Gastronomica (James Beard winner for best food magazine) (the New Yorker for food)
Nautilus (looks like a good magazine; haven't read any issues)
Classic & Classic-Related Non-Fiction
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (read selections, not whole book; follow advice from this NPR review)
How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form (sequel to How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines) by Thomas Foster
Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays or All Art Is Propaganda: Critical Essays by George Orwell ? (On The Media)
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (more about being impoverished than working in the restaurant industry) ?
The Outline of History: being a plain history of life and mankind by H.G. Wells ?
A History of American Law (Third Edition) by Lawrence Friedman, then perhaps books on more specific subjects listed in the Recommended Reading section of his book Law in America: A Short Introduction
The Transformation of American Law by Morton Horwitz ?
The Partner Track: A Novel by Helen Wan ?
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us by Erin Moore
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea ?
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack (Stanford alumni; saw book in Stanford magazine)
Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex ?
Um. . .: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean by Michael Erard ?
The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English by Henry Hitchings
Do You Speak American (DVD: 3 hours)
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
On Writing Well by William Zinsser (read through chapter 14 (bits & pieces))
When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better And/Or Worse by Ben Yagoda
Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done by Barbara Wallraff and Francine Prose ?
(many of these authors have other books too)
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A. J. Liebling (classic, memoir)
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (review says it's much better than I would guess based on the title)
Nomfiction (collection by various authors) (available on inkshares) ?
Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture by Matt Goulding (food / history / culture travel book)
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz
Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (cookbook)
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (massive tome, science-heavy recipes, veers American) ?
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz (semi-cookbook)
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food or A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines or maybe No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach or ... by Anthony Bourdain
Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity (related to Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter) by Steve Dublanica
Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg
The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection (sequel to The Making of a Chef) or Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America) by Michael Ruhlman)
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon ?
Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner
Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life by Michael Lee West
Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Peregrinations of an Epicure by Joseph Wechsberg
Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin (read through p. 110 (hardcover) / finished end of "Nursery Food" chapter)
Washoku, Recipes From the Japanese Home Kitchen by Elizabeth Andoh (best Japanese cookbook in English according to this review)
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop (also wrote well-regarded cookbooks such as "Land of Fish and Rice" (Shanghai and neighboring regions) and "Land of Plenty" (Sichuan))
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Food in Chinese Culture: Antropological and Historical Perspectives edited by K. C. Chang
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink ?
Colonialism Is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious by Dustin Chinn ? (heard about at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival)
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Giongriddo
more plays by Moliere: The School for Wives Criticized, The Impromptu at Versailles, The Misanthrope, The Clever Women
read (or see performed) Othello (partially
done), King Henry IV, Part II (already saw part one), The Two
Gentlemen of Verona, Timon of Athens, Richard II,
Love's Labour's Lost ("astonishing" yet "demanding" due to
"linguistic density" and "pedantic humor") or other plays by
The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson (saw announced at OSF)
The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown (play, spotted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) ?
The Language Archive by Julia Cho (play, spotted at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) ?
Underneath The Lintel by Glen Berger
Peerless by Jiehae Park (premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre)
Black Chalk by Christopher Yates ?
Small World by David Lodge (sequel to Changing Places)
Moo by Jane Smiley (academic comedy like David Lodge) ?
something by Carl Hiaasen
something (fiction or non-) by David Foster Wallace (perhaps the other articles in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, some of which can be found online (in shorter forms) (consider pieces on state fair, television, and tennis)?
Fierce Pajamas (New Yorker fiction) (partially done)
Lifemanship or One-Upmanship by Stephen Potter
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles ?
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber ?
something by William Boyd ?
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas) (rec by Bryson "coming of age", or maybe the also recommended The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, or just maybe Bone Clocks)
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead ?
Time's Arrow by Martin Amis ?
Letting Loose the Hounds (short stories) or The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint (novel) by Brady Udall
Cosmicomics (partially done) or The Baron in the Trees (or maybe The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount) by Italo Calvino
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen ?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ?
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley (heard on KQED interview)?
Blue Angel: A Novel by Francine Prose ?
When Red Is Black by Qiu Xiaolong ?
something by Mavis Gallant ?
The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God by Etgar Keret ?
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom (nominally a children's book) (rec by John Lamping and wife)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (nominally a children's book) ?
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (first in a losely-tied-together historical fiction series--all books have same two protagonists--set on a Royal Navy ship in the early 19th century) (some other books in the series may be better but this is still considered a favorite by some) ?
An Officer and a Spy: A novel by Robert Harris (mostly non-fiction; about Dreyfus Affair in France)
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (sequel to The Hunger Games)
The End of Eternity: A Novel by Isaac Asimiov (supposed his best)
Bloodchild (novelette, Hugo and Nebula winner) or Parable
of the Talents (Hugo and Nebula winner) (probably should read
Parable of the Sower first) by Octavia Butler
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (interesting premise)?
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (novella; multiple award winner)
Skavenger's Hunt by Mike Rich (lookup reviews after inkshares publishes it)
something by Sofia Samatar (lyrical writing, meandering stories) ?
Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, and more ?
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (short story collection; named story recommended by Di Yin (!) and basis for movie Arrival) (some complaints about quality of endings)
The Lathe of Heaven, The Left Hand of Darkness ("classic"), or The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (short story) by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (technically "young adult" but according to the MPR review I heard, "I would recommend this to any science fiction customers who come in.")
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (first book in trilogy; apparently best book/series by an award-winning writer) (Hugo winner)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan (neat ideas but poor characterization and possibly a bad ending) (saw the author at a SPUR talk) ?
The Last Unicorn or other books by Peter Beagle ?
Super Extra Grande by Yoss (first translated novel by major Cuban sci-fi writer) ?
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter (beautiful styleist) (reworks five familiar fairy tales) ?
Version Control: A Novel by Dexter Palmer
Magic for Beginners: Stories by Kelly Link (strange supernatural stories) ?
Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Wool by Hugh Howey (rec by interview candidate)
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Martian by Andy Weir (rec by Owen and Ojan, even funnier than the movie)
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (hard sci-fi) ?
Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (compared with Ursula K. Le Guin; includes touchy-feely sciences; unique world) ?
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (setting compared with Gaiman's American Gods) (? because of the violence / cruelty) ?
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu (translated from Chinese; first non-English book to win Hugo award)
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (part of the set of Thursday Next novels) (rec by Di Yin)
Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton (first a pair of novels) (rec by Kevin S for high-quality space opera)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Bryson says not as good as American Gods or Stardust)
Dragonflight (The Dragonriders of Pern series) by Anne McCaffrey (rec by Mary, among others)
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (rec by Josh) (also rec by Deb, by only for their series by the author, not other ones)
The Golden Compass (a.k.a. Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman (rec by Melanie)
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (rec by Sarah, Joseph's wife)
something by Lois McMaster Bujold (multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner)
something by Bruce Sterling (also a Hugo winer, among other awards) ?
World's End or The Summer Queen by Joan Vinge (Summer Queen rec by Christopher from work)
Mercury Rises by Robert Kroesse (sequel to Mercury Falls)
Fool Moon (Dresden Files series) or Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera series) by Jim Butcher
Liquid Fire by Anthony Francis
Arena (Magic - The Gathering, No. 1) by William Forstchen (yes, it actually has good reviews)
more books (Marooned in Realtime rec by Steven) by Vernor Vinge
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire series a.k.a. Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (supposedly not as good as American Gods)
more books by Stanislaw Lem (rec by many critics), perhaps Solaris (the only good translation of it is only available in e-book form) or Fiasco (rec by Science Friday)
something by James Branch Cabell (rec. by Gaiman)
something by Roger Zelazny (rec. by Gaiman)
something (especially Deathbird Stories) by Harlan Ellison
(rec. by Gaiman)
Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2) (and, later, other books) by David Brin (yes, it's okay to start with this book)
Fire Watch (rec from Bryson), Lincoln's Dreams, or Impossible Things (or maybe Inside Job) or Blackout (followed by All Clear) (rec by Bryson) by Connie Willis
other books by Robert Heinlein (perhaps Double Star or The Door into Summer) (Bryson anti-recs The Number of the Beast)?
Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks (part of the Culture series; I read another book in the series: The Player of Games) (mild rec by Bryson) ?
Spin by Robert Wilson ?
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny ?
Permutation City by Greg Egan ?
Perdido Street Station (long and also supposedly overly descriptive, yet I read an excerpt and it didn't bother me) or Embassytown by China Mieville ??
On the Oceans of Eternity (series finale: Island in the Sea of Time) by S. M. Stirling
Into the Storm: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson (rec by Edison) ?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (found on my own, then rec by Bryson I think and rec by Rob from Montreal and then rec by Ojan)
We by Eugene Zamiatin (rec by Margaret Atwood) (inspiration for 1984 and Brave New World)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (rec by Kevin S for its style; don't read it as straight fantasy) ?
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks ??
The Listeners by James Gunn (inspiration for SETI) ??
Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland (rec by Kim Stanley Robinson) ?
Dark Universe by Daniel Galouye (rec by Richard Dawkins) ?
other books by Tad Williams ?
final books in Robert Jordan's series (completed by Brandon Sanderson)
In the Beginning...was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson (technically non-fiction) (possibly out-dated)
other books such as The Lions of al-Rassan, Under Heaven (rec by Kevin S: great), The Summer Tree, Ysabel (rec by Kevin S: good), or River of Stars (similar setting to Under Heaven) by Guy Gavriel Kay, and perhaps the essays and speeches on his web site
more books by Harry Turtledove ?
Far Future edited by Gregory Benford ?
Magpie Murders: A Novel, The Sentence Is Death (or other books) by Anthony Horowitz
books by Jasper Fforde in the Thursday Next series such as The Eyre Affair or Something Rotten (rec by Di Yin) (for "fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse" according to amazon) (counts as Sci-Fi too)
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (such as Hound of the Baskervilles)
other books such as The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte (author of The Flanders Panel)
Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (if the movie is good; this follows events there) ?
Puzzles, Math, and Statistics
The Riddler: Fantastic Puzzles from FiveThirtyEight by Oliver Roeder