Food is fuel, it is passion, adventure—and for some, it is livelihood. This month’s selection of books features memoirs about the many roles that food plays in our lives.

books_foodlovestory“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan (hardcover, Crown Archetype, 2014, 340 pages, $26).

Bacon. McDonald’s. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale.

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”).

books_mouthfull“Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater” by Gail Simmons (hardcover, Hyperion, 2012, 270 pages, $26.99).

When “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost.

All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school … but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice—make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote down four words: Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.

books_Delancey-Man-Woman-Re“Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage” by Molly Wizenberg (hardcover, Simon & Schuster, 2014, 241 pages, $26).

While “Delancey” is a funny and frank look at behind-the-scenes restaurant life, it also is a bravely honest and moving portrait of a tender young marriage and two partners who had to find out how to let each other go to come together.

books_yes-chef“Yes, chef: A Memoir”

by Marcus Samuelsson (hardcover, Random House, 2012, 319 pages, $16).

“Yes, Chef” is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen and in the world.

books_BloodBonesAndButter“Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton (hardcover, Random House, 2011, 291 pages, $16).

Gabrielle Hamilton, one of America’s most recognized chefs, offers a look at her life, from her childhood in rural New Jersey, to killing her first chicken, to her solo backpacking adventure around the world at 19, to opening her own restaurant in New York.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org

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