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(Not Just) Food Books

Cookbooks, books about food, and other good reads. 

Some of my current favorite food-related books, as well as some other perennial faves. Happy reading!  - Lynley


Oh joy, the Series of Unfortunate Events book series has been made into a series on Netflix! Food makes an appearance as the plot unfolds in each book, and my kids and I loved the books so much I created a cooking class around them!   

You can check out my Series of Unfortunate Cooking Lessons here.

If you're trying to decide if the book series is right for your children, you can read my parent-to-parent review here.

If you are the type of person who likes to read books with pleasant adults and happy endings, you would be better off reading some other series, such as the Congressional Record.


Read my short synopsis here. The perfect book for anyone who wants to understand, once and for all, what science actually tells us we should eat! If you're ready to move past fads and buzzwords and hype to eat real food, this is the book for you. 

Pollan's latest book talks about how the methods of cooking make us who we are.

Pollan's original book about our food system.

A version of the classic for younger eaters.

Unlike so many other Mexican cookbooks, this is one that's all about the sweets: paletas, baked goods, beverages, and more. I've barely scratched the surface in this book, and love it already. I can't wait to fully plumb it's delicious depths this year!  

My 12 year-old son declared "I'm tired of sandwiches!" so I bought this book for both of us. Tyler Kord is the NYC chef behind the No. 7 Sub shop, and this is like no other cookbook you've ever read. Part food rant, part confessional, part recipe book, it's creative, irreverant, somewhat inappropriate, and totally hilarious. A great read for anyone 12 and up (if you don't mind a few curse words here and there).

Weighing in at who-knows-how-many-pounds, this is a great resource for everyone who wants to understand what really works in the kitchen, and why.

An interesting take on how adults can influence the eating habits and preferences of children. Lots of food for thought (so to speak).

I read this as part of my research into food preferences prior to my Raising An Adventurous Eater event at the Nutley Farmer's Market in September 2016. A solid, research-based work to explain where food preferences come from, how much is nature vs. nurture and culturally driven, what parents can and should do to influence their kids' eating behaviors, and what adults can do to change their own eating habits.

The most recent addition to the "Everything" series - I just bought this book and can't wait to work my way through it! In true Mark Bittman style, it's filled with charts and explanations to help home cooks understand how baking works and why, and how to improvise once you understand the basics.

A modern classic. This belongs on the bookshelf of everyone learning to cook! Includes nearly everything the average American wants to know how to make, with lots of ideas for variations on each theme. Mark Bittman is down-to-earth and no-nonsense.

The vegetarian version of How To Cook Everything, with everything you need to know to cook with tofu, tempeh, seitan, and countless fruits, veggies, beans and grains.

I've really enjoyed this book this year. Great new ideas to use every part of the plant in our cooking, with beautiful photography guaranteed to make even the most reluctant veggie-eater fall in love with eating plants.

A great resource for anyone hoping to add more plants to their repertoire. With pictures, charts and detailed how-tos, Cara Mangini shows the reader how to select, store and use just about anything you can think of.