Food, Glorious Food
Food is language. Food is love. Food is family. Food is fun. Fill up your plate—and your e-reader—with these tasty morsels of perfectly priced e-books. They’re all just $1.99 throughout September. So bring us your appetite for great books. Bet you can’t read just one.
Man with a Pan ed. by John Donohue
This book celebrates those who toil behind the stove, trying to nourish and please. Twenty-one of our favorite writers and chefs expound upon the joys—and perils—of feeding their families. Their tales are accompanied by more than sixty family-tested recipes and time-saving tips. What emerges is a book not just about food but about our changing families.
52 Loaves by William Alexander
Alexander is determined to bake the perfect loaf of bread. He tasted it long ago in a restaurant, and he’s going to try to reproduce it—every week for one year—until he gets it right. He will bake his peasant loaf from scratch. And he really means from scratch: growing, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his own wheat.
Candyfreak by Steve Almond
Whatever happened to the whipped splendor of the Choco-Lite or the luscious Caravelle bar? What about Oompahs, Bit-O-Choc, or Kit Kat Dark? Steve Almond was so obsessed by the inexplicable disappearance of these bars that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business.
Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan
For Bijan’s family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. In 1978, when the Islamic revolution in Iran threatened their safety, they fled to California’s Bay Area, where the familiar flavors of Bijan’s mother’s cooking formed a bridge to the life they left behind—and to Bijan’s future as a chef.
The Dinner Diaries by Betsy Block
This humorous, life-changing book takes on the ultimate of all makeovers: improving the family meal. Determined not to give up the good-food fight, Block comes up with a creative ten-step makeover plan to change her white-bread-obsessed daughter, candy-craving son, and fried-food-loving husband one forkful at a time.
Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr
This novel is an irresistible culinary caper with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities. Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men—until Danny O’Shea, a handsome chef from one of New York’s hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show. Casey smells trouble, but feelings ignite faster than a flambé dessert.
Ginseng, the Divine Root by David A. Taylor
The story behind ginseng is as remarkable as the root itself. Prized for its legendary curative powers, ginseng launched the rise to power of China’s last great dynasty and sparked a boom in Minnesota comparable to the California Gold Rush. It has made and broken the fortunes of many and has inspired a subculture in rural America unrivaled by any herb.