Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Reading List 2021

 What gets counted, gets done.  My annual list of books I have finished reading during the year. 

  1. The Food and Wine of France, Edward Behr (P)
  2. The Food of Spain, Claudia Roden (P)
  3. Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis
  4. Coffee, Castanets and Don Quixote, Robert Noble Graham
  5. Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, Sanjay Gupta
  6. My French Platter, Anna Marie Rawson
  7. The Problem of Alzheimer's, Dr. Jason Karlawish (P)
  8. Composing a Life, Mary Catherine Bateson
  9. All The Young Men. Ruth Coker Burns
  10. Open Wound, Dr. Jason Karlawish 
  11. Just Passing Through, Mary Jane Houlton
  12. Your Brain on Facts, Moxie LaBouche
  13. True Facts that Sound Like Bull#*t, Shane Carley
  14. Our Italian Journey, Ilene and Gary Modica
  15. A Cargo Pilot's Life - Tails from Corrosion Corner, Brett Lane
  16. The Potomac River A History and Guide, Garrett Peck (P)
  17. Stories from a Whisky Bar, Ralfy (P) 
  18. Altered, Kyle Ball
  19. Something Awesome: A life in neurosurgery, William Friedman
  20. The Housekeepers Tale, Tessa Boase
  21. World Travel, Anthony Bourdain , Laurie Woolever
  22. Finding Freedom, Erin French
  23. Provence 1970, Luke Barr
  24. Open Season, Ben Crump
  25. The House That Jack Bought, Jack Waldie
  26. The Road to Villa Page, Cynthia dn William Royce
  27. The Devil in the Kitchen, Marco White
  28. Living it Up in France, Hettie Ashwin
  29. Born for Love, Leo Buscaglia
  30. Little and Often, Trent Preszler 
  31. Becoming Trader Joe, Joe Coulombe
  32. Our Incorrigible Ontological Relations And Categories of Being, Julian Galvez 
  33. Living, Loving and Learning, Leo Buscaglia
  34. Disability Law for Property, Land Use and Zoning Lawyers, Robin Paul Malloy
  35. How to Write a Sentence, Stanley Fish
  36. Eat a Peach, David Chang
  37. Elderhood, Louise Aronson 
  38. The Wreckage of my Presence, Casey Wilson
  39. We Always Had Paris, Templeton Peck
  40. French Like Moi, Scott Dominic Carpenter
  41. Cutting the Cord, Martin Cooper
  42. Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Weird, Wild and Wonderful Foods, Andrew Zimmern
  43. Now Try Something Weirder, Michael Johnson
  44. The Comfort Book, Matt Haig
  45. How to Make Photographs, Joel Meyerowitz (P)
  46. It's A Mad World: Travels Through a Muddled Life, Susie Kelly
  47. Dangerous Minds, Taj Nathan
  48. The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan Holiday
  49. Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten (P)
  50. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
  51. How Photography Became Contemporary Art, Andy Grundberg (P)
  52. Zen Camera, David Ulrich (P)
  53. Stupid Things I won't Do When I Get Old, Steven Petrow
  54. Aging A Very Short Introduction, Nancy Pachana
  55. The Photography Storytelling Workshop, Finn Beales 
  56. A Carnival of Snackery, David Sedaris
  57. The Meaning in the Making, Sean Tucker
  58. This Much is True, Miriam Margolyes (Thanks John for the recommendation) 
  59. Fruit, Nancie McDermoott 
  60. The Photographer's Eye, John Szarkowski
  61. The Best American Travel Writing 2021, Padma Lakshmi
  62. Vintage Christmas, Marlene Campbell
  63. Perspective, Val Proudkil
  64. Bistro Cooking, Cyril Lignac 


  1. Read much? Where do you people find the time?

    I seem to only find time in the winter.

    1. A little time each evening, it adds up

  2. A great selection. I’m going to pick through it and add some to my reading list.

    1. Several of these were recommended by bloggers

  3. I'm scouring the list myself.
    You're quite the prolific reader.

  4. Your book list puts me to shame! Well done!

    1. I have started reading in the evening while the TV plays for background noise. It just happens.

  5. That is a lot of books. The only one I've read is the Barefoot Contessa one. However, I did see an online interview with Steven Petrow about his book. It sounds fun.

    1. I read or saw something on that one, and bought it - I'd like a more positive view of aging

  6. Bloody hell you’ve been busy

    1. A couple of those I learned about from you