Fiction For Foodies

If you love food and reading, why not let the two interests mingle beyond cookbooks? Here are great fiction finds that include an element of food.

If you like reading about delicious food almost as much as you like eating it, you should know you’re not alone. A wide world of “foodie fiction” is available to you, each story offering a unique culinary experience. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find.

“Pomegranate Soup,” by Marsha Mehran.

Three Iranian sisters move to a small Irish village, where they share the exotic flavors of their homeland via their new eatery, the Babylon Café. As they begin to make headway with a resistant Irish community, and find a peaceful home at last, circumstances threaten to return them to the bedlam of their former lives. 

“The School of Essential Ingredients,” by Erica Bauermeister.

A chef teaches more than how to cook in her monthly classes, as her students learn the ingredients needed to live happier lives.

“Monsieur Pamplemousse,” by Michael Bond.

An esteemed food critic and his trusty bloodhound find themselves embroiled in mystery when they are served a man’s head on a platter. It’s the start of a lighthearted series set in France.

“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café,” by Fannie Flagg.

As an elderly woman relays her dynamic life story to a friend in the throes of a midlife crisis, readers get to know the townsfolk of Whistle Stop, Alabama, and their many mysteries. The book is loaded with recipes—like skillet cornbread and pecan pie—to complement the setting.

“How to Bake a Perfect Life,” by Barbara O’Neal.

The crumbling life of a professional baker is made more complex by the arrival of her teenage step-granddaughter. It’s a tale of love and acceptance as comforting as the scent of homemade bread. 

“Like Water for Chocolate,” by Laura Esquivel.

In Mexico, a repressed daughter forbidden to be with the man she loves learns how to affect her world via the food she serves to others. Recipes set the tone for every chapter. 

“Bone in the Throat,” by Anthony Bourdain.

A newly hired chef tries to avoid hot water when mobsters descend on the kitchen of a Manhattan restaurant. The book is peppered with rich culinary descriptions and former chef Bourdain’s trademark sardonic humor.

“Chocolat,” by Joanne Harris.

Mayhem ensues when a newcomer opens a chocolate shop in a small French village. Soon the townspeople crave not only the delicious confections available to purchase but also the company of the eerily insightful shop owner.