Though not a gourmet, I have always liked reading about books that have food as a primary element, where the descriptions of a dish or meal are so enticing, I am encouraged to cook or bake. (In fact, writing tonight’s blog inspired me to make banana bread, which smells divine). Sometimes there is a magical element too, associated with the food, that makes the story whimsical or fanciful. The food becomes its own character, driving the plot to an aspect otherwise not possible. After reading some of these books, perhaps you will want to go out and create some culinary magic of your own. I did not write summaries for these, but if you click on the link, you will be taken to its Amazon page for a description.
These first ones are more traditional in their styles, with recipes and fairly stable plots.
- The School of Essential Ingredients (2009) and The Lost Art of Mixing (2014), Erica Bauermeister
- The Apple Orchard (2013) and The Bee Keeper’s Ball (2015), Susan Wiggs
- Hannah Swenson mystery series, Joanna Fluke (first one recently made into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie)
These books have that unknown element intertwined with a good story, and you have to be willing to suspend a little reality to embrace the tale as it unfolds.
- The Glass Kitchen (2015), Linda Francis Lee
- Garden Spells (2007), and First Frost (2015), Sarah Addison Allen
- The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010), Aimee Bender
- Like Water for Chocolate (1992), Laura Esquivel