I am asked to blurb more books than I really can but I was happy to comment on Andrew Carmellini's cookbook, Urban Italian. Andrew is a son of Cleveland who worked for Daniel Boulud for many years before opening A Voce. He left his post there and has been working to open his own restaurant–in the meantime, cooking a lot at home, with his wife, the writer. Good simple Italian fare, lots of cook's stories, and a great voice.
In the literary/historical vein, there's Hometown Appetites about the food writer Clementine Paddleford, the first chronicler of American regional food from the 1920s to the 1960s, written by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris.
On the lighter side, there is David Kamp and David Lynch's Wine Snob's Dictionary, a funny follow up to the Food Snob's Dictionary. Kamp, whom I wrote about here, strikes just the right balance of information and sarcasm without falling into know-it-all snark.
Nothing delights me more than recommending a book about Fat, called Fat, that rejoices in fat!
And finally Food Jobs, by Irena Chalmers, subtitled "150 great jobs for
culinary students, career changers, and food lovers." If you want to
enter the food industry but don't know where you might fit in, this book has all kinds of ideas.
All these books I've been meaning to take note of and at last can. It's a huge book season this year–I think they keep getting better.