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: 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, 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.