It would be an understatement to say that I enjoy books. I am continuously perusing Amazon to see what is new, wishing I had money to buy the book.
These are some of the books that I have read and enjoyed as it relates to developing my passion for food and theology. The list will forever be in flux, but hopefully you will find it helpful.
The books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name, not in order of preference.
Cookbooks – Books that I turn to when I need a recipe
- Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Contains recipes from Yunnan Province where I lived for three years.
- Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt. Claire and I love to make the Meyer Lemon Marmalade, and love eating it even more.
- How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. Usually the first place I look when I need ideas or a recipe.
- Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food by Evan Goldstein and Joyce Goldstein. Technically not a cookbook, but offers ideas and suggestions on how to pair wine with food along with a few recipes.
- Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins. Technically not a cookbook, but a must have resource about cheese.
- Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller. Need I say more?
- Domaine Chandon Cookbook by Jeff Morgan. Domaine Chandon was my grandparents favorite sparkling wine, so the name holds a special place in my heart.
- The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food by Garret Oliver.
- The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. Lists 100s of ingredients and what other ingredients pair well with them. Great resource to think creatively.
- The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson.
- The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. A classic.
- The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Another classic American cookbook.
- The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook by Niki Segnit. Similar idea to The Flavor Bible.
- Cocina de la Familia by Marilyn Tausend
- The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking by Barbara Tropp. Considered one of the best books on Chinese Cooking.
- The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters. Alice is credited with starting the idea of farm to table cooking back in the 1970s.
Books on Food – Books that explore the wonders of food and eating.
- Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens by Lynne Christy Anderson.
- Beard on Food: A Feast of Gastronomic Inspirations, Cooking Ideas, and Irresistible New Recipes by James Beard.
- Delights and Prejudices by James Beard.
- The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Quite possibly one of the most influential books on food and eating ever.
- The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Farrar Capon. An Anglican Priest who loves to cook.
- The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher. One of the great 20th century food authors.
- Food: The History of Taste edited by Paul Freedman. A good introduction to how different cultures/time periods thought of food.
- The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature by Leon R. Kass, M.D. A look at the effects of eating on human nature from a humanistic point of view.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.
- Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth. Argues that what and how we, women specifically, eat is inextricably tied to our fundamental beliefs about life.
Food and Theology – Books that look at food and eating from a Christian perspective.
- Blessings of the Table: Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year by Brother Victor-Antoine d’ Avila-Latourrette.
- A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, & Mission around the Table by Tim Chester. Looks at Jesus’ meals in the Gospel of Luke to see what they might teach us.
- The Lord’s Table: The Meaning of Food in Early Judaism and Christianity by Gillian Feely-Harnik.
- Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating by L. Shannon Jung.
- Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment by L. Shannon Jung.
- Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel by Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.
- The Feast of the World’s Redemption: Eucharistic Origins and Christian Mission by John Koenig
- The Women in God’s Kitchen: Cooking, Eating, and Spiritual Writing by Cristina Mazzoni.
- Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine Pohl.
- Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper by Ben Witherington III.
- Food & Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba. Currently the best book out there giving shape to what a theology of food and eating might look like