31 “Must Read” Books For All Readers: A Crowd Sourced List of Ultimate Favorites

7. Cooked by Michael Pollan

“Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. He discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.” Read More.
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8. Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories by Lauren Groff

“Nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman. In some of these stories, enormous changes happen in an instant. In others, transformations occur across a lifetime—or several lifetimes.” Read More.
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9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

“Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius, and Renée, the concierge in an elegant Parisian apartment inhabited by bourgeois families, hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her.” Read More.
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