Food themed books to read

Since I love cooking and reading, it makes perfect sense that I love to read books that have a foodie theme. I’ve already read many. My favorites include The Hundred-Foot Journey, Kitchen Confidential, Heat, and Blood Bones and Butter. I wasn’t crazy about Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires — about her life as a restaurant critic – although it sounded like it would be good.

I recently joined the Reese Witherspoon book club on Facebook, and was thrilled when someone asked for other food-themed books. You’ll find a real collection here, everything from romances and mysteries, to memoirs, investigative pieces, and comic relief.

Have you read any of these? If so, let me know which one I should start with. Have more to share that I missed? Put them in the comments.

The Heavenly Italian ice cream shop by Abby Clements. A young couple from Brooklyn move to Sorrento Italy to open an ice cream shop.

My Year of Meat by Ruth Ozeki. A documentary producer learns more than she wants to know about the meat industry.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle stop cafe by Fannie Flag. Two women run a Southern cafe in the 1930s.

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. A woman turns to baking bread after a failed relationship.

Earthly Delights series by Kerry Greenwood. A mystery that involves working in a bakery.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. Looks like this is a second in a series perhaps? Looks like I should read Garden Spells first.

The sharper your knife, the less you cry: love, laughter and tears in Paris at the world’s most famous cooking school by Kathleen Flinn. Looks like this is a modern version of the Julia Child story.

The ice cream girls by Dorothy Koomson. The cover is pastel and the title is light and frosty, but it sounds like there’s murder and a darker theme involved in this book.

Kitchens of the Great Mid-West by J. Ryan Stradal. Eva becomes a star chef in this mother-daughter novel.

Mistress of spices by Aishwarya Rai. An Indian immigrant runs a spice shop in San Francisco.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Another book, like the one above, that say it’s like Like Water for Chocolate (another book I loved). Eight students gather for more than cooking classes at a local restaurant.

The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering and eating locally (all on $40 a week) by Robin Mather.

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. A food blogger loses 300 pounds and develops a healthy relationship with food. Eating in the Middle is her accompanying cookbook.

Food: A Love Story by James Gaffigan. A comedian shares his yearnings for his favorite dishes. Also supposed to be funny and a New York Times bestseller by this author is Dad is Fat.

Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin. A food blogger sets out to cook a meal from a different country every week.

Homecooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. An essay-style book about cooking.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. A big city baker burns down her bakery and escapes to Vermont.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. A restauranteur and a food critic meet and romance ensues. If you like it, she’s also the author of Luck Love and Lemon Pie.

Recipe for Disaster by Stacy Ballis. A novel about a woman who’s life falls apart. If good, also read The Wedding Girl by the same author.

Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit by Jessica Tom. A young woman ghosts writes columns for the newspaper’s food critic and he gets all the credit.

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy. Family and friends struggle with a new catering business in Ireland.

Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmstead.  An investigative look at the food industry’s attempt to mislead consumers.

Recipes for Love and Murder Tannie Maria series by Sally Andrew. Tannie Marie writes recipes for her local paper in this murder mystery/romance.

My Fat Dad by Dawn Lerman. A memoir based on the link between food and the writer’s childhood.

3 thoughts on “Food themed books to read

  1. I also love food-related books and some additional ones for your list are: On the Noodle Road – Jen Lin Liu; Life on the Line – Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas; Gumbo Tales – Sara Roahen; Four Kitchens – Lauren Shockey; Poor Man’s Feast – Elissa Altman.

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