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Memoirs with Recipes


 Memoirs with recipes: two great book categories that taste great together!

Buttermilk and Bible Burgers Cover
The Call of the Farm Cover
Cake Walk Cover
White Jacket Required

Buttermilk and Bible Burgers by Fred William Sauceman
A trip down the foodways of the Appalachian region.

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
From the creator of the popular blog Orangette, the story of a life with a kitchen at its center. Delancy, also by Molly Wizenberg, recounts the trials of a opening a new restaurant and her new husband.

White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber
A coming-of-age story set in a culinary academy.

Cooking for Gracie by Keith Dixon
A passionate cook recounts the year he spent adapting to life as a new parent.

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn
Colorful characters spanning three generations make up this entertaining family history with recipes.

Cake Walk by Kate Moses
Coming of age tales punctuated with recipes from a lifetime of confectionary obsession.

66 Square Feet by Marie Viljoen
Each chapter chronicles a month in the author’s life as urban dweller, gardener and cook.

Daughter of Heaven by Leslie Li
The author’s grandmother comes to live with her from China and quickly takes control of the kitchen.

The Call of the Farm by Rochelle Billow
A young foodie spends a year falling in love with life on the farm—complete with a mysterious young soulful farmer.

Relish by Lucy Kinsley
Kinsley recalls pivotal moments in her life so far and what she was eating at the time.

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
I cannot decide which I like more, the author’s cheerful approach to family and cooking or the practical recipes.


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another memoir with recipes

I'd add Ruth Reichl's "Tender At the Bone", and her other books too. Fun list!

another one that came out

another one that came out last year: Blue Plate Special

Great Stories & Good Food!

I also enjoyed "The Language of Baklava" by Diana Abu-Jaber and "Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes" by Elizabeth Bard.

Same idea

In this same vein, I highly recommend Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

I would add the recently

I would add the recently released Stir by Jessica Fechtor, a memoir of her recover from an aneurysm in her late 20s and the role of food in that recovery. With recipes!

All Great Suggestions

thank you for all the great suggestions!!! Diane Royer Vance

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