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Top 5 new foodie books

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

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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.

Once you devour the newest foodie faves, sink your teeth into these previously published goodies.

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food & Drink

Written by David Remnick.

Although this book is not brand new (it was published in 2007) it is an absolute must-read for anyone seriously wanting to learn about food and drink around the world. Secret Ingredients is a tasty compilation of the best of culinary-related articles from The New Yorker visits the food world from all ages and angles.

Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Written by Julie Powell.

Published in 2005, this book is the inspiration for the upcoming summer flick Julie and Julia staring Meryl Streep (as Julia Child) and Amy Adams (as Julie Powell). You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be inspired to take chances in and out of the kitchen.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Written by Michael Pollan.

Following his much debated book The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan is at it again, this time outing the processed food industry. He discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly and helps point readers in the right direction of what they should be eating.

Hungry Monkey: A Food Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater

Written by Matthew Amster-Burton.

If you've ever had any questions about how to raise your child with an adventurous palate, just read this book. Seattle-based food critic Matthew Amster-Burton humorously writes about his trials and tribulations in raising a daughter to be an adventurous eater by debunking certain myths around food and children, and exposing her to all sorts of cuisines.

The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School

Written by Kathleen Flinn.

This engaging memoir of an American transplant who loses her corporate job, leaves the rat race, and migrates to Paris will leave you both elated and empowered to follow your dreams. The recipes will also keep you hungry for more.

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