Great Food Books I am Currently Reading



Dinner with Tennessee Williams – recipes and stories inspired by America’s Southern Playwright

by Troy Gilbert and Chef Greg Picolo of the Bistro Maison de Ville (New Orleans, LA)

with essays by Dr. W. Kenneth Holditch

The book is filled with short essays about Tennessee Williams and how southern food both influenced him as a person and how he integrated the importance of food into his plays. Chef Picolo, takes these Southern gustatory pleasures and transforms them into creative modern-day recipes. The pictures are amazing and while the recipes are somewhat complex, they are definitely doable. Mr. Williams would be pleased.

This is an entertaining read for both theatre and food lovers. And if you love both, well, I just don’t know what else to say except, “Get your hiney in gear and go buy this book!”


97 Orchard – An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.

by Jane Ziegelman

I love history and when it includes food I love it even more. Having been to the Tenement Museum, which coincidentally is at 97 Orchard Street (hmmmm, go figure), I know that the stories that building holds are intriguing, simply from a historical standpoint. Include food in the mix and the stories get even more interesting. I mean, hey, we all gotta eat. This is both an entertaining and informative read with  pictures AND recipes. Oh yeah. . .


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