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Food Lit

A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

by Melissa Brackney Stoeger

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January 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 350
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools
Description

An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

Food Lit: A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction provides a much-needed resource for librarians assisting adult readers interested in the topic of food—a group that is continuing to grow rapidly. Containing annotations of hundreds of nonfiction titles about food that are arranged into genre and subject interest categories for easy reference, the book addresses a diversity of reading experiences by covering everything from foodie memoirs and histories of food to extreme cuisine and food exposés.

Author Melissa Stoeger has organized and described hundreds of nonfiction titles centered on the themes of food and eating, including life stories, history, science, and investigative nonfiction. The work emphasizes titles published in the past decade without overlooking significant benchmark and classic titles. It also provides lists of suggested read-alikes for those titles, and includes several helpful appendices of fiction titles featuring food, food magazines, and food blogs.

Highlights

  • Provides an unprecedented readers' advisory guide dedicated to food literature
    Contains annotations of hundreds of nonfiction titles about food
    Offers suggested read-alikes for titles
    Includes appendices of fiction titles featuring food, food magazines, and food blogs
Author Info

Melissa Brackney Stoeger, MLIS, is readers' advisory librarian at Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield, IL. Stoeger received her bachelor's degree from Knox College, Galesburg, IL, and her master's degree in library and lnformation science from Dominican University, River Forest, IL.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"The hundreds of annotations alone make any librarian’s job much, much easier, but Stoeger’s inclusion of appendix materials from famous cooks and their books, food blogs, feature films and documentaries, fiction featuring food, and food-writing awards makes this an outstanding reference tool for any public library collection."—Booklist

"Check out this jam-packed readers’ advisory gem for further reading suggestions when you’re feeling hungry for the written word. . . . A scrumptious buy for public libraries."—Library Journal

Series Description

Real Stories


Readers love true stories. Whether in the genre of true crime, life stories, sports narratives, or true adventure, the factual element brings excitement and relevance to nonfiction narratives. Now you can break the nonfiction barrier in your readers' advisory work.

This series provides titles that help librarians and other professionals who work with readers identify nonfiction titles that their patrons or customers will enjoy.

Volumes in the Real Stories series are targeted to help librarians and other professionals evaluate and build their collections in various nonfiction genres. Similar to titles in Libraries Unlimited's Genreflecting Advisory Series, each book in this series focuses on a popular nonfiction genre. Individual guides organize and describe approximately 500-1,000 titles each and include definitions of the genre and its subgenres, as well as a discussion of the appeal of the genre and its subgenres.

Information about awards for books in the genres, resources for further information, as well as practical guidelines for advising readers are also included. In addition, annotations contain bibliographic information (author, title, series if applicable, publisher, date of publication, and ISBN) plus a brief annotation. Lists of subject headings and recommendations of other nonfiction books and fiction read-alikes are also provided for each title.

Highlights

  • Helps librarians integrate nonfiction titles into readers' advisory work, and make connections between fiction and nonfiction reading interests.
  • A great collection development tool—provides accessible, easy-to-understand genre analysis for professionals wishing to develop their nonfiction collections
  • Covers a wide variety of nonfiction genres and popular subject areas, offering topics applicable to many audiences and tastes
  • Offers vital information about each book, making it easy to make excellent selections

Features

  • Describes approximately 500-1,000 titles in each volume
  • Includes definitions of the genre and its subgenres
  • Offers information about awards for books in the genres, resources for further information, as well as practical guidelines for advising readers
  • Provides annotations of bibliographic information— author, title, series if applicable, publisher, date of publication, and ISBN— plus lists of subject headings and recommendations of other nonfiction books and fiction read-alikes
  • Each chapter includes a short list of titles for readers' advisors to “start with”
  • Helps librarians integrate nonfiction titles into readers' advisory work, and make connections between fiction and nonfiction reading interests

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