Get out those pots and pans, sharpen your knives, and turn the volume up on your speakers, we have the perfect list of audiobooks to listen to while you cook. These food memoirs and chef stories will thrill, entertain, and inspire you to make something delicious in your own kitchen.
From his first oyster in Gironda to the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, from the restaurants of Tokyo to the drug dealers of the East Village, from the mobsters to the rats, Chef Anthony Bourdain’s brilliantly written and wonderfully read, wild-but-true tales make the belly ache with laughter. Here is a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.
Bacon. McDonald’s. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet and now he gives readers his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Here, Gaffigan reveals his most intimate food memories, opinions, and fantasies that will keep you laughing all the way to the refrigerator.
Best friends Waffles and Mochi know that delicious food brings people together. So, when they start jobs at a supermarket, they want to make a special treat for their coworkers. But what should it be? Their search for an answer will take them around the world as they investigate ingredients, find flavors, and make new friends. Featuring a special introduction written by Michelle Obama, this audiobook is sure to please kids ages 3 to 7.
From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, comes an intimate account of the making of a chef, the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failure.
In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, Chef Kwame Onwuachi shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams, even when they don’t turn out as you expected. Notes from a Young Black Chef is one man’s pursuit of his passions, despite the odds.
“Food rescued me so many other times–not only because I sold food to survive. I cook to entertain; I cook to be liked; I cook to be loved.” In this book, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her personal journey with food–from growing up in Argentina to her time as a Jersey City street vendor and later, as Bon Appetit’s test kitchen manager. Powerful and full of heart, here, Melian explores how we can develop a relationship with food that’s healthy, sustainable, and thoughtful.
Dessert connects us heart-to-heart like almost nothing else. It brings us together in good times and bad, celebration and solace. It marks big and small milestones and creates memories of comfort and joy. And Christina Tosi, the founder and CEO of Milk Bar, believes it can save the world. Studded with personal and unorthodox recipes, Dessert Can Save the World reveals the secret ingredients for transforming our outlooks, our relationships, our work, and our entire collective existence into something boldly optimistic and stubbornly joyful.
Of all the essentials for survival: oxygen, water, sleep, and food, only food is a vast treasure trove of memory and of sensory experience. Food is a portal to culture, to times past, to disgust, to comfort, to love: no matter one’s feelings about a particular dish, they are hardly ever neutral. In My First Popsicle, Zosia Mamet has curated some of the most prominent voices in art and culture to tackle the topic of food in all its elegance, its profundity, and its incidental charm.
From the bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep and healthy eating advocate Camila Alves McConaughey comes a whimsical role reversal in which picky eater parents are confronted by their three kids, with hilarious results.
If you’ve always been intrigued by the idea of baking beautiful, post-worthy loaves of bread from your own sourdough starter but have found the process confusing or intimidating, this is your easy entry into producing incredible loaves at home. Learn the basics of wild yeast bread baking in a mini master class from Chad Robertson, world-renowned inventor of Tartine bread, and Tartine head baker Jennifer Latham.
The first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste. This will be the go-to guide for aspiring sommeliers, wine aficionados who want to improve their blind tasting skills, and amateur enthusiasts looking for a straightforward and visceral way to understand and describe wine.
From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, comes an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive in this audiobook as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish and share.
In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings–and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
Bestselling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef and Hulu’s Taste the Nation Padma Lakshmi takes young readers on an intergenerational journey full of delicious flavors and fun food facts that celebrates a family’s treasured recipes. Tomatoes for Neela lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food.