Drinkology Beer: A Book About the Brew
By James Waller
For those who love a sudsy mug of beer and want to learn more about their favorite beverage, Waller’s book will fit the need. It’s chock full of information on the types of beer, the history of beer and the science behind beer, as well as beer games and songs.
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater
By Frank Bruni
As restaurant critic for the New York Times, Bruni’s job had him eating at some of the finest restaurants in the country. He also has had a lifelong struggle with his weight. This memoir traces the ups and downs of that struggle, as well as his love of family, with humor and brutal honesty.
My Korean Deli: Risking it All for a Convenience Store
By Ben Ryder Howe
Howe, an editor for The Paris Review, begins working nights at his in-laws’ deli. He refers to his mother-in-law as “the Mike Tyson of Korean grandmothers” because of her indomitable spirit. This is a funny memoir of a family and a business struggling to stay afloat.
Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table
Edited by Amanda Hesser
As food editor for the New York Times Magazine, Hesser snagged top writers such as Ann Patchett, Tom Perrotta and Colson Whitehead to write about their recollections of food. Whitehead, for example, hilariously delineates the horrors of working in a Long Island ice cream shop. Each of these short pieces is an evocative read.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
By Mary Roach
The bestselling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers brings us this exploration of the ins and outs of the alimentary canal. Roach succeeds in making this tale of food and digestions hilarious, fascinating and gross.