Bibliography for Eating My Words
March 31, 2011
After I spoke at Stanford yesterday, some people asked if I would post a bibliography of the books I mentioned during the speech. And no wonder; as I began to compile this list, I realized that I referenced a great many books – and that many of them are fairly obscure.
The opening quote is not at all obscure. "It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others." It is from the introduction to the Art of Eating, by M.F.K. Fisher. The book is a compilation of 5 books, and while you've got it, I recommend that you read all of The Gastronomical Me.
The next quote isn't obscure either; it comes from Winnie the Pooh. I probably don't need to tell you that it was written by A. A. Milne.
But the next quote, about the rigid rules of the Victorian dinner table, may be less familiar. It is from one of my favorite food historians, Colin Spencer, who wrote, British Food: An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History.
Among the many other texts I referred to:
Jacques Pepin, The Apprentice
Eight Discourses on the Art of Living from the Studio Where Elegance is Valued, was published around 1590 by Gao Lian.
De Re Coquinaria, is a compilation of Roman recipes that is often attributed to Marcus Gavius Apicius, who lived around the first century.
Livy (Titus Livius), a Roman historian born in 59 B.C), Ab Urbe Condita Libri, "Chapters from the Foundation of the City,"
Athenaeus wrote The Deipnosophists, (Scholars at the Dinner Table) in the third century AD.
Allen Ginsberg, "A Supermarket in California," from Howl
William Carlos Williams, "This is Just to Say"
Meadows of Gold by Al-Masudi, who was considered the Herodotus of the Arab world, (871-957 AD)
The Cuisiner Francois, 1651
The Accomplisht Cook by Robert Mays, 1588
Il Triciante (The Carver), 1581
Marie-Antoine Careme was known as the "King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings" He lived from 1784-1833.
A.J. Liebling, Between Meals
Joseph Mitchell, "All You Can Hold for Five Bucks" from Up in the Old Hotel
Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones and Butter
Peg Bracken, The I Hate to Cook Book
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What a great reading list!
Yes! Great list!
Gabrielle Hamilton is next on my list…
Thank you for the inspiring list – also, for your words of wisdom at the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival last Monday. Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir is still in my head after finishing BB&B a few weeks ago – she is one terrific author – 97 Orchard, an account of immigrants living in New York in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s makes me appreciate all of the culinary blessings that we now have
omg! I want to read each and every one of these books!