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20 Delicious Books to Read (not eat)

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I’m a sucker for food in books. Novels and memoirs with food at the core are my dream read.

I asked on Instagram a few weeks ago if anyone had any recommendations and am delighted with the response. Below are those recommendations plus my own. Do you have any to add? Do let me know because my to-be-read pile isn’t tall enough as it is!

My Life in France by Julia Child – I absolutely adored this memoir. I loved the film Julie and Julia (if you haven’t watched this film by the way, buy it now!) so had to read this afterwards to continue the food and the amazing character that is Julia Child. A gorgeous memoir I didn’t want to end.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl – my favourite novel from a few years ago. It’s Ruth’s first novel and, after thoroughly enjoying her memoirs, it went to the top of my pile. It didn’t disappoint. Full of food. Full of taste. Full of mouth-watering experiences. And with a mystery to solve.

The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan – a beauty of a novel based around a baking competition.

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay – a man and woman send letters and recipes to each other across the Atlantic. Friendship blossoms. Loved this book. LOVED.

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard – a love story with recipes recommended by Hannah of pwlldu.

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch – Annabel from bleakhouse.london describes this as ‘my favourite book in the whole world….Her descriptions of his food are wonderful and when I think of it I immediately want to eat corned beed from a tin!”

The Pedant in the Kitchen by Julian Barnes  – Sarah from brayscottage describes this collection of journalism  as “a very funny (and accurate) observation on those of us who follow recipes and the rest of us who drive the first lot bonkers by making it all up. I recommend it often.”

French Toast by Peta Mathias – Deb from theshortsightedoptimist says “Peta Mathias writes fantastically well about food”. Peta has written ten books about food and travel including Burnt Barley and Culinary Adventures in Marrakech.

Hot Pink Spice Saga by Peta Mathias – is a Indian cookbook and travelogue also by Peta Mathias recommended by Amanda of smallacornsamanda. Unfortunately I can’t find it listed online which is a shame as it sounds fabulous.

The Edible Atlas by Mina Holland is a culinary travel book and is recommended by Ana of analima236.

Desire for Chocolate by Care Santos – is a novel about three women over three centuries and the same bone china chocolate pot. It is recommended by persaiulia.

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Heartburn by Nora Ephron – the classic, semi-autobiographical novel by Nora Ephron is recommended by Laura babypicturethis who loves it. I must re-read.

Victoria of victoria_mjfh gave me a number of recommendations:

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl – Victoria says this is a recipe book but reads like a book. (I have this but have yet to read fully – it’s pictured above with my chickens!)

Voracious by Carla Nicoletti – a book of stories and recipes inspired by Carla’s beloved books. I used to read Carla’s blog a few years back but completely forgotten about it. Must add her book to my collection.

Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah – a memoir of a journalist married to a diplomat who is given a three year assignment in Paris.

As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto – if you’ve watched the film Julie & Julia you’ll know Avis is Julia Childs’ pen friend and literary mentor.

The Raw Scent of Vanilla by Emilia Bresciani – a true story born from the storytelling traditions of the lush and fertile Peruvian Amazon recommended by glassasdiamonds, who says it is, “just amazing but do have rather a lot of Vanilla close at hand.”

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – A novel with recipes, romance and home remedies recommended by shrada_g on twitter who describes it as one of her all time favourites.

Do you love food in novels? Love memoirs with food at their core? Here are twenty books that have food in them.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lynda

    My goodness,my bookish tummy is rumbling at the thought of these! Wonderful list, thank you. Lynda.

    13th February 2017 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Catherine

    This is probably my favourite genre! Have a few to add to your list: http://www.catherinesprunt.com/2014/02/february-reading-list-food-memoirs.html

    17th February 2017 at 3:12 pm
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