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Food, Glorious Food: Baking Blogs and Food Memoirs


Chocolate layer sponge cake., Digital ID 1191108, New York Public Library

I recently came upon a blog called The World Needs More Pie: Give a piece a chance. It is a blog dedicated to living each day to the fullest as if it were your last. The blogger, Beth Howard, used pie making to help her heal from the untimely death of her husband, Marcus.  She is also writing a full length book about her choice to leave a nine to five career in favor of her passsion for baking.  You can read more about her at her blog at http://the

Which brings me to  the subject of this post—food memoirs. I absolutely love food memoirs.  From Ruth Reichl to Paula Deen to Julia Child, I've read almost all of them. I believe that a common denominator in all cultures is food, and books about our lives through cooking and baking keep us connected. Here is a short list of some of my favorites:

In addition, I adore library programs that deal with cooking and food! Listed below are two programs that involve the creative process of cooking that are coming up at the Morris Park Branch Library.  One is for young adults ages 12-18 and the other is for adults 18 and over. If you are interested in attending these programs, you can do so in person at the Morris Park Branch, 985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462.  You can call us at 718-931-0636 or you can sign up through Facebook or on our attendit app on Facebook or on iGoogle

The Morris Park Branch staff hopes to see you at one of these wonderful programs!

Emerald Isle Treats: It's time to snack! Join cooking wizard Jailin Acevedo as she guides you in making Irish Soda Bread and melt in your mouth toffee.
Tuesdays, April 5 & April 19 at 4pm. This program is for young adults - ages 12-18.

Create A Spring Cake Decoration: It's a Piece of Cake! A non-edible, reusable cake decoration. Join Morris Park cake artist, Celeste Berretta, in creating a spectacular cake decoration.  Use it for that special spring cake you're making or simply display it in your home.
All materials will be provided.  For ages 18 & up.  Pre-registration is required.

Still hungry for more? Find other recommendations for books about food and cooking at NYPL, and join our book discussion on Adriana Trigiani's Brava, Valentine this month.


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Two other great food memoirs

Two other great food memoirs are Hallelujah! The Welcome Table by Maya Angelou and Sophia Loren's Recipes & Memories.

Baking Blogs

Wanted to recommend another fun baking blog Lick the Batter, at Disclaimer: this is my sister's blog, but she's writing great things about the eternal quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, baking bread from the grains left from her husband's brewing hobby, etc.

Thank you for this delicious list!

After I read Tender at the Bone, I went on a long Ruth Reichl reading binge. I'm also a fan of Julie & Julia, and I'm impressed by its blog / book / film success story. And I'd like to recommend another food-related memoir, an unusual book by a NY Times food critic that discusses the darker side of food obsession -- Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni. I hope your teens and grownups have fun with your foodie programs!

Born Round

I actually read Born Round. I forgot about that one! He really battled his food obsession. I will have to display it. Thanks, Andrea.

And another great title is...

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn.

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