Top Ten Foodie Fiction Reads to Feast On

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a Thanksgiving week freebie and my list is food-themed. You know those books that make you so hungry when you’re reading- like the Capitol dinners in The Hunger Games (there’s even a Hunger Games cookbook!) or the decadent concoctions in Chocolat.  Many of these food-themed books would make for excellent book club/dinner pairings and participants could whip up the recipes that appear in many of these books.

Here are ten Foodie Fiction Reads to Feast on:

the glass kitchen

The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters by Linda Francis Lee – Sisters, secrets, and second chances. Portia has a magical way with food and uses it to heal others and find herself again.

kitchens of the great midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal – Food and family are featured in this novel about a star supper club chef.

food whore

Food Whore by Jessica Tom – A food critic loses his sense of taste, and a budding chef agrees to dine with him and ghostwrite his reviews. What could go wrong?

little beach street bakery

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan – This one is described as a modern day Chocolat. A heartbroken woman turns her bread-baking hobby into a successful business and falls for the local beekeeper.

the coincidence of coconut cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert – A romance between a chef and the food critic (there’s a case of mistaken identity) that trashed her restaurant? Cute!

the particular sadness of lemon cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – Young Rose discovers she has an unusual gift- she can taste the emotions of others through the food they prepare. The magical realism component in this book is pretty unusual too.

the hundred foot journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais – I’ve been meaning to check out the movie version of this one. The Haji family opens an inexpensive Indian restaurant when they move to the French Alps, and Madame Mallory chef of the posh French restaurant next door is none too pleased.


Delicious! by Ruth Reichl – Reichl’s fiction debut is about food, family, mystery, and gingerbread cake. Yummy!

all four stars

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman – This charming series centers on Gladys Gatsby, an 11-year-old NYC food critic with an adventurous palate. Book two is all about her search to find the perfect hot dog.

the truth about twinkie pie

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh – Recipes, family and food are on the menu on this debut about a girl who wants to reinvent herself at a new school.

What are your favorite foodie reads?

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Foodie Fiction Reads to Feast On

  1. Okay, drool!! After reading your book tiles, I am now OFFICIALLY HUNGRY for dessert!!

  2. What a great idea! I’d call myself a foodie, but I haven’t read any of these! I did enjoy The Restaurant of Love Regained though.

    Sam Still Reading recently posted: Good Money by J.M. Green
  3. OH OH I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!!! Foodie fiction is like my favourite of EVER. And I have the Lemon Cake, All Four Stars, and the Coconut Cake one ALLL on my TBR and I seriously want to eat (erm, I mean, read) them all right now. XD I love when books mention food. It just makes them more real for some reason. hehe.
    Here’s my TTT!

  4. ACK! I’ve only read 2 of these! I need to get the rest to read! But I’m going to restrain myself and wait till the new year as my goal is to read the 9 books left on my smaller TBR pile before the end of the year! Thanks, as usual, for great recommendations! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Lori says:

    Yum! I love all these covers so much. I haven’t read any of these. I need to change that!

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  6. Love this!!! Books and food are the best. There so many here I want and need to read – Kitchens of the Great idwest, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Food Whore. Great list!!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Things I am Thankful For
  7. Great list. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I actually thought the movie version of The Hundred Foot Journey was better than the book.

    bermudaonion (Kathy) recently posted: Review: Cookies & Beer
  9. Giovanna says:

    Cool Top Ten Tuesday!
    I loved reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. It is a definite reread! 🙂

    My Top Ten Tuesday! 🙂

  10. Your Post has succeeded in making me hungry, Awesome covers. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

  11. I really like books that have food in them. I just bought Nuts by Alice Clatyon which is about a chef. I think Sarah Ockler might have had a book with cupcakes in it, too. I was kind of disappointed in The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. It did make me want cake though.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Lucy!

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  12. Mary M says:

    These books look yummy!!

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