Food Book Fairs, Festivals and Events 2020 & 2021

The best food books of 2020 that will get you thinking, not cooking


Top row: “Dirt” by Bill Buford (Alfred Knopf), “Rebel Chef” By Dominique Crenn (Penguin Random House) and “Caffeine” by Michael Pollan (Audible). Bottom row: “The Man Who Ate Too Much” by Jim Birdsall (W.W. Norton), “Everything Is Under Control” by Phyllis Grant (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and “Franchise” by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright/W.W. Norton).

Washington Post – By
[Tim Carman]

Food reporter/columnist

Dec. 24, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PST

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Just an FYI - downloaded a copy of The Man Who Ate Too Much, and am sorry I did. As many books of this type are, it is sorely in need of a good editor. If you are intrigued with the minutia of JB’s life however, you may enjoy it. While I like and admire the man, it’s simply a lot of detail to slog through.

The documentary “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir” just debuted on PBS. There are some clips of food scenes from the movie version of her novel, “The Joy Luck Club.” The documentary is 100-minutes long, was directed by James Redford, the late son of actor Robert Redford. The entire video will be available only through May 17, 2021.

The link below connects to the 2-minute trailer. To watch the entire documentary, click on “Watch Full Episode.”

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just won 2021 Pulitzer Prize for History -

excerpt from NY Times review in 2020:

As Chatelain describes it, those early battles between McDonald’s and civil rights activists mainly revolved around who got served and who got hired. Later, activists began to petition for black ownership of franchises located in black neighborhoods, a demand that McDonald’s was initially slow to meet but eventually pursued out of shrewd self-interest. After the uprisings that followed Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April 1968, when a number of white franchisees and employees fled their stores, the corporation set out on a nationwide search to do something it had never done before: enlist a black franchise owner.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold