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Food Books To Read In 2012

This post is a little unusual for me. It is all about books and reading.

But I figured that if I shared my plan with you all, and keep you updated on my progress, it might keep me accountable. I mean, if I am checking in a few times throughout the year, maybe, just maybe, it will help me stay on track.

You see I love to read. I mean really love to read. I can easily get lost in a book and lose all track of time. I have loved to read for years and used to read several books a week, sometimes more.

And I am not talking just fun and easy reading books, I love to read books about history, biographies, Christian books, books on health, food, cooking, really all kinds of books.

The problem is that over the last year or so, I have stopped taking the time to read. The other day I sat down to look at the books I had read in 2011 and it was very disappointing to discover that besides my Bible reading, I only finished ten books, and most of those were read sitting in Dr. offices or on an airplane when I was traveling.

Now, for some ten may seem like a lot or even a good number, but for me it was a disappointment. I love to read and find it relaxing and enjoyable and ten books is not enough. I miss it.

It made me realize that busy schedules, blogging, cooking, kids, etc. have taken over the time that I used to set aside for reading. Now these things are all good things, but so is reading. So, this year I am determined to read at least two books a month. That is twenty-four books for the year and that seems like a very doable number.

My plan is to set aside twenty minutes each day for reading. For the last few days I have set the timer for twenty minutes and read for the full time. It has made such a difference for me and I really hope to continue this throughout the year.

So today I thought I would share a few of the books I plan to read. Now, I have quite a few books in my to read pile for the year including a few biographies and some home school parenting type books, but I decided today to share just the food and business themed books that I plan to read.

Food Related Books

Last year on a trip I started reading the book Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition by Georgia Pellegrini and loved the few chapters I read, but then life got busy and I never finished the book. It is now in my must finish in 2012 pile.

And then ever the holidays I started reading the book Girl Hunter, also by Georgia Pellegrini, and loved it. I cannot wait to finish it. I am guessing that this is the book I will finish first in 2012, because I am really enjoying it.

I grew up with a dad that hunted. Most of my dad’s friend hunted. I married someone that loves to hunt and my son and fourteen year old daughter both got a deer last year. Hunting has been part of my life for years and I can’t wait to finish this book.

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained and What Einstein Told His Cook 2: The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science have been in my to read pile for several years now and I really want to finish at least one of them this year. I love kitchen science and have picked up these books a few times to read and this is the year I am determined to finish one of them.

Business Books

Knockout Entrepreneur is a book I picked up used a few months ago and it looks like a book I will enjoy. Over the last few years I have read quite a few business type books like this and loved them.

I have read both Pour Your Heart Into It and Onward which are about about Starbucks and how it became what it is. I read My Life in France about Julia Child and Rubies in the Orchard about POM Wonderful. And also Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. All these are books I loved and learned a lot from.

I think you can learn so much about business and life by reading books like these. Successful people do not become successful overnight. It takes hard work, long hours, trial and error, and failures along with successes. I often don’t agree with everything in these types of books, but I find the stories about how they got to where they are fascinating. You can learn so much about leadership, running a business, and just over all life skills in these types of books. This year I am thinking about tackling the Steve Jobs book, but at over 600 pages, I am not sure if I will get it done or not. I also hope to read It’s Not About the Coffee, which is another book about Starbucks.

If you have read any books like this I would love to have some recommendations. I need a few more good business type books like this to read this year, so please leave a recommendation in the comments if you have one.

Misc. Books

Also on my list are How to Eat a Small Country( I picked this one up used and it looks interesting) and Six Pixels of Separation (This one was recommended to me by Erin of $5 Dinners almost two years ago and I am hoping to finally read it this year and am hoping that the information in this one is still relevant. 🙂 I really should have read this a while ago….  )

Books By Bloggers

I also have a few books by bloggers on my list. I hope to read Saving Savvy, All In Good Time, and The Money Saving Mom’s Budget which all look very good.

So, now I would love to hear what you are reading. What books do you have in your must read pile and what do you recommend? And am I the only one that struggles to find the time to read?

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  1. I love to read, just read a book last night start to finish. I can’t go to sleep unless I know the ending! I really love Karen Kingsbury, I have read all of her books. I just started reading Rachel Hauck, she’s a christian fiction author and love hers too!

  2. Nice list! For business books, the best I’ve read lately (or ever, really) is Entreeleadership by Dave Ramsey. Great book!

    What parenting books are in your pile? Always on the lookout for new favorites. =)

  3. That Girl Hunter book is mainly hunting stories and about hunting, but not so much a how to hunt book. It is really good though.

  4. This is SUCH a great idea! I love the timer! I use it for my kids, why not for myself?! Fabulous.

  5. LOVE to read – I read every night before I go to bed. I had stopped for awhile and found the end of 2010 that I missed it terribly, so I take the time each night to read, even if just a couple pages before I drift to sleep! One book, very tragic but I couldn’t put it down, that I really enjoyed last year was Every Last One by Anna Quindlen – I just thought she captured a mom very well as the main character. I met my goal of 50 books last year, and this year am going to aim for 52. and yeah, my house is a bit of a disaster so always tradeoffs.

  6. I downloaded a sample copy of the Steve Jobs book to my Kindle. I knew I didn’t want to spend the money (and time…that thing is HUGE!) if it wasn’t interesting enough. I read the first 2 chapters (Amazon gives you the first three) pretty quickly. After I finish the current book I’m reading, it is next on my purchase list!

    • I am so glad to hear that because I was hoping it would be a good book. A book that large has to be good for me to make it through it. 🙂 I would love to hear what you think when you finish it.

  7. Wow… two books a month will be wonderful. Me, myself, I always read books when I really have some spare time to do it. But I love reading too.

  8. I have a few chapters left of “Tough cookies” by Cloninger, about how the Girlscout organization was changed and updated ad still is changing. I find it very inspiring and interesting. She covers the reasoning behind the changes and how they were implemented. Thanks old luck with your reading plans, I love to read to and use every minute of downtime for it even when I am cooking dinner , if my children are not helping me. When I am done with all the prepping and making a salad, I read if there is still 5 minutes before everything is done…

  9. A business-type book that immediately popped into my mind when you requested suggestions is “It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail” by S. Truett Cathy – the founder of Chick-fil-A (a WONDERFUL, closed-on-Sunday, “quick service” food chain here on the East Coast that’s working it’s way out West). I had to read it in HS/college when I worked for CFA, but remember enjoying it and feeling like it was useful. When I searched on Amazon to find the exact title, I found that he has written what appear to be 2 other books on his CFA business experience, as well as a few other books on different topics. All of his books have received 4-5 star ratings by reviewers, so chances are they’re pretty good!

  10. Charis @ MannaTreats says:

    Thank you for sharing…I have an ambitious goal this year to read so as to keep me motivated! I’ve been looking for some more to add to my list and I think I just found some. 🙂

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