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Reading Ideas: Fiction

June 27, 2009

I haven’t read most of these books, but I have found them on various lists as novels about food. This is, of course, just a sampling. The possibilities are endless!

Any book that has a memorable or significant scene revolving around food, eating, or drinking could count for this challenge. Do you have any recent reads you could recommend?

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  1. Helen from Hawaii permalink
    June 28, 2009 11:40 am

    Julia Glass’s first two novels, “Three Junes” and “The Whole World Over”, both have tantalizing food preparation central to the plot.
    Joanne Fluke: “The Cream Puff Murders”,
    Virginia Woolf: “Mrs. Dalloway”, “To The Lighthouse”,
    Isak Denisan: “Babette’s Feast”.
    Frances Meyer: “A Year in The World: Journeys of a Passionate Travel” (She also wrote “Under the Tuscan Sun”)
    A Literary Feast: Recipes and Writings by American Women Authors from History” and Yvonne Schofer edited this wonderful book.
    ***”Julia Child: My Life in France.”
    Ruth Rechl: “Tender to the Bone”
    Jeanne Ray: “Eat Cake” (You will be up baking a cake before you finish reading!
    Amanda Hesser: “Cooking for Mr. Latte.”

  2. Helen from Hawaii permalink
    June 28, 2009 12:28 pm

    Rebecca, are you sure you want to recommend Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”???? People may never want to eat again!

  3. June 28, 2009 7:17 pm

    Helen, I haven’t read most of the books on this list so I’m not really recommending, just sharing ideas. I haven’t read The Jungle — but it certainly would count for this challenge! The book doesn’t have to be about tantalizing food; I”ll bet some of the nonfiction books about fat and fast food are a bit “never-want-to-eat-again” inducing!

  4. June 28, 2009 7:17 pm

    Thanks for all the ideas, by the way. I’m glad to hear those!

  5. July 27, 2009 8:09 pm

    I just finished The School of Essential Ingredients – it was a really fun read, a bit fluffy but perfect for a hot summer day on the deck.
    And I picked up Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez about a woman who walks away from her upcoming marriage and enrolls in a culinary institue in Paris.

  6. September 12, 2009 8:10 am

    I just finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Have you read it? Do you think it’s qualified? I’m tempted to include it, though mainly because of the title 😛

  7. September 12, 2009 8:12 am

    Mee, I haven’t read it, but if you say it works, it works! I’m not picky.

  8. September 12, 2009 12:05 pm

    I just finished The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Super entertaining and interesting — a novel about the history of Chinese food and the current revival of “imperial” cooking in China. With romance and a good plot.

    This was my fiction review for the challenge. I have lost track of where I am supposed to post my reviews, so I will drop off the link here:

    I may put it a few other places too, until I figure it out.

  9. September 12, 2009 12:08 pm

    Hi Rose City Reader,
    Sorry finding the place for reviews is confusing! There is a separate page in the column on the right hand side: Reviews. Also a link at the top of the page. But where ever you feel like leaving a link works too! Thanks for reading, it sounds like it was a great book.


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