Food Lit

A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

by Melissa Brackney Stoeger


Readers are hungry for Food Lit! No longer relegated to cookbooks, food and cooking are the hot topics of a number of best-selling books, a multitude of television shows, at least one dedicated television channel, as well as magazines and even movies. Bookstores are responding by creating special sections for Food Lit titles, with some of these "foodie"-oriented books appearing on best-seller and notable book lists.

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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

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.


  • 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.



"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

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