Food Writing that’s Good for the Soul

Aug 18, 2022

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Food Writing that’s Good for the Soul
BY JACQUELYN DUGGAN

woman reading food writing
woman drinking sweet tea

A few weeks ago, Emily shared a post on Instagram that there are officially 40 days left of summer. For some reason, that countdown stuck with me more than usual.

This summer has been a whirlwind of plans, obligations, and travel for me personally, and I realized that there are some things I still really want to do that feel quintessentially summer.

One of my favorites? Sitting on the front porch with a glass of sweet iced tea or lemonade (I know, I’m giving all the stereotypical southern vibes: forgive me!) and reading a really good book.

There are so many people who share their favorite summer reads (two of which I adore are @linesiunderline and @annebogel) – but one of my very favorite, soul-soothing, heart-happy genres is food writing, and I’d love to share a few of my favorites with you!

Save Me the Plums – Ruth Reichl

Reichl shares her experience of working for Gourmet Magazine in her most recent memoir. I read this book in two days! It read like a novel, and I found myself turning the page, dying to hear where Reichl would take me next in her journey. If you love NYC and reminiscing the 90s/early 00s – this is the book for you.

Summer Kitchens – Olia Hercules

My dear friend Heather shared this book with me for my birthday this year, and I am completely enamored. Hercules shares recipes from her Ukrainian heritage and weaves in stories of their culture and cooking in “summer kitchens.” I am learning so much from this gorgeous book; the photography and writing are stunning. Would definitely recommend it!

The Lazy Genius Kitchen – Kendra Adachi (aka: The Lazy Genius)

I am a huge fan of The Lazy Genius, and her most recent book is no exception. Here, she shares her tips and tricks for navigating the kitchen. It honestly feels like a big sister is teaching me everything I’ve ever wanted to know (or need to be reminded of) about my kitchen. I love this book so much!

Deep Run Roots – Vivian Howard

I’ve had this beautiful book for about two years, and I’ve picked it up and put it down so many times. It’s the perfect companion for a slow morning or on a stormy evening when you want something comforting to read. Howard has a way of inviting you into her way of life that is just really special. Would highly recommend you add this one to your collection.

How will you spend these final 40 days? Will you pick up any of these books? I’d love to know. Happy reading, and enjoy the rest of summertime!

If you enjoyed this post, read Autumn Reading: Book Recommendations

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