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Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes from the authors of the Pen & Palate blog, journalist Lucy Madison and illustrator Tram Nguyen
Grand Central Life & Style, $26
Release Date: Today. May 31, 2016

With a family trip coming up this week, Pen & Palate and all its pretty illustrations (art!) will be the perfect way to incorporate food and vacation. I’ll keep you posted on this summer read.

From the Publisher: Getting through life in your twenties isn’t easy — especially if you’re broke, awkward, and prone to starting small grease fires in your studio apartment. For best friends Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen, cooking was an escape from the daily humiliation that is being a twenty-something woman in a big city. PEN & PALATE traces the course of Lucy and Tram’s devoted friendship through miserable jobs and tiny apartments, first loves and ill-advised flings, successes and setbacks —always with a shared love of food at the center of the narrative. A modern take on Laurie Colwin’s classic Home Cooking, this coming-of-age memoir for the Girls set weaves together comical (mis)adventures and recipes meant to be shared with a best friend and a bottle of wine.

More Food Lit

Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground by Ian Purkayastha
Hachette Books, $27
Release Date: August 23, 2016 February 7, 2017

I’ve wanted to attend the truffle festival held in Eugene, Oregon at the start of the year. For now, maybe this could suffice. :) Sometimes I find books on a foodie adventure a bit hedonistic and wordy, often rendering a promising subject dry and unpalatable. The more interested I am on a topic, the more invested I feel in the success of the book. Fingers crossed.

Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It by Ina Yalof
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $28
Release Date: Today. May 31, 2016

The cover looks enticing and the title pretty much says it all. I’m putting this one on my library hold list.

The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think by Julian Baggini
Granta Books, $15.99
Release Date: August 5, 2016

Despite the mildly preachy title, reviewers say Baggini is anything but.

Tastes Like Chicken by Emelyn Rude
Pegasus Books, $27.95
Release Date: August 2, 2016

It seems fitting to follow up Diana Henry’s JBFA win for A Bird in the Hand with more chicken, although I admit I’m nervous what might be learned on our country’s favorite bird.


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