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Anyone who loves food will love one of these books, chosen by Samuel Muston as The Ten Best Food Memoirs ever:
1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Bloomsbury: Bourdain’s no-holds-barred account of life in American kitchens is both a memoir and an insider’s guide to the tricks of the trade.
2. Love In A Dish And Other Pieces by MFK Fisher, penguin.co.uk: Combines recipes with anecdotes about lunches had and wines drunk. A book as well-crafted as the patisserie she loved.
3. Climbing The Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey, bradburypublishing.co.uk: Jaffrey is Britain’s most highly regarded Indian cookery writer. Her life in food began in the days of the raj in Delhi.
4. Between Meals by AJ Liebling, amazon.co.uk: The New Yorker writer’s memoir charts an amusing culinary coming-of-age in the Paris of the 1920s, where he spent a good deal of his family money on food and wine.
5. J’aime New York by Alain Ducasse, hardiegrant.co.uk: Not a memoir in the traditional sense, rather it recounts the 156 restaurants he has frequented since his first time in NYC in 1976.
6. Memories Of Gascony by Pierre Koffmann, octopusbooks.co.uk: Koffmann takes us on trip through his childhood in Gascony by giving us the recipes he ate then and still cooks now.
7. Toast by Nigel Slater, harpercollins.co.uk: Each chapter is a bacchanalia of suburban treats as Slater gives us a grand tour of the family’s larder – rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda and all.
8. Heat by Bill Buford, vintage-books.co.uk: Having previously gone undercover with football hooligans in Among The Thugs, Buford goes under the pan lid as he blags a position in Mario Batali’s staff.
9. A Recipe For Life by Antonio Carluccio, hardiegrant.co.uk: Carluccio remembers the first time his taste buds felt the zing of a well-cooked meal. This is his life… in the kitchen and on TV.
10. My Life In France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme, ducknet.co.uk: Once a brash California girl who didn’t speak one word of French, Child traces her love for French food. – The Independent