Archive | March, 2016

Books about Food (not recipes books)

22 Mar

Recently, I’m in a reading craze. Since moving to Singapore, I am now working from home. It sounds really silly but I am afraid oflosing touch with the outside world. This is almost impossible when I have high speed internet at home and random facebook postings informing me the state of the world with the likes of Donald Drumpf (hehe), what horrible things you will catch if you have the packet of instant noodles made from a third world country etc

So anyway, I decided, yes – let’s start reading. I want to continue to grow and I want to feel inspired! Yes – I will get war and peace, only to realise… is over 1000 pages. Ok, maybe something… lighter. Over the weekend, I watched Anthony Bourdain latest series “The Layover”. He went to a bookshop in New York specialising on books about food. He shared a few of his favourite books and he has inspired me to compile my own list of books about food (that are not recipes!). So here goes…

I would start my gastronomy journey braving my way through the noise, stink and dirt of Les Halles in the late 1800s  with The Belly of Paris,  to experience the hustle and bustle and to view the amazing array of fresh produce from the french countryside.


I would then begin my literary feast with Salt: A history of the world before sinking my teeth into Food in history.



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After all the savoury readings, I would quench my thirst with The Brewer’s tale: A history of the world according to Beer and slowly work my way through Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures.


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I am curious what the world most expensive wine is like and I will find out in  The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, then go light again with Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass.


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It’s time for me to sober up with Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World and finish up with a fun read of The Devil’s Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee.


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I think I’m full for now. .


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