It is National Read a Book Day and I am excited because I love books! I read all kinds of
books from cookbooks to horror. I refuse to participate in the “digital” book age, preferring to buy all my books in print; and I am not alone
65% of Americans read print books
28% of Americans prefer digital books
I love foodie books and I have included my favorite foodie books.
Benefits of reading a book
Scientific research has proven reading is good for the mind. Books sharpen your senses. If you read the word garlic, it triggers your sense of smell. Metaphors like, a slimy okra, triggers a sense of texture. These brain connections can especially be beneficial for children, just learning to read.
Reading print books reduce stress. A 2009 University of Sussex study concluded that reading can reduce stress more dramatically than taking a walk, music or having a cup of tea.
A study in the Journal of Neurology reported that reading on a regular basis, especially if the habit is started at a younger age, can slow memory decline. The National Academy of Sciences in 2001 even went so far as to conclude, habitual readers are much less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Negatives of digital books
Research has shown that children who read digital books, instead of print books, have lower comprehension skills.
E-books can negatively impact your sleep. A recent Harvard Study found college students who used digital books took 10 minutes longer to fall asleep, than those who read print books prior to bed.
What am I reading?
Of course, my favorite books are FOODIE BOOKS! Here are a few of my favorites…
The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How is what I am reading now. Written by Andrea Chesman, this innovative, step-by-step book explains how to take what you are growing in your backyard garden; gather, process, preserve and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labor. Chapters on freezing, canning, drying, making fruit preserves and curing meats are all included. The second half of the book are recipes consisting of what you can grow and prepare for your own families’ meals. Click on the photo to purchase your copy.
The Cook’s Bible – The Best of American Home Cooking is one of my favorites. Christopher Kimball, founder and former editor of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, features over 400 recipes, reviews of kitchen equipment and step-by-step instructions. Excellent procedural photos for everything from cutting up a chicken for frying to tying up a roast. The book’s thoroughness makes it a reliable source for those less experienced home cooks. His practical information for the basics make this book a great gift for anyone who likes to cook.
The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion is my favorite reference food book. Published by Barron’s, this book defines every culinary term known to mankind. It has expanded glossaries on cheese, pasta, wine, peppers, fish, and so much more. It is a dictionary for foodies. I love this book so much, I own two editions.
Tell me some of your favorite food or cookbooks. I might need to check them out.