10 Female Food Memoirs You Should Read: 2022 Edition

Updated: Sep 20

Last year I wrote about 16 Female Food Memoirs you should read and now I've returned for my 2022 edition! I think I'll keep creating a new list each year but I can't guarantee 16 books each time.

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Books I Read and Really Recommend!

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Serve the People: A St ir-Fried Journey Through China

Jean Lin-Liu (Author)

As a freelance journalist and food writer living in Beijing, Jen Lin-Liu already had a ringside seat for China's exploding food scene. When she decided to enroll in a local cooking school--held in an unheated classroom with nary a measuring cup in sight--she jumped into the ring herself. Progressing from cooking student to noodle-stall and dumpling-house apprentice to intern at a chic Shanghai restaurant, she finds poor young men and women streaming in from the provinces in search of a "rice bowl" (living wage); a burgeoning urban middle class hungry for luxury after decades of turmoil and privation; and the mentors who take her in hand in the kitchen and beyond. Together they present an unforgettable slice of contemporary China in the full swing of social and economic transformation.

I actually vlogged my entire reading experience of this book! This book surprised me and I really enjoyed the journey. I sometimes dream of just going to culinary school myself and Jen Lin-Liu's writing had my mouth watering!

Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up--And What We Make When We Make Dinner

Liz Hauck (Author)

"Your heart will be altered by this book."--Gregory Boyle, S.J., New York Times bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart

Liz Hauck and her dad had a plan to start a weekly cooking program in a residential home for teenage boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency he co-directed. When her father died before they had a chance to get the project started, Liz decided she would try it without him. She didn't know what to expect from volunteering with court-involved youth, but as a high school teacher she knew that teenagers are drawn to food-related activities, and as a daughter, she believed that if she and the kids made even a single dinner together she could check one box off her father's long, unfinished to-do list. This is the story of what happened around the table, and how one dinner became one hundred dinners.