May Reading Challenge: Read a Cookbook

2016 Reading Challenge

My two passions collide: food and books! I love to cook. I love to read. I love to read about cooking! I have more cookbooks than I’ll ever need, I love food memoirs and I’m seriously tempted by any work of fiction that has a cupcake on the cover.

So, this month we’ll be reading a cookbook.

I’ve heard several people say that they like to curl up with a cookbook and read it. I’ve never done it but I think it sounds wonderful. If reading cookbooks is your thing (or if you’d like to try it), you can read a cookbook this month.

But I don’t think we need to limit this challenge to only cookbooks. There are so many food memoirs, filled with inspired recipes and stories, which are equally deserving of this challenge.



Need some ideas? Here are some of my favorites:


When I think about reading a cookbook, I immediately think of The Pioneer Woman. Her cookbooks are filled with delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and the funniest commentary ever. The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond might be my favorite. If you’re a baker, then you might love The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day. It’s an adorable cookbook and I highly recommend the Old Fashioned Cupcake recipe.

Foodie Memoirs

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist –

This book is filled with everything I love – faith, food, and heartfelt discussions – and yet reads as easy as a chat with a good friend. It also has practical, but unique recipes. (I love the Blueberry Crisp and Breakfast Cookies recipes!)

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg –

Delancey tells the story of how the author and her husband opened a restaurant, somewhat reluctantly (well, on her part), and the struggles and lessons learned along the way. It was a surprisingly sweet and heartfelt memoir. If you’ve ever had to face up to a Goliath-sized challenge, you’ll appreciate her perspective.

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl –

This is such a fun foodie memoir! Ruth Reichl is on a flight to New York City, headed there for her new job as the food critic at the New York Times, when the lady in the next seat informs her that her picture and several details about her life are tacked up in every kitchen in New York City. Obviously, the restaurant managers are ready for her and she suddenly realizes that she needs to create disguises to visit these restaurants. She figures it’s the only way to obtain an honest and true assessment of the food and service. You can imagine the hilariousness that ensues. She also learns valuable insight about people, her own mother, and herself along the way. It was an entertaining story and a great escape.

Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ by Paula Deen –

I’ll sum this book up in one sentence: Her story is inspiring. She overcame some serious challenges and had a late start. The empire she built is nothing short of amazing.


Delicious by Ruth Reichl – This is a sweet, very light-hearted type of story. Perfect for “by the pool” reading. The main character, Billie, lands a dream job at a glamorous food magazine, but the story takes a different direction when she finds a series of letters from the WWII era in the magazine’s library and is prompted to action in hopes of resolution. I liked the “behind the scenes” feel of this book.

My Pick For This Month:

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard –

I don’t know too much about this book but I couldn’t resist the cover. I can’t wait to dive in!

Your Turn: What are your favorite types of foodie books? Which book will you be reading this month? Please share in the comments below.

P.S. Bonus points if you try a recipe from the book!



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7 thoughts on “May Reading Challenge: Read a Cookbook

  1. Im reading Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate. I’ve never heard of it before, but it came highly recommended. It takes a look at leaving the commercialized products (food, drinks, and how we view God) in search of the authentic, artisan, and organic.
    Another great book that I think would qualify for this category is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I think it’s a must read for those who are interested in reconnecting with our food in a healthy balanced way…and for those who are curious about self sustainability.


  2. I absolutely loved Ruth’s Garlic and Sapphires, so I am thrilled to find out she has a fiction book! I’ll have to try to find that at the library : )


    • Yes, Garlic and Sapphires was great! Warning: Her fiction isn’t as good as her nonfiction…. but it’s still fun to read. I could definitely see how some of the story was inspired from her own life.


  3. Just found your blog and I accept your challenge to read a cookbook this month. I am going to read Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. Do I come back here to let you know that I am finished? and how I liked it?


    • Welcome, Janna! Garlic and Sapphires is a great pick! I hope you enjoy it. At the end of the month I’ll post a recap of the book that I picked for this month’s challenge and then everyone comments about their picks. What you liked/didn’t like, quotes you liked, etc. Thanks for joining us!


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