In the past few weeks I’ve been going around various bookshops looking for food writing books. I was looking for “Will Write for Food” by Dianne Jacob, some Ruth Reichl books and Doreen Fernandez’s “Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture”. No success for Dianne’s book or for Ms. Doreen’s, but I did find Ruth Reichl’s. Sadly, my budget could not accommodate any of these books, so I had to pass them up and pray that I can purchase them the next time I come by.

Why food books? Particularly, the ones that deal with food writing and not about cooking? Well, one of the things I like to write about is food. My family loves to eat, and while I’d probably never end up writing a memoir or review of every place I go to, I want to be able to write more than “It’s delicious” or “It’s so good” or “Must try!” when I do get the urge to say something about my latest eat. I mean, while we do get what the author wants to say, we do want to hear something more exciting right?

Right. So much like when I consulted a book as I was learning to write a script (which got me a nice 1.0 whoohoo), I wanted to read about writers who write about food. But like I said, many books are quite beyond my budget so I have to pass up many an opportunity to buy them.

Today, I decided to pass by one of the Booksale branches I always visit when I’m in the Cubao/Araneta area. I wasn’t planning to buy anything, but I can never really pass up the chance to get something, especially when I know it’s a really good book.

I do love Booksale, however. I mean, I did write a whole post about it, and a good chunk of my great finds are Booksale rescues. However, finding a food writing related book was difficult, but if there’s one thing I learned when browsing in these secondhand book shops, it’s to always be prepared.

Perfect example. Today, I got Julie Powell’s “Julie and Julia”, Ruth Reichl’s “Comfort Me with Apples” and Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth” (Mama’s “must read” book since a few years ago). Those weren’t the only ones that I wanted though, but in consideration for the amount of money I had in my wallet, I had to stop with those three. Still, I was very happy with my picks and cannot wait to start reading.

Today's surprise purchases

Surpisingly, I now have a “to be read” pile. I never really had one because it has always been my habit to read my books as soon as I purchase them. I’d devour each one, often times staying up late just because I wanted to finish it. Now, I guess I’ve mellowed. I don’t automatically sit down to read them. Sometimes, it takes a while for me to start it. Sometimes it takes longer for me to finish it. Somewhat frustrating, but I’m getting used to it.

Oh, and in an unrelated vein, I saw Sucker Punch today. Visually appealing, soundtrack was good. Storywise… did I mention that I liked the soundtrack? :p


  1. I heart Booksale. I particularly heart Booksale if I have money and I’m with you because I tend to find books I want to buy haha glad you gots bargains.

    Ei, I wanted to watch Sucker Punch kasi it looked interesting… now, I just want to listen to the soundtrack hahaha

    1. Don’t be turned off by my comment on Sucker Punch. Ang ano kasi dun well, it tries to be like Inception pero parang kulang. Ang daming loopholes so parang napa “Err… whut?” nalang ako.

      Ah Booksale. Naka hanap na ako ng dalawang food writing book dun. Mahal na mahal ko na siya. At mukhang bagong stock sila so I should pass by again on Tuesday hehe.

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