We’ve reached the stage of fall where I’m cooking everything from bacon cornbread to tomato soup. One of my favorite parts of my library at home is the food and cookbook section. I love browsing all of the different food stories and take so much inspiration from the recipes in their pages. So this week, I’m sharing a couple of recent food memoirs that I really enjoyed. But first, let’s jump into new releases!
Stay Home & Read Glass by HeyJulianaCollective
This adorable clear glass is perfect for night in on cold autumn nights. Plus, the HeyJulianaCollective also sells glass straws! $16
American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics by Kevin Hazzard
Journalist Kevin Hazzard reports on how a group of Black men help establish EMS as the new standard for emergency care. Before their work in the 1970s, emergency care was haphazard at best, but their work helped modernize emergency medicine. These men were at the forefront of developing emergency practices that have saved thousands of lives.
Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future by Brandi Collins-Dexter
In this collection of essays, Brandi Collins-Dexter, former Senior Campaign Director for Color Of Change, explores the relationship between Black Americans and American politics. Collins-Dexter’s writing is deeply personal as she describes her own experience discussing politics as a Black woman in America.
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Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
I’m obsessed with all sorts of stories around food, but Italian food is one of my favorites. So when I picked up Taste by Stanley Tucci, I knew I was in for a good time. Tucci tells us the story of his life through his relationship with food. We learn about his childhood as an Italian American and the many meals he ate with his family. We go to Italy as he reconnects with his heritage and then to New York City as he pursues his acting career. No matter where Stanley Tucci goes, he is sure to find a great plate of food. I loved how he describes the dishes with such detail that we can attempt to make dishes ourselves — he even provides recipes for some of his favorites!
Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguyen, with Elisa Ung
Tung Nguyen and Katherine Manning met in the 1970s when Manning hosted Nguyen, who had just fled Vietnam at the end of the war. Their relationship grew into something like family as they became business partners and started Hy Vong, a Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. Lyn Nguyen, Tung Nguyen’s daughter, also grew up working at the family restaurant. These three women tell their stories, which are interconnected and overlapping. This multi-narrative effect gives this memoir a unique feel, reminding food lovers the incredible amount of work that goes into creating a restaurant and the great food they serve.