I have a nice list of movies to watch; thanks for all the suggestions. That was a great thread; hopefully, it will be updated. Now I'd like a list of books to read related to food; culinary travels, etc. I have just purchased for myself, my mom, and godmother (all foodies who love to hear about food experiences during travel too) the following books which may not all be true foodie books, but are laced with food experiences. These descriptions were taken from reviews or online book descriptions. What can you add to the list?
1. Julie and Julia - Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell resolved to reclaim her life by cooking, in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves' livers and aspic, but a new life--lived with gusto.
2. Heat by Bill Buford - An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany .Buford's funny and engaging book offers readers a rare glimpse behind the scenes in Mario Batali's kitchen.
3. A Year in the World by Frances Mayes (We all enjoyed her Tuscany books) - In this luminous volume, she and her husband visit southern Spain, Portugal, Sicily, southern Italy, Morocco, Greece, Crete, Scotland, Turkey and places in between. Usually they rent an apartment or villa, so they can cook, sprawl and feel like "locals."
4. Garlic and Sapphires - Ruth Reichl In her third memoir, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Reichl focuses on her life as a food critic, dishing up a feast of fabulous meals enjoyed during her tenure at The New York Times. As a critic, Reichl was determined to review the "true" nature of each restaurant she visited, so she often dined incognito--each chapter of her book highlights a new disguise, a different restaurant (including the original reviews from the Times), and a fresh culinary adventure.
5. My Life in France - Jullia Child With Julia Child's death in 2004 at age 91, her grandnephew Prud'homme (The Cell Game) completed this playful memoir of the famous chef's first, formative sojourn in France with her new husband, Paul Child, in 1949.