Book Crazy

My father gave Valerie and I a spot of currency for Christmas, and I’ve decided to use a portion of it for several books I’ve had on my mind. Here’s the short stack:

1. Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly – This is the book that, as I understand, identified Anthony Bourdain as the grand curmudgeon of the culinary world. I’ve always enjoyed his essays, so I look forward to this memoir of his days working in haute cuisine.

2. The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen – Writer Michael Ruhlman‘s latest book, even he refers to it as a “Strunk and White’s” for the kitchen. Should have some excellent essays and provide a fantastic reference for technique.

3. Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing – Ruhlman was involved with this book as well. But really – it’ll teach me to make my own bacon. Need I say more?!?

4. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – This is Michael Pollan‘s follow-up to The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I’ve been anticipating it’s release since I finished the latter.

I couldn’t really pass up the free shipping on Amazon, so now I have at least a week to wait for my volumes to arrive, but I certainly have plenty of reading ahead for 2008 🙂

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