Earlier this month I compiled a list of my planned summer eating. Here's a list of my planned summer reading:
- Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
- Triksta: Life & Death & New Orleans Rap by Nik Cohn
- Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
- The Nasty Bits : Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain
- Barcelona by Robert Hughes
- Red Thunder by John Varley
- Pig Perfect : Encounters with Remarkable Swine and Some Great Ways to Cook Them by Peter Kaminsky
- The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
- JPod by Douglas Coupland
It's a nice list of light and easy books with an emphasis on food writing. So far I've started reading Triksta, which is a good if loosely written anecdotal history of the Pre-K rap scene in New Orleans, and Heat, which is the brilliant story of New Yorker writer Bill Buford's adventures in Mario Batali's kitchen intermingled with the story of Batali himself. Both books are providing just the right amount of summer enjoyment.
I'm sure I'll have more installments as the summer wears on. What are you reading? I'd love to know.