All of the flavor, none of the calories

While it’s bittersweet to hear someone describe a delicious dish that you’re left to imagine without tasting, food writing is still such an evocative art form. Part visceral, part cerebral, it’s a perfect marriage of storytelling. When it comes to the pantheon of food memoirs, here are some of the best of the best. —Rachel S., Audible editor
    • Notes from a Young Black Chef

    • A Memoir
    • By: Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein
    • Narrated by: Kwame Onwuachi
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    By the time he was 27 years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened - and closed - one of the most talked-about restaurants in America. In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming of age....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • DC should be proud to have Chef Kwame

    • By Jesse Wetzel on 04-26-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Tender at the Bone

    • By: Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated by: Ruth Reichl
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 297
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 170

    Tender at the Bone is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Michelle on 09-22-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Kitchen Confidential

    • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
    • By: Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,640
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,006
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,952

    deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kitchen Confidential

    • By Holly on 02-20-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Blood, Bones & Butter

    • The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
    • By: Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,162
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 891
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 896

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Little Prickly--But Yummy

    • By Mel on 03-11-12

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Love, Loss, and What We Ate

    • A Memoir
    • By: Padma Lakshmi
    • Narrated by: Padma Lakshmi
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 631
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 583
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 584

    Love, Loss, and What We Ate traces the arc of Padma Lakshmi's unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Touching, Deep, Surprising, and Inspiring

    • By Aishwaryame on 08-18-16

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Yes, Chef

    • A Memoir
    • By: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

    • By loix on 06-27-12

    Regular price: $28.00

    • My Life in France

    • By: Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 984
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 994

    In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a pleasure!

    • By Sara on 07-03-08

    Regular price: $37.27

    • The Measure of Her Powers

    • An M. F. K. Fisher Reader
    • By: M. F. K. Fisher, Dominique Gioia - editor
    • Narrated by: Carolyn Cook
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The Measure of Her Powers showcases Fisher's versatility, providing new listeners and loyal fans alike with a sampler from her wide-ranging body of work....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dreadful Narration

    • By Robert R. on 01-11-17

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Fresh Off the Boat

    • A Memoir
    • By: Eddie Huang
    • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262

    Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Heat

    • An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
    • By: Bill Buford
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    From one of our most interesting literary figures, former editor of Granta and former fiction editor at The New Yorker, a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook and "slave" to Mario Batali....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you're a foodie - you must read this book.

    • By Dr Woo on 06-10-12
    • An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
    • By: Bill Buford
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 05-25-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 577 ratings

    Regular price: $31.93