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- Peek inside Noe Valley's Omnivore Books. Photo by Susan Fleming.
- Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl is fascinating peek inside the world of a New York Times restaurant reviewer, who wears disguises and exposes the truths behind kitchen doors. You won't be able to put it down.
- Provence 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr. In the winter of 1970, six iconic gastronomes found themselves in the South of France, and their collaboration changed the course of culin
- Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage - a Memoir by Molly Wizenberg. The title pretty much says it all: Wizenberg, the author of the popular Orangette blog, and her husband opened a Seattle restaurant, and this is the story of their
If you weren't looking for Omnivore Books, you might miss it. Nestled on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Church Street in Noe Valley, Bon Appetit once named this spot one of the top culinary bookstores in America. (Alice Waters is also a fan.) New books, used books, rare cookbooks, memoirs; this tiny treasure trove has everything a ravenous reader would want. But getting started with selecting beach reads from all the titles? That could be a challenge. We asked Omnivore Books owner Celia Sack for her picks, and she happily obliged. If you can only take a few foodie reads on your trip this summer, these should be on your list.