As Christmas approaches, the publishing industry comes into its own, with a host of new books hitting the shelves. And the written world of food and drink gets its fair share of new tomes too. Whether you want to read about the future of the restaurant industry, or go broader and consider the implications of our food system and how we eat on the economy and the environment, or if you are just looking for some ways to broaden your culinary repertoire in the kitchen, we've chosen some of our top picks for the season. There is biography, memoir and a collection of Q&As with luminaries of the industry as well, so something for everyone from those with a more scholarly interest in the industry to those who want to get stuck in.
1. Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci’s Instagram cocktail hours became legendary during lockdown. And they only added to his food-focused account, which saw him sharing his culinary skills as well as his gastronomic travels with his one million followers. Now, he’s back with a memoir that does what it says in the title—tells his life through food, from his Italian-American upbringing centred around food, to the foodie films he worked on, to meeting his wife and the importance of his family meals. In this tome, Tucci highlights the essential role that food has always played in his life with heart and humour.