The Toastee Food Issue Library: Books and Literary Inspirations

The stories of the foodies, activists, creators, and community shakers in this issue inspire us! But what are some of their inspirations?

We present the Toastee Library, where we share favorite books and literary inspirations from all of our contributors. From cookbooks to history to adventure, each recommendation touches on the central piece of how food, no matter where you are, brings us all together!

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

“This is my favorite cookbook. I’m an avid baker, and all of her recipes are delicious!”

- Ally Chapman, The Femme Vine

Simple by Yottam Ottolenghi

Bright recipes that are short on time, ingredients, or effort but never on flavor.

Recommend by Shana Weisberg, Studio Sensibilité.

Drinking French by David Lebovitz

“For books about drinks, I recommend Drinking French by David Lebovitz (in English). It’s by an American chef living in Paris.”

- Shana Weisberg, Studio Sensibilité

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

A story about family, food, grief, and endurance by rockstar Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner).

Recommended by Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza of PARU tea.

You can check out Michelle’s essay by the same title in The New Yorker.

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

A book about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home. A sensation in Japan and around the world.

Recommended by Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza of PARU tea.

Fika by IKEA

“It doesn’t have any words. It doesn't show any instructions. It just shows you a birdseye view of the ingredients and what the food looks like completed in a visually satisfying manner.”

- Lillian Yang, The Chef Charette

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

“She’s a famous food blogger who’s built this extensive food community and cookbook based on her tiny cubicle kitchen in New York City. There are so many great recipes that are very simple, easy to understand, and have a sense of character.”

- Lillian Yang, The Chef Charette

A Social History of Tea by Jane Pettigrew

“She gives you all of these stories of how tea was introduced to the UK. I found it fascinating to learn about the price of tea when it first arrived in the UK and that there are these diaries of aristocratic women documenting tea in their households.”

- Isabelle Rosevear, Rosevear Tea

The World Tea Encyclopedia by Will Battle

“It’s a book that’s a lot more interesting than it sounds. It’s written by a good friend of ours. It’s very well written, and Will himself is charming.”

- Adam Rosevear, Rosevear Tea

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

“The book taught me not to be afraid of using salt, which is such a flavor enhancer. It gives you a crash course on how to use good salt, fat or oil, acid, and heat. Her tips helped to take my cooking to the next level.”

- Sam McArdle, The Ga