Marcia Chatelain$28.95 $26.92
An elegantly written, richly researched history that illustrates how deeply entwined the narratives of food, capital, and entrepreneurship are to the Black American experience.
Emily J H Contois$28.69
A sharp-as-hell dissection of how cultural notions of masculinity and femininity are weaponized in the kitchen, the grocery store, the dinner table, and everywhere else. Fascinating, mordant, enraging, illuminating.
Gina Rae La Cerva$26.95 $25.06
A wide-ranging, globe-spanning travelogue of foraging, deftly reported and beautifully written, which doubles as a powerful thesis on climate, geography, colonialism, and what it means to be (or to be called) indigenous.
Sandor Ellix Katz$25.00 $23.25
A strange, wondrous book that does exactly what the title promises. Katz, a high priest of fermentation, poetically draws together threads that link the world of the microbiome to the macro: art, religion, sex, emotion, memory, activism, growth, death, family, and one's own sense of self.
A passionate, rigorous, first-person argument for restoring dignity to the maligned, overlooked, under-funded, culturally dismissed world of "institutional food," as well as restoring dignity to the people in circumstances of eating it.
Magnus Nilsson$59.95 $55.75
Fäviken, by all accounts a wondrous Swedish restaurant (that I'm sad I never visited), closed forever this year. This book is a Cubist portrait of a place and an endeavor, all faces and times at once: essays and disquisitions, recipes, profiles, portraits, and a catalog of every dish ever prepared.
Philosophical, meditative, and meandering; intimately personal but also tremendous in its universality. An exploration, through food, of the idea of care, how we live with it and within it, and how it's shaped and inflected by community, religion, race, nation, friendship, family, love, and obligation.
Lisa Donovan$28.00 $26.04
A poetic chainsaw of a memoir — a story of cooking, restaurants, family, pastry, and astonishing resilience, fueled by rage and love in equal parts, ending in a place of astonishing emotional generosity. (And goddamn can Donovan turn a sentence.)
Gabe Ulla and David Chang$28.00 $26.04
You get the sense, reading this, of sitting in on a therapy session: Chang chews through family dysfunction, self-loathing, mental illness, and the trauma of success with a degree of rawness and candor that verges on surreal. (Shoutout to chapter 15, one of the most astonishing things I've read all year.)
John Birdsall$35.00 $32.55
Birdsall's biography is both elegant and unvarnished, a beautifully unconventional life-audit that locates Beard in contexts where he isn't often placed: his queerness, his strangeness, his difficulties and triumphs.