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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’re thinking what you’re thinking: food!

Indulge your senses, learn something new, and immerse yourself in culinary culture with these food-focused picks.


Eat a Peach: A Chef’s Memoir

by David Chang

Celebrated chef David Chang shares the story of his “culinary coming-of-age” in this deeply personal memoir.

Number One Chinese Restaurant

by Lillian Li

A story centered on the Han family, owners of a Chinese restaurant, as they work through inter-generational tension and dysfunction.

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

by Michael W. Twitty

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty traces his family history through the origins of Southern cuisine while navigating the South’s uncomfortable past.

Hungry Ghosts

by Anthony Bourdain

A group of international chefs play a Samurai game called 100 Candles, where each tells a food-focused, terrifying ghost story — and hopes to survive.

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

by Marcus Samuelsson

This intimate memoir chronicles acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson’s journey to success, from Ethiopia to Sweden to NYC, marking failure and discovery along the way.


by Ruth Reichl

When an iconic food publication is shut down, one staff member is offered to stay in a new position answering calls and questions — which leads to a powerful discovery.

Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

by Gabrielle Hamilton

An unflinching recounting of Hamilton’s culinary path, moving from kitchen to kitchen with “uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.”



by Stephanie Danler

A novel-turned-TV-series following a young woman entering the chaos and opportunity of a career in fine dining and a life in New York City.


Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

by Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain explores and exposes his perceptions of the culinary world in this collection of essays, an unofficial companion to Kitchen Confidential.


by Banana Yoshimoto

Three women form an unlikely family in this enchanting story about healing, connection, grief, and the power of a kitchen.

Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

by Julie Powell

Julie Powell takes on a life-altering mission to spend one year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.


by Dolly Alderton

Successful food writer Nina Dean navigates her early thirties, working through relationships, loss, and the passage of time