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Anything by MFK Fisher. Not exactly memoir but not entirely not. She is the doyenne of food writing.   And, this explains a lot about how what we eat has evolved, at least here in the US, away from the horrifying "convenience food" cooking of the 1960s:   https://www.amazon.com/Provence-1970-M-F-K-Reinvention-American/dp/0307718344   (Trust me, I have a 1959 cookbook that I believe does not have a single fresh vegetable in it aside from iceberg lettuce.)
Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones & Butter. Marcus Samuelson's Yes, Chef! Eddie Huang's Fresh Off the Boat Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice
Yes! Get those family recipes written down!   I've never gotten over the fact that neither my sister or I could find our mother's spattered, handwritten cookbook after she died. We grew up eating Hungarian walnut and poppyseed rolls at Christmas and the recipe she, her sisters, her mother, and her mother's mother all used is lost. So are the palacsinta, chicken paprikash, & stuffed pepper recipes. For some weird reason, none of them ever really made goulash. 
My suggestion? Skip the fancy board and spend a few bucks on a sturdy bench scraper, instead.   I don't think I'd ever use an un-sealed wood surface to roll or knead dough on. Too much friction. And 18" in either direction is kind of small for rolling or kneading dough.   Pastry likes to stay as cold as possible. I wouldn't mind having a marble counter top for pastry, but that's just a crazy fantasy that I would never spend money on, unless I found a nice, good-sized...
I just heard that Candye Kane died last month. RIP Toughest Girl Alive.            
No way to delete a post? Really?
@teamfat --I love your garden!
@kokopuffs Thanks! 
Oh my goodness--that Amora mustard! My Parisian neighbor sometimes brings some back when she goes back to France to visit her family. It is amazing. Nothing here in the states touches it. I've never seen it here.
Homegrown Tomatoes! My immediate thought, too, though really what he should be known for is his mentoring of at least two generations of fabulous songwriters--Townes Van Zant, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earl, Roseanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Nancy Griffith, to name a few. And Emmylou Harris did some of her loveliest work with him.
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