Today, Amazon.com placed Kitchen Confidential and The Omnivore’s Dilemma in its first ever list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” alongside classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird, The Sun Also Rises, and Fahrenheit 451.
The list, compiled by Amazon Kindle editors over the past few months, represents over 200 years of literature in multiple categories: ranked alongside Anthony Bourdain’s famed memoir and Michael Pollan’s treatise on eating are books like The Shining, 1984, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Actually, to be precise, the books are unranked and listed in alphabetical order; a statement that “no book is more important than another.”)
“One of our tasks was to have books that don’t feel like homework: ‘eat your vegetables’ books,” editorial director Sara Nelson explained to CNN. “There was nothing in there except ‘I loved this book when I was 12 for this reason.’ We lobbied each other.”
Considering that Amazon is the Leviathan of the publishing industry, we’re going to trust their judgement on this one. Congratulations, guys! Your works of literature are peers to great books like The Sun Also Rises and The Hunger Games.
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