5 Delicious Reads for People Who Love Food
Food and fiction make a fabulous pair, and these books prove so!
What better time to catch up on your reading game than the rainy season? We rounded up five must-read, food-centric page turners that will leave you hungry and satisfied at the same time:
1. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais
Follow Chef Hassan Haji from his humble beginnings cooking at his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, to earning Michelin stars in Paris. This beautifully-crafted novel illustrates a wonderful union between two different cultures fired up by the love for food.
2. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Hoping to solve the riddles surrounding her mother’s life, Emily Benedict visits the childhood home of her mom in Mullaby, North Carolina, a quaint little town where food and magic come alive. This enchanting novel will put a spell on you from page one.
3. Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
Budding chef Tommy Pagana joins his uncle’s restaurant in Manhattan’s Little Italy and finds himself tangled in a crime that will test his conscience and where his loyalties lie. Raunchy, grisly, and awfully graphic, Anthony Bourdain’s debut novel is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
4. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Forbidden to marry to care for her mother, Tita, the youngest daughter in the all-female De La Garza family, defies all odds to be with the man she loves through food and burning passion. If you’re a fan of telenovelas, you’ll love this Latin American contemporary classic. (Bonus: The recipes in this book are totally worth-trying!)
5. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Eight students from different backgrounds come together at Lillian’s Restaurant every Monday night for a cooking class in search of the perfect recipe not only for sumptuous dishes but also for a good life. Poignant and filled with endearing characters, this book will make its way to tug at your heartstrings.