We’re always reading books – from the library because we love the library – and this year, we had a food and health theme going on.
We made a list of our top food and health related books with a little review – in case you need a gift idea for a foodie or health nut on your gift list. Or, you just want a new book for yourself! Don’t tell but I usually give myself a gift. Wrapped and from Santa, I always act surprised!
Plus, who doesn’t love to cozy up with a good book? And, they’re easy to wrap in gift paper – all squared off corners and rectangular. (Here’s my favorite wrapping material – old maps!)
By the way, these aren’t ranked based on preference. These are ranked based on a conversation I had with my husband – and our memories! Yes, we both keep a book journal of books we’ve read so that we can actually remember the books we’ve read. This is a combined review from our book journals.
Favorite Food and Health Books
1. “Cooked” by Michael Pollan :: A good book with a brief history on the four types of food transformation – fire, water, air, and earth. We both like how he communicates with the reader what and how he has learned but he waxes a little too poetic sometimes. We’ve got his barbeque pork roast and bread recipe dog eared so that we can try it.
2. “An Everlasting Meal” by Tamar Adler :: Great, simple book that espouses cooking at home and eating well. By using what you have and not getting rid of the leftovers – or what is left in a jar. The title refers to the fact that most good meals come from the remains of the meals that were cooked before them. Leftover vegetables, broth from bones, and pickle juice – all eaten and then used again. The subtitle ‘Cooking with Economy and Grace’ reminds us that it doesn’t have to be expensive to eat really well by using all of what you buy and cook.
3. “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child” by Bob Spitz :: A good, unabashedly pro-Julia biography that seeks to show how she developed the personality she was by explaining and describing her background. Her upbringing, early career, and travels set the scene for the Julia we knew on TV. The amount of effort Julia put into looking and seeming effortless is amazing.
4. “Drop Dead Healthy” by A.J. Jacobs :: By the author of “The Year of Living Biblically” this good book follows a similar format. Jacobs embarks on a multi-year quest to make all parts of his body healthy. He tries out both health fad and science and gives his take on the current research and how his experiments made him feel.
5. “The Story of the Human Body” by Daniel Lieberman :: In this popular science book, Lieberman gives an interesting account of how the human body has evolved over millions of years. He describes how modern world advances are impacting our bodies and causing chronic diseases.
Whether they’re new or old and cherished, books can fit any budget. They’re also easy to share after you’ve read them.
What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year? Were you like us and on a reading ‘theme’ at all?