Food writer Betsy Block is the author of The Dinner Diaries: Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World. She prefers food cooked by someone else.
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For years I thought the only way to indulge in my favorite pleasure — food — was to eat it. Then I discovered food writing and found a way to have my cake without sneaking even one bite. Here's the recipe:
Take great writing, fold in luscious descriptions of anything edible, and voila. Plus, food writing is not only satisfying, it's also calorie-free — a definite plus in bathing-suit season. A glass of lemonade, my hammock and one of these three books lets me savor page after tantalizing page without so much as stepping foot in a hot kitchen.