Summary: Julia Child moved to France after she married her husband, Paul, and immediately fell in love with the food culture. She became an incredible French chef, and introduced simple French cuisine to housewives in America during the 1950s with the publishing of her 3 French cookbooks. Why it made my list: Julia's over-the-top personality and incredibly fun life make for a great book. She explains each of her hilarious predicaments in her unique voice, and watching her sink into French culture and defy gender norms is fascinating. This book is her delicious love letter to France and its food. Child, Julia. My Life in France. London: Duckworth, 2012. Print.
Summary: Garlic and Sapphires is a memoir of a former NYT food critic. It tells about her experiences reviewing food, the different disguises she had to don, and the hilarious situations she got herself into. Why it made my list: Ruthś stories are hilarious, and she is great at describing food, journalism, and the cut-throat fine dining business. She includes stories about her young son, recipes that she describes in her stories, and her reviews. Garlic and Sapphires is a hilarious and fascinating peek behind the curtain of food journalism. Reichl, Ruth. "Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise Hardcover – April 7, 2005." Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise: Ruth Reichl: 9781594200311: Amazon.com: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2017.
Summary: Relish is an autobiography by Lucy Knisley, in the form of a graphic novel. It is about her relationship with food, as she grew up with two foodies for parents. Why it made my list: Relish made my list because it is so different from anything else I have ever read. I thought that it being a graphic novel would make it worse, but it just made it more charming and incredible. Lucy is great at storytelling and describing food, and her story about food is fascinating. Knisley, Lucy. Relish My Life in the Kitchen. New York: First Second, 2013. Print.
Summary: Throughout the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron, and Hermoine battle Voldemort, who is set on killing Harry. The series takes place in the magical Wizarding World, a world full of butterbeer, chocolate frogs, and, of course, Hogwarts. Why it made my list: I just read the series this year, much later than most people, and I fell in love with it. J.K. Rowlingś imagination is incredible, and each book astounded me with her new ideas and the new aspects of Harryś world that were revealed. The characters all have incredible personalities, and break out of the typical hero mold Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Comp. Jim Kay. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine , an Imprint of Scholastic, 2015. Print.
Summary: Rad Women Worldwide is about multiple, underappreciated women who had large impacts on the world. There are pirates, athletes, authors, activists, scientists, and many other women who are undervalued. Why it made my list: This book was very interesting and eye-opening to me, because it showed me how much the history classes in school skip over important women. I think everyone should read this, because so many people aren't aware that women have made many unknown discoveries. The diversity of the women in the book and what they have done is very interesting to see. Schatz, Kate, and Miriam Klein Stahl. Rad Women Worldwide Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed, 2016. Print.