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Culinary Non-Fiction

Updated: December 13, 2012

These are factual books about the delights of food, eating and places to eat; others are cookbooks which provide historical and cultural backgrounds plus recipes.

by Ziegelman, Jane.
Call Number: 641.097472 Z66

Ziegelman explores the culinary traditions of the German, Irish, Italian, and Eastern European Jewish families who lived in one Lower East Side tenement between 1863 and 1935.

by Gold, Jonathan.
Call Number: 979.41T L881Gol 2000

First Pulitzer Prize winner for food and restaurant criticism, LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold, has collected over 200 of his best LA eatery discoveries.

by Trillin, Calvin.
Call Number: 641.5973 T829

Trillin's hungry quest (See The Tummy Trilogy below.)continues for the next best nosh or complete meal. Alice his loving wife is gone, About Alice, and his two daughters are living in California, a veritable wasteland of self-conscious healthy eating.

by David, Elizabeth, 1913-1992.
Call Number: 641.01 D249-2

Through her writing Elizabeth David changed attitudes about food and cooking in England. This is a compilation of her best articles with some recipes. Pages 167-168, "Untraditional Christmas Food" presents a luxurious alternative to any home cook who feels overwhelmed by holiday pressure.

by Dunea, Melanie.
Call Number: 641.5 D915 folio

What fun when fifty of today's best-of-the-best chefs were asked: what woud you eat at your last supper; who would prepare and serve it; what kind of drink; where would it be; would there be music; who else would be there? The answers are simple to complex with the chefs photographed in garb ranging from absolutely nothing to splendidly elegant. There is a selection of recipes.

by Sax, David.
Call Number: 647.9509 S272

A mouth-watering critique and history of Jewish delicatessens, and the foods and families who made them. Many establishments have lost their original ethnic vitality and tasty cuisine, however three cheers for Los Angeles which Sax deems to be, ". . .America's premier deli city."

by Trillin, Calvin.
Call Number: 641.01 T829-3

This is a trilogy of books: American Fried, Alice, Let's Eat, and Third Helpings. Trillin, social and political critic, and a man with a bottomless stomach who is never too full for one more meal, writes about local foods and restaurants with wit and seriousness.