What We're Reading: Late February Book Roundup

Yes, we're deep into our Book Club pick, Julia Child's memoirs, but being book-lovers we all have lots more on our bedside tables. Here are a few of the food-related books that we're currently reading.

The Warmest Room in the House: How the Kitchen Became the Heart of the Twentieth-Century American Home - We're just starting Steven Gdula's examination of the kitchen's role in 20th America, but already it's very interesting. We'll have a review soon...

Sacred Food: Cooking for Spiritual Nourishment - This is a big, lavishly illustrated book with photographs and stories from all over the world. Elizabeth Luard is a beautiful writer - her stories of how food and faith intersect in traditions all over the world are interesting. The photos are gorgeous.

The Art of Eating - M.F.K. Fisher's classic collected essays - we are relative newcomers to Fisher and are nearly addicted to her essays currently. She was not just a great food writer; she was one of the great writers of the 20th century.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Novelist Barbara Kingsolver lives off the land in Virginia with her family for a year. This book deserves all the praise and attention it's received - we're enjoying it immensely.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom Standage tells (very quickly!) the story of the world through beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola. This is a brisk read and we're learning a lot.

What food books are on your reading list?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.