared of the unknown.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an American Classic, and Harper Lee was a legend for the creation of such an impactful book during a time of turmoil and distress in the Americas. Her revolutionary vision, through the eyes of the young protagonist of her book, is evident and speaks volumes about her life as a child growing up during the Great Depression in the South, exploring topics such as regionalism as well as racism. The book has garnered her several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, as well as awarding her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, which was very well deserved. The world lost a power-house figure on February 19, 2016.
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Ursala K Le Guin had written over twenty novels and one hundred short stories, spanning a literary career for almost sixty years before her passing on January 22, 2018. She had won eight Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards, making her one of the most influential Science Fiction writers of our time, and that too as a woman, considering that science has always been a supposed male dominated field. Legends like her give us hopes to break barriers and march on.
The beloved Toni Morrison, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved, left a gaping hole in the literary world as she left us on August 5, 2019. She gained further recognition as she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was also the first African American female editor at Random House in New York in the 1960’s. During her lifetime, she has inspired many people of all color to break free of stereotypes and to live their truth, whatever that may be. Her writing is so influential that her fan base continues to grow since her departure. Her writing has been critiqued by notable editors and writers alike and to this day, it is praised for its daring narrative. If there should be a legendary writer, Toni Morrison is deserving of that title.
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Coming May 28th is a new book entitled Anthony Bourdain Remembered, which honors the late celebrity chef who brought so much so us besides food.
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This tribute book will be dedicated to American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain who sadly died on June 8th, 2018 at the age of sixty-one. A humanitarian at heart, Bourdain is remembered in the hearts of his friends, family, and those he has helped. His wise words, “If I’m an advocate of anything, it’s to move…Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food,” conjure the image of a modern day Atticus Finch.
In October of that year, Mr. Bourdain’s last book, Hungry Ghosts, a graphic anthology and collaboration and short horror fiction and drawings by various different artists, complete with Mr. Bourdain’s savory recipes, was published by Berger Books.
Anthony Bourdain Remembered is to be published by HarperCollins imprint Ecco, the Los Angeles Times informs us.
People’s Magazine states that, “Daniel Halpern, president and publisher of Ecco, tells PEOPLE that CNN originally created the book as a “keepsake” for his daughter Ariana, aged eleven, and his estate later agreed to share the book publicly.”
The publisher’s web page for the book has, among other things, these heart-wrenching words:
Anthony Bourdain Remembered brings together memories and anecdotes from fans reminiscing about Bourdain’s unique achievements and his enduring effect on their lives as well as comments from chefs, journalists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers inspired by Tony including Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Jill Filipovic, Ken Burns, Questlove, and José Andrés, among many others.
The books is available on pre-sale now. May 28th, the book’s release date, is only a week before the one year anniversary of Anthony Bourdain’s sudden death.
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Anthony Bourdain’s legacy in the food and travel world continues with news of a new biography about his life on the way. The book will be published by Ecco in the fall of 2019 with Bourdain’s long-time assistant, Laurie Woolever, editing the book.
Bourdain: The Oral Biography will be a “portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television travel, built from the stories shared by those who knew him best.”
Woolever, on editing the book said, “I’m honored to now be working with his estate…in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.”
The book isn’t available for pre-order yet, but is set to be published in fall of 2019.
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I was quite saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Anthony Bourdain at the end of last week. I first encountered him through reruns of No Reservations on Travel Channel and have many fond memories of binge watching the show as well as binge watching Parts Unknown on CNN. It was only later that I came to know about his various literary pursuits, and my admiration for him grew even more. In honor of him, here are five books either written or published by Anthony Bourdain. All will satisfy more than a three-star Michelin restaurant.
1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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Well known as being the book that launched Bourdain into stardom, this memoir is a brutally honest look at what goes on behind kitchen doors. It is filled with humor, unpredictability, and lots of copious descriptions of delectable foods.
2. A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain
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This book marries two of Bourdain’s greatest passions, arguably the two he is best known for: food and travel. The book chronicles Bourdain’s adventures as he goes on a quest around the world to find the perfect meal.
3. Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
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While he is best known as an author for his food writing, Bourdain also wrote several mystery novels. This one was his first novel and follows an up-and-coming chef named Tommy Pagana who unwittingly becomes the accomplice to the mafia.
4. Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty
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In addition to being an author, Bourdain also had an imprint through HarperCollins that published bestselling books of various genres, though many are food-related. Grand Forks is one of them and is a compilation of reviews that also documents the changes in American dining over the final decades of the twentieth century.
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Due to be released this September by Bourdain’s imprint, this book details how the author, with the help of fellow chefs, helped feed people in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria and offers suggestions for how to handle similar crises in the future. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen to aid Puerto Rico and beyond.
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