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Library Corner: Time for comfort food — or reading about it

Emily Pedersen
Grand County Library District

Snowing and blustery outside, curling up in front of a warm fire inside. Many of us love having that good “comfort” book on hand to enjoy a winter night. How about a book that features “comfort” food?

Thanks to a suggestion by one of its members, the Grand County Library District’s Adult Virtual Book Club is exploring culinary literature this quarter. This genre has something for everyone: mysteries, romances, adventures, suspense, memoirs, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction.

Here are three titles to whet your appetite.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais

(Fiction: Book to Movie)

If you loved the movie by the same title, you will enjoy the charming story that inspired it. As a young Indian teenager walks a hundred feet to cross the gulf between his spicy Indian culture and that of the traditional French, he embarks on a journey of destiny. If you are a foodie and relish the colors, flavors, and scents of sumptuous culinary art, you will savor this read about the rise of the talented gourmand Hassan Haji.

“Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise” by Ruth Reichl

(Nonfiction: Memoir)

Some people prefer to eat rather than cook. Imagine getting paid to eat and critique at the same time. Reichl, who is a renowned food critic and the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, gives readers the inside scoop on the food critic’s job. Reichl shares how she invents wild disguises and personas, frequents world-famous restaurants, and tucks into delicious meals. Personal recipes an added bonus.

“Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton

(Nonfiction: Memoir)

How does one survive a broken family, work food jobs to get a buck, study to become a writer, and end up opening a bistro in New York City that grosses almost $2 million a year? Hamilton relates how she discovered her passion in this honest and no-nonsense memoir. Award Winner of Indies’ Choice Book Awards: Adult Nonfiction; James Beard Foundation Book Awards: Writing and Literature; and New York Times Notable Books – Nonfiction: 2011.

Emily Pedersen is the branch manager for the Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling libraries.


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