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Culinarian Bookshop is an online community for Bookish Foodies looking to spice up their kitchen game and build their culinary library. Offering a collection of fiction and non-fiction literature, curated with a food lens, inspires our readers to explore, learn and ultimately deepen their reading experience through books and food. There are events for all Bookish Foodies, from monthly book club meetings and featured author events to virtual book themed cooking class. Hi, I’m Emely, owner of Culinarian Bookshop and a bookworm cook. I’m a Peruvian American woman, trained Public Health Nurse and Culinarian. The cooking classes that I create are designed to share my book inspired bites. Virtual hands-on or demo classes typically offer a book pairing of a selected food fiction or memoir with a cookbook or other non-fiction related book, and one to three recipes taught in small class sizes.
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Dear Friends and Family,

Success begins in the kitchen. With a proper meal you’re fueled for the day’s adventures. Learning to cook for yourself can save you money and improve your health physically and mentally.  Who knows, you may even be one of the centenarians of your generation!  It would be difficult to argue that knowing where your food comes from and how to prepare it is quite powerful.

If you learn to cook for others, you’ll never be lonely and you’ll always have a gift to share. Therefore, get ready to explore a flavorful world and dive right into your next or maybe your first, food journey.  Do not fear the flames of the stove or the sharp knife edge, for with a few books in hand you’ll be armed to Live Spicy and COOK!



About Me

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Hey guys! As a Bookworm Cook, cookbooks and food stories are my pot de crème. Culinarian Bookshop was born out of love for Food Literature and Playful Cooking.  Here you’ll find thoughtfully curated Fiction and Non-Fiction books related to food, along with hands-on cooking events.  Join me in discovering delicious recipes, life stories told with food lenses, and all things to help you READ, COOK, and EAT like a true Bookish Foodie!

Recent Reviews

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Rebel Chef

The inspiring and deeply personal memoir from highly acclaimed chef Dominique Crenn By the time Dominique Crenn decided to become a chef, at the age of twenty-one, she knew it was a near impossible dream in France where almost all restaurant kitchens were run by men. So, she left her home and everything she knew to move to San Francisco, where she would train under the legendary Jeremiah Tower. Almost thirty years later, Crenn was awarded three Michelin Stars in 2018 for her influential restaurant Atelier Crenn, and became the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor – no small feat for someone who hadn’t gone to culinary school or been formally trained. In Rebel Chef, Crenn tells of her untraditional coming-of-age as a chef, beginning with her childhood in Versailles where she was emboldened by her parents to be curious and independent. But there is another reason Crenn has always felt free to pursue her own unconventional course. Adopted as a toddler, she didn't r

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Love & Saffron


Two strangers. One recipe. A friendship for the ages. Creamy risotto alla Milanese. Mussels in a hot, buttery broth. Chicken spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Joan Bergstrom and Imogen Fortier understand the key to a savored life—delicious food. Young Joan is just discovering herself as a food writer in bustling Los Angeles, while experienced columnist Imogen is settled in her decades-long marriage on Camano Island outside Seattle. When Joan sends a fan letter to Imogen with an enclosed packet of saffron and a recipe, their journey of culinary exploration and soul-deep friendship begins. A long-lost flavor surfaces buried memories, and a quest to make carne asada opens the doors of a sheltered life. Into this beautiful, intimate world comes the ultimate test of their friendship, and of their belief that food and love can sustain us during our darkest hours.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

FEATURED ON TED.com and The Colbert Report. If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendy's combined. Former New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

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Drinking Games

Part memoir and part social critique, Drinking Games is about how one woman drank and lived― and how, for her, the last drink was just the beginning. On paper, Sarah Levy’s life was on track. She was 28, living in New York City, working a great job, and socializing every weekend. But Sarah had a secret: her relationship with alcohol was becoming toxic. And only she could save herself. Drinking Games explores the role alcohol has in our formative years, and what it means to opt out of a culture completely enmeshed in drinking. It’s an examination of what our short-term choices about alcohol do to our long-term selves and how they challenge our ability to be vulnerable enough to discover what we really want in life. Candid and dynamic, this book speaks to the all-consuming cycle of working hard, playing harder, and trying to look perfect while you’re at it. Sarah takes us by the hand through her personal journey with blackouts, dating, relationships, wellness culture, startups, social me

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Free Food for Millionaires


Casey Han's four years at Princeton gave her many things, "But no job and a number of bad habits." Casey's parents, who live in Queens, are Korean immigrants working in a dry cleaner, desperately trying to hold on to their culture and their identity. Their daughter, on the other hand, has entered into rarified American society via scholarships. But after graduation, Casey sees the reality of having expensive habits without the means to sustain them. As she navigates Manhattan, we see her life and the lives around her, culminating in a portrait of New York City and its world of haves and have-nots. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES offers up a fresh exploration of the complex layers we inhabit both in society and within ourselves. Inspired by 19th century novels such as Vanity Fair and Middlemarch, Min Jin Lee examines maintaining one's identity within changing communities in what is her remarkably assured debut.