In honor of Thanksgiving, I rounded up some of my favorite books that have food heavy plots and/or settings:
The Last Chinese Chef, by Nicole Mones
The plot of this book is decent, but it’s mostly a vehicle for the main character to explore the world of haute Chinese cooking.
Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, by Jessica Soffer
This novel is a story of developing self-acceptance through exploring a family’s culinary heritage.
Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
Because this is one is not only delicious to read, but also because it’s about food and the importance of self-indulgence. I frequently re-read Chocolat just because of the descriptions of the confections.
Feast of Sorrow, by Crystal King
This book would be great for food and history lovers. It tells the story of a Roman aristocrat’s chef, whose recipes ended up in one of the oldest known cookbooks in the world.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown
Pirates and food! The main character has to create great food everyday, or the captain will kill him.
Household Gods, by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
Nicole is magically transported to ancient Rome. There, she learns to take charge of her life and her tavern. This features less cooking than Feast of Sorrow, but it’s still historically interesting.
Bon appétit and happy reading!