If you’ve glanced at my other staff picks, you’ll see I am a huge fan of Caitlin Moran. She is a blue collar Nora Ephron, a Tina Fey from the wrong side of the tracks, but even funnier. Everytime I read her work, I cackle with glee. Moranthology is no exception to the cackling. Moranthology is a collection of Moran’s most beloved articles from the various British publications she writes for. Topics range from an interview with Lady Gaga in a sex club in Berlin to the importance of social services for low income households in Britain. Moran’s approach to each topic is entertaining and refreshing- and full of bite. (This anthology is a must read for fans of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl!)
Was there ever a more jovial soul than that of Julia Child? I highly doubt it. My Life in France, written by Child with assistance from her nephew Alex Prud’homme, is an anthology of letters and remberences of Child’s life changing time in France. We follow her as she first adapts to life in Paris and finds her true calling in cooking (and eating!) French cuisine. From her time in crafting and publishing Mastering the Art of French Cooking to her brief time in Marsielle, and later, when Julia and Paul refurbished an old house in the French country side- most of the important events in her life transpired in France . This book is a poetic, smart but pretty and poetic love letter from Julia to France.
Fans of Molly Wizenberg’s foodie blog Orangette and her previous book, A Homemade Life, know that Wizenberg’s appeal lies in the smart way that she pairs emotionality with clear and concise writing, delicious recipes with backstories. Her new book, Delancey, is no different. Delancey is half love story and half food literature- written in a very linear manner, Wizenberg tells the story of how she met, fell in love, and wed her husband and how they then decided to open a pizza restaurant right outside of Seattle. Between the chapters that tell the tale of the restaurant Delancey, lie several recipes that they were important to them while they were working to open the restaurant. A delicious book- I gobbled it whole in an afternoon, and afterwards went out for pizza.