As a foodie, I have a sot spots for books that have to do with food. I’m not necessarily particular when it comes to genres for my culinary armchair travels. I’ve read memoirs, essays, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, women’s lit, I’ll read it.
Here are a few culinary themed books I’ve really enjoyed in random order:
1. Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford was one of the first cooking memoirs I read after moving to the DC area. This book stuck with me because I was in midst of my Food Network obsession. Back when they still had real cooking shows. Buford spent a lot of time around Mario Batali so it was exciting to live vicariously through him.
2. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Finn gives an insider’s look at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Before I read Finn’s memoir, I considered attending the Culinary Institute of America during my quarter-life crisis. (We didn’t call it that back then!) I definitely realized that I didn’t want to work in a restaurant kitchen after reading this. I’m happy with being a foodie and a cook.
3. Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford is a fun novel about recently divorced Rachel Goldman who decides she needs to learn how to cook. She also starts writing a blog to document her lessons. It’s a fun, easy to read novel. You might be inspired to pick up a cookbook after reading it!
4. Set in Germany during World War II and present day Texas, The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy brings memories to life through the art of making bread and pastries. This novel was one our book club selections. Check out our book club members’ discussion of The Baker’s Daughter.
5. If you’ve never read Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel or have only seen the movie, you’re missing out. This love story set in Mexico is sensual and contains recipe that you can use to recreate a little romance in your life. Make sure you pick up some chocolate before you settle down with this novel.
What are your favorite books about food?