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Summertime means lazy days laying in the sun and catching up on all the reading you've been craving for months. If you are a serious foodie, the best reads are those featuring all things food and cooking. Here is a top five list of our favorite foodie books to read this summer.

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1. The Hunger: A Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition

Written by John DeLucie & Graydon Carter.

The infamous Graydon Carter along with chef John DeLucie of the even more infamous New York City haunt, The Waverly Inn, have written this enticing memoir about their crazy and fast-paced restaurant life. From starting out as an unknown chef to cooking for some of the most well-known celebrities, chef John DeLucie takes you to one of the hottest restaurants and shares the highs and lows of professional cooking.

2. Under the Table: Saucy Tales from Culinary School

Written by Katherine Darling.

Under the Table is a heartwarming account of Katherine Darlings six-month stint at The French Culinary Institute in New York City. While at one of the most demanding culinary schools around, Darling journals her days in school after leaving her corporate job. While toughing it through each culinary class, she learns her share of cooking and, as importantly, learns about herself and the people around her.

3. Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen

Written by Dalia Jurgensen.

A well-seasoned pastry chef takes you inside the kitchen in an entertaining account of a professional pastry chef's life. While trying to balance her work, love life, and sanity, chef Jurgensen becomes a fabulous pastry chef while overcoming sexism against females in the kitchen. She gives you a first-person look at what really happens behind the kitchen doors.

4. The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious — and Perplexing City

Written by David Lebovitz.

Pastry chef David Lebovitz writes his fifth book about the City of Lights. As he explores Paris, he finds out why people love the city and what makes it so unique. He discovers tiny shops filled with delicious treats while indulging in Parisian culture and eating as much as he possibly can.

5. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

Written by Guilia Melucci.

This memoir of Brooklyn native Guilia Melucci accounts her life and love while seducing her men through food. She journals her disappointments, pleasures, and recipes that kept her going while learning that food is more than just daily sustenance.

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