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{Feeding the mind}

Ok, yes, this is a food blog. But when I’m not doing food related things, I can generally be found feeding my mind/wanderlust/imagination with a book.

For the past several years I’ve kept a list of the books I’ve read. But as I’m often asked what I’m reading, or if I have recommendations, I thought that maybe it would make sense to bring the list online… So, here it is. If the book has a * next to it, that means that I super liked it. Books without a star aren’t necessarily bad, just not my favorites. I may add previous years… let me know if you’re interested.

You’ll see there’s quite a bit of variety here, and I’ll be honest, I’m almost embarrassed to admit to having read a few of these. But, just as I like to indulge in Cool Ranch Doritos or Coors Light every once in a while, I need junk food for my brain too. Historical fiction a la Phillipa Gregory or chick lit are my guilty pleasures… you’ll also notice that I read quite a bit about food.

I’m always looking for a good read. If you have recommendations, please leave a comment below or email me.

2012:
1. With the Old Guard, Eugene Sledge*
2. Pereira Maintains, Antonio Tabucchi*
3. Black Heels & Tractor Wheels, Ree Drummond*
4. Local Girls, Alice Hoffman*
5. Lit, Mary Karr*
6. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy*
7. Buffalo for the Broken Heart, Dan O’Brien*
8. Oh, Mexico!, Lucy Neville
9. Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks*
10. The Sojourn, Andrew Krivak
11. When Everything Changed, Gail Collins
12. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
13. Purge, Sofi Oksanen
14. Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky
15. The Singles, Meredith Goldstein
16. Sweet Life in Paris, David Lebowitz
17. Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Pachett*
18. Sisters, Nancy Jensen*
19. House of Special Purpose, John Boyne
20. Eager to Please, Julie Parsons
21. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo*
22. The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Edith Beer
23. Hemingway’s Boat, Paul Hendrickson
24. Northern Lights, Jennifer Donnelly
25. Same Kind of Different as Me, Ron Hall & Denver Moore
26. Bluesman, Andre Dubus III*
27. One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus*
28. Grave Digger’s Daughter, Joyce Carol Oates

2011:
1. Small Island, Andrea Levy*
2. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy*
3. In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant
4. Mudbound, Hillary Jordan*
5. The Lizard Cage, Karen Connelly*
6. One Good Turn, Kate Atkinson
7. Blood, Bones & Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton*
8. Sea of Glory, Nathaniel Philbrick*
9. Liar’s Club, Mary Karr*
10. Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick*
11. Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks*
12. March, Geraldine Brooks*
13. The 25th Hour, David Benioff*
14. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
15. Joy in the Morning, Betty Smith*
16. Driving with Dead People, Monica Holloway*
17. Black Swan Green, David Mitchell*
18. Stolen Innocence, Elissa Wall
19. Townie, Andre Dubus III*
20. Couples, John Irving
21. The Authentic Animal, Dave Madden*
22. A Much Married Man, Nicholas Coleridge
23. Gigi, Colette
24. Salt, Mark Kurlansky
25. Helmet for my Pillow, Robert Leckie*
26. Thirteen Reasons why, Jay Asher

2010:
1. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell*
2. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
3. Master Butcher’s Singing Club, Louise Erdrich*
4. Lamb, Christopher Moore*
5. Blessings, Anna Quindlen
6. Wild Swans, Jung Chang
7. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen*
8. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
9. Shanghai Girls, Lisa See*
10. Death Cruise, Don Davis
11. Four Letters of Love, Niall Williams
12. This is Not the Story You Think it is, Laura Munson
13. Waiter Rant, Steve Dublanica
14. Appetite for Life, a biography of Julia Child, Noel Riley Fitch
15. Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay*
16. Comfort me with Apples, Ruth Reichl*
17. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick*
18. Little Bee, Chris Cleave
19. Last Days of Dog Town, Anita Diamant
20. Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult
21. How to be Single, Liz Tuccillo
22. The Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich*
23. Day into Night, Anita Diamant*
24. The Secret Life of Josephine, Carolly Erickson
25. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, Carolly Erickson
26. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
27. World’s End, T.C. Boyle
28. Holding onto Air, Suzanne Farrell
29. Tender at the Bone, Ruth Reichl
30. Eating my Words, Mimi Sheraton
31. Garlic & Sapphires, Ruth Reichl
32. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy*
33. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath*
34. American Pastoral, Phillip Roth
35. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
36. Something Blue, Emily Giffin
37. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot*

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 01.03.2011 7:58 pm

    I just got “The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at The Culinary Institute of America” by Michael Ruhlman for Xmas .. have you read it?

    Justin

    • Tania deLuzuriaga permalink*
      01.03.2011 8:00 pm

      I have not… will have to put it on the list! I try to vary food books with non-food books. but I am almost ready for one. Of course I have like five on the shelf waiting for me…

  2. 01.04.2011 9:33 am

    Don’t feel guilty for reading chick-lit. I reread Harry potter every other year because well I’m obsessed with it.

  3. Jess Sharbaugh permalink
    03.03.2011 4:01 pm

    Love that you keep a book list, me and Ben do the same thing!

    • Tania deLuzuriaga permalink*
      03.07.2011 8:14 pm

      send me yours, please! Always looking for new reads.

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