Dirt: Adventures, with Family, in the Kitchen of Lyon, Looking for the Origins of French Cooking
by Bill Buford
A slightly mad, quirky, fish out of water tale from the Granta founder, and former fiction editor of The New Yorker. In this follow-up to 2006’s Heat, in which he learned how to cook Italian food, Buford turns his life upside down by moving to Lyon, France, with his long-suffering wife and twin Pre-K twin boys to learn the classics of French cuisine and study its origins. Buford’s writing style and personality is something like Bill Bryson with ADHD, although it should be stressed that he is never less than erudite and thoughtful. Participatory journalism taken to its extremes.
Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5628244
The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson
Blending nature writing and memoir while exploring the human condition, Swedish journalist Svensson has written a new classic with the charm and power of H is For Hawk, or Annie Dillard. Great pandemic reading that weaves together Aristotle, Freud and Rachel Carson with a zoological mystery that continues to this day. If you only read one book on eels this year (or one book on nature), this is it.
Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5433902