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The Bookshelf

I was a bit of a late bloomer to the world of loving to read.  Once I started reading nonfiction, I fell in love and became hooked.  Honestly, it was Hubby who encouraged me to find something I love reading.  Needless to say, I rarely read fiction.  The Bookshelf is where I'm dropping the books I've loved reading.  I hope you'll find something to tickle your reading fancy.

Food Related:

Title: Mediterranean Summer:  A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella
Author: David Shalleck 
Type: Memoir

Shalleck tail of being a chef for five months on a yacht challenged to use local ingredients exclusively with no repeat dishes.  Tavel the French Riviera and experience both place and food in this wonderful book.

Title: Service Included:  Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter
Author: Phoebe Damrosch
Type: Memoir

Ever wonder what it's like to be a waiter at a four-star restaurant?  Damrosch takes you behind-the-scenes during her time at Per Se in New York.  I found this book hard to put down.

Title: Living in a Foreign Language
Author: Michael Tucker
Type: Memoir

If you dream of traveling or living in Italy, this is a wonderful book.  Tucker takes you through all the challenges of living in a foreign country and the romance of the food.  I thought this book was a quick and easy read.

Title: Eat the City
Author: Robin Shulman
Type: Regional Food

Love to read about food?  Then this book is a great read.  I learned a lot about New York and the history of food in the big city.  You can read my review of the book here.

Title: An Everlasting Meal
Author:  Tamar Adler
Type:  Food

I love reading about food and this book is no exception.  What I enjoyed about this book is that it's more book than cookbook.  There are recipes, but it's more about how to use what you have and cook without the step by step of recipe guidance.  It's a great read for any foodie or wannabe foodie.

Food References:

The Food Substitutions Bible: More Than 6,500 Substitutions for Ingredients, Equipment & Techniques 
Author:  David Joachim
Type:  Reference

This is a great resource for any kitchen library.  If there's a substitution it's probably in here.

 The Food Lover's Companion
Author:  Sharon Tyler Herbst & Ron Herbst
Type:  Reference

This is quite possibly the most used book in my kitchen library.  I have the First Edition, and really should upgrade to the faith edition, as it's grown from 3000 terms to 7200.  This book lives by our kitchen table for ease of access.

Other Reads:

Title:  Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author:  Elizabeth Gilbert
Type:  Motivational

I love the way she talks about telling your inner critic that they're welcome to come along, but they need to sit in the backseat and be quiet.  Creativity is just as much a gift to the creator, just as much as it is to the audience.  Seeking the courage to embrace your inner artist?  Then this is a great book to get you on the right path.

Title: Rising Strong
Author:  Brene Brown
Type:  Motivational

The best thing I took away from this book is this quote - "When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling."This is a great read to start owning shame, learning to fall, and even more importantly, learning to be brave and feel your way back up. this book is really about having the courage to live your life, all of it!

Title: American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier
Author:  Hannah Nordhaus
Type: Biography, Travel literature

Parts of this book were a little slow, but overall this was a good read.  Having been to Santa Fe I could visualize the area and a few of the places she spoke of.