Food Books: A Holiday Wishlist

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about and planning food dishes and/or events where good food and drink will be consumed. To accompany Booklist’s Editors’ Choice for 2016, I felt there should be a mention of the books that delved into the delectable bites and intoxicating spirits in 2016.

bourbon-fred-minnickBourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, by Fred Minnick
This is personally a favorite subject of mine. More than whiskey, bourbon really brings a delicious sweetness to a drink. Let’s read more about this quintessential American spirit, shall we?

Appetites: A Cookbook, by Anthony Bourdain
Seems like an obvious hint to get anyone who’s into cooking but the snark that Bourdain provides within his favorite recipes can comfort during a stressful holiday season.

Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge by Trine Hahnemann
I have been just a little obsessed with Scandinavian cuisine and culture. Trying out this book may enhance that obsession—to the delight or dismay of my friends.

sweetbitter-stephanie-danlerSweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler
This novel about a twentysomething’s misadventures while serving in a high-end New York restaurant takes me back to many stories and experiences I’ve had with industry friends through the years.

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, by Sarah Lohman
Ever the reference librarian at heart, I appreciate when someone takes a subject and researches the hell out of it. Sarah Lohman takes on the flavors of American cuisine and gives the subject a global context that is needed in times such as these.



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Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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