I don’t read nearly as often as I feel like I should or as often as I want to. I make an effort to set aside time during the week, but most of my reading time still ends up being when I’m traveling, on a plane or between exploring new destinations.
There are so many books I want to read. The list is endless. I’m usually reading a couple different titles at the same time.
This year I have encountered some excellent books so I thought I’d share this as a bit of a gift guide in case you have food and drink lovers in your life who also love reading.
I have four that inspired me and really stood out over the past several months.
There is still time to order these books online or hop in your favorite local book retailer to see if they have a copy. No affiliate links here, but one book was sent to me as a review copy as noted. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
The second I saw this book it went straight on my list and I finally bought a copy this summer. I have been drawn to the Danish culture ever since we traveled to Copenhagen a couple years ago. It is such a great story!
It reveals so much about similarities and differences between a Danish way of living and other countries, namely the UK and US. It’s funny, informative, and entertaining all at the same time. I can’t recommend it enough.
At first reading the title, many people might think this book is about coffee. Nope, it’s about beer. And not just any beer, but the tremendous and, sadly, dying beer culture of Belgium. I have yet to visit any in person (hopefully next year!), but Belgian Cafés are local gathering spaces, a pub so-to-speak, with so many rich traditions and intriguing history.
As time moves on, Café owners pass, and property owners aim to please a new generation, these Cafés are closing rapidly. Regula (Miss Foodwise on social) documented the stories of these special spots with a close look at their owners and patrons. The book contains the stories in both English and Dutch, and the photographs are beautiful. The book just won the Gourmand World Book Award for Belgium in the ‘Culinary History’ category.
I received a review copy of this book earlier this year, and I decided to dig into it when I was studying for my Beer Server Exam for the Cicerone program. This book goes back to the foundation of beer (my favorite topic) and explores beers around the world. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a great travel guide, but I will definitely be referring back to it as we explore more historic breweries around the world.
This is my most recent read. A friend here started a book club and this was the first selection. We haven’t had our group discussions yet, but I finished it over Thanksgiving and I’m ready to rave about it. It contains A LOT of information so mid-way through I had to pace myself to keep it all straight, but it is an outstanding book. The stories are captivating and it covers major foods and the regions they come from throughout the entire country. Current trends, history, the evolution of the culture’s cuisine, it’s all in there. My copy is highlighted all the way through with interesting food facts to note as well as places I must visit when we finally travel to Japan.