Tuesday, August 14, 2012


On a recent trip to Dubai I spent almost all of my time at Book World. The Food and Travel section at this shop at Dubai Mall is my oasis. I am addicted to food memoirs, cookbooks, magazines and being on vacation means buying as many as I can! I refuse to buy books online because the joy of walking in to a book store and picking up a hard copy and flipping through the pages is just incomparable. These are some of the books that I've liked and recommend. Do you have a favorite book? Please send me your recommendations so I can start planning my next vacation ;p

Here is my list (includes memoirs, cookbooks and a journal...in no particular order) 

- The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season at elBulli by Lisa Abend 

I was reading this book a day before my visit to elBulli and the book made the visit a surreal experience!

- Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen by Dalia Jurgensen 

I think the title says it all :)

- Garlic and Sapphires: The secret life of a food critic by Ruth Reichl 

Interesting to read about the 'other side'

- Born Round by Frank Bruni 

Gifted to me by a very dear friend this book hits home on many levels.

- Apron Anxiety by Alyssa Shelasky 

Chic lit meets food. Perfect.

- My Life in France by Julia Child 

Paris, Sigh.

- Eggs by Michel Roux 

An entire book dedicated to recipes around eggs! My idea of perfect food.

- The High Performance Entrepreneur by Subroto Bagchi 

Something I refer to every time I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

- Lucky Peach by Peter Meehan and David Chang 

Ok I confess, I am in love with David Chang. I will read anything that has his name on it (and believe me, I have). I keep stealing these journals from a friend and must return them soon. My favorite articles

- Trickle - Down: The circuitous Path of Ideas in Food and Fashion by Christine Muhlke (Issue 3)

- Should you go to Culinary School? (Maybe, But Probably Not) by Mark Wilson (Issue 3)

- Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton 

I am currently reading this one and can't put it down!

- Sacre Cordon Bleu, What the French know about cooking by Michael Booth 

- The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn 

- CookWise, The Secrets of Cooking Revealed by Shirley O. Corriher 

- The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit 

Thanks to this book I made my maple bacon cupcake. True Love.

- What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained by Robert L. Wolke. 

- Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain 

These are just some that I can think of for now. I would love to keep adding to the list so please help me out! Waiting to see your list :) 


  1. Frances Mayes - Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in the World
    All the Peter Mayle Provence books
    The Adventure of Food: True Stories of Eating Everything by Richard Sterling

  2. These are on my list now.Thanks.

  3. I am now reading Garlic and Sapphires. What a riot. There is a book called Life Is Meals, which is fabulous. I love it. Am also reading It Must Be What I Ate, which is fab. Your list is a good one. Makes me wanna make one of my own. :)