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Serious Reads: Four Food Books We're Loving

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The history of lunch, an investigative look at the meat industry, a memoir in meals, and more. Check out four food books we're loving this month, after the jump! More

Serious Reads: Four Food Books We're Loving

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How individuals can combat the agricultural impacts of climate change, a new edition of an iconic encyclopedia of food, a tribute to vintage kitchen utensils, and a study of gourmet dining over the years: see four great food books we're reading right now! More

Serious Reads: Four Food Books We're Loving

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The ultimate resource in Texas barbecue, illustrated recipes, a fun introduction to the world of food policy, and more! See what we're reading this month. More

Serious Reads: Five Books We're Loving

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From small-town restaurant reviews to pushback against foodies, we've covered it all in this month's Serious Reads. Check out what we're reading this month! More

Gift Guide: Our Favorite Food-Centric Books of the Year

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This year, I read a whole bunch of books for Serious Reads. Here are my top ten picks for the bookish food lovers in your life this year. More

Serious Reads: Four Books We're Loving This Month

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Secrets of mushroom hunters, a memoir about opening a cafe in Rwanda, a revealing new cookbook, and more! More

Serious Reads: 5 Food Books We're Loving

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This month, we learned all about soul food, discovered the history of San Francisco's food scene, and devoured essays from the newest Best Food Writing anthology. Check out our favorite food books this month! More

Serious Reads: 4 Food Books We're Loving

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This month, we read books about climate change, soil depletion, agricultural laborers and processed sugar. Click through to find out more about four books we're loving right now! More

Serious Reads: 5 Food Books We're Loving

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From the history of chocolate to a gritty memoir of life on a cultish organic farm, here are five food books that we've been reading. More

Serious Reads: 5 Food Books We're Loving

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From a sociohistorical analysis of processed foods to memoirs written by some of the biggest names in the food industry, here are five books we've been reading. More

Serious Reads: 4 Food Books We're Loving

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From an inspired tale of winemaking and personal growth to an incisive take on the meat industry, here are four food books that we've been reading. More

Serious Reads: 5 Books We're Loving

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New titles from two heavy hitters (Pollan and Bittman), plus a rowdy kitchen memoir and a controversial feminist work—these are just some of the books on shelf this month. More

Serious Reads: 4 Books We're Loving

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From illustrations of penguins making cocktails to a history of kosher certification, here are four new books that have caught our eye recently. More

Serious Reads: 5 Food Books We're Loving

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From food policy to food poetry, here are five new books that have caught our eye. More

Serious Reads: 5 Food Books We're Loving

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A text for cheese lovers, a collection of Southern stories, a memoir from France and more food books we're reading right now. More

Serious Reads: Creamy and Crunchy, by Jon Krampner

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I never gave much thought to the history and development of peanut butter. Thankfully, Jon Krampner investigated it in this book. More

Serious Reads: Best Food Writing 2012, edited by Holly Hughes

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Best Food Writing 2012 lives up to its claim—the work included in this anthology is some of the best food writing I've read this year. The book succeeds in demonstrating the depth and creativity that food writers can accomplish. A must-read for aspiring food writers, obsessive readers, or those just looking for a fast, enjoyable read this holiday season. More

Serious Reads: The Art of the Restaurateur, by Nicholas Landers

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Nicholas Landers, the restaurant critic for the Financial Times, pays homage to the men and women behind the scenes of some of the world's great restaurants in his book The Art of the Restaurateur. More

The 10 Best Non-Cookbook Food Books of 2012

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I read a lot of books for this job—about 52 a year, in fact. In all this page turning, there are many books that are just not memorable. But luckily, there tend to be many more that are. Here are my picks for the best non-cookbook food books of 2012. Now you know just what to buy for your pickiest literary friends this holiday season. More

Serious Reads: Let the Meatballs Rest, by Massimo Montanari

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A prolific writer on food history and culture, Massimo Montanari has lots to say about why we eat the ways we do. His book Let the Meatballs Rest, and Other Stories About Food and Culture is a compilation of 100 short pieces. The works explore the origins of specific ingredients and ways of cooking, and how culturally-specific diets have shaped human society for centuries. More

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