What's On Your Summer Reading List? The James Beard Foundation Recommends Fourteen Great Reads For Food Lovers

If you devour food literature with the same passion that you bring to consuming the latest dining trends, the James Beard Foundation has the ultimate summer reading list for you. "Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers" is a collected list of memoirs, history, and fiction for foodies to dive into during the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Selected by an array of culinary experts from the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee, this essential list was inspired by the popularity of the Book Committee's 2010 "The Baker's Dozen" list, a compilation of 13 essential baking books that spanned almost four decades, from 1973 to 2010.

"Great food writing springs from so many different sources and we want to make people aware of just how many terrific choices that gives them for summer reading," said Matt Sartwell, chair of the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee. "We include memoirs, plenty of wry humor, a good dose of natural history, and a shot of exuberant fiction, turning to writers who are as current as Gabrielle Hamilton, or as venerated as A.J. Liebling and M.F.K. Fisher."

All of the titles were selected by the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee, a group of seasoned culinary publishing professionals who have been writing, editing, reviewing, buying and selling cookbooks for decades.

Books were chosen by the following committee members: Naomi Duguid, cookbook author; Carol Mighton Haddix, former food editor of the Chicago Tribune; Martha Holmberg, cookbook author and editorial director of Watershed Communications; Ellen Rose, former owner of the Los Angeles cookbook store The Cook's Library; Matt Sartwell, manager of Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York; Irene Sax, food writer and food-writing instructor for New York University; Tara Q. Thomas, senior editor, Wine & Spirits; Andrea Weigl, food writer for The News & Observer; and Grace Young, cookbook author.

Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers:

1. The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher (John Wiley & Sons)

2. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling (North Point Press)

3. Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House)

4. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo (Free Press)

5. A Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Picador)

6. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler (Scribner)

7. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee (Twelve)

8. Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford (Vintage)

9. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin (Vintage)

10. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (Vintage)

11. Oranges by John McPhee (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

12. The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark (Ecco Press)

13. Simple Cooking by John Thorne (North Point Press)

14. The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)

For further information on the James Beard Foundation and its "Beard on Books" and "Enlightened Eaters" literary series, go to jamesbeard.org/education.

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America's diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher, James Beard was a champion of American cuisine who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper underst


Leah Goodman