Recommended Reading

This reading guide serves to inform foodies, restaurant owners, food bloggers, historians, or those passionate about food culture. It includes recommendations from restaurant and bar owners that I have spoken with in the past, as well as sources I have consulted with. It will continually be updated with summaries and more recommendations as I come across them. Feel free to send in your own recommendations as well!

For Food Bloggers

  • Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More- Dianne Jacob
  • Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers: Focus on the Fundamentals (The Focus On Series) 1st Edition- Matt Armendariz

  • The Best Food Writing Holly Hughes


For the DIY Bartender (Recommendations courtesy of Chris Parrott from Little River Restoratives)

  • Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Illustrated Bartenders’ Manual: Or, How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style [1934]- Harry Johnson
  • Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide 1862 Reprint: How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion Jerry Thomas
  • Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar Featuring the Original Formulae- David Wondrich
  • The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique– Jeffrey Morgenthaler


For the Aspiring BBQ Pitmaster

  • Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket- Elizabeth Engelhardt
  • Barbecue: The History of An American Institution– Robert Moss
  • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South– John Edge 
  • An Irresistible History of Alabama Barbecue– Mark Johnson
  • Legends of Texas Barbecue– Robb Walsh
  • The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue– Daniel Vaughn