Top 5 Beach Reads for Food Lovers and Food Learners
Every summer my mom would take us kids to the beach, and while we built sandcastles and swam, she would bury her head in a book atop a towel on the sand. She was constantly shifting her gaze from the page to the kids, making sure we didn't stray too far or go too deep. And so our summer went, us swimming and sculpting, her reading on warm afternoons. We would pack up and return home for dinner, and while she got the evening's meal ready, we would run through the grass with the neighbor kids in a game of hide-and-seek.
If you're looking for your own dinnertime inspiration after a long afternoon at the beach with the kids, here are a few good books that will do everything from inspire you to wake you up when it comes to the food you're putting on the table and in your mouth.
The Butcher and the Vegetarian by Tara Austen Weaver
As someone who dabbled for 7 years in a vegetarian lifestyle, I love to read about others' reintroduction or, in this case, first experience with meat. Tara explores meat in an effort to improve her health at the recommendation of her doctor and gives an in-depth look at meat from butchering to the ethics of eating it.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
If you are in love with Molly's blog, Orangette, you definitely aren't alone. Molly most definitely has a way with words, and that natural talent comes out strong as she describes growing up where life revolves around the kitchen.
Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Just released June 8, Anthony Bourdain explores the secrets of the food industry. This one makes the list for no other reason than I appreciate his snark and bluntness and am hoping to see it again here.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan takes a deeper look into the American diet, with all its preservatives and health claims. If you're looking to find the reasons to shift your diet to one full of real foods, this is definitely a must-read.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
If you haven't read it yet, Kingsolver's journey from the supermarket to a locavore, eating only food grown or raised locally, is definitely inspiring. She takes a look at how we eat and what we eat, meanwhile bringing us along for the adventure of her family as they move from supermarket to farmer's market.