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Fiction about Food

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Do you need books that can make your mouth water? Food can be as important in fiction as characters, and we don’t have to turn to a cookbook for delicious descriptions. Try some of these books if you’ve got food on the brain:

Like Water for Chocolate  by Laura Esquivel
Tita is cursed being the youngest child of her family. She is in love but her mother believes her youngest child should not be allowed to marry and instead take care of her until she dies. The only way Tita can express herself is through cooking.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Rose Edelstein finds out that she can taste her mother’s emotions through the food she makes. This scares her because her happy mother tastes of despair and desperation. As Rose grows up, she learns to use her gift to help her family.


The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
It is 1944 in German occupied France, and Emma is baking bread. She finds a way to fight back against the Germans by making contraband bread to keep her fellow villagers from starving, and in the process, creates a network of barter and trade that help them survive.


Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Eva has been raised by her father to love food. She becomes a legendary chef who creates a secretive pop-up supper club. Stradal ties foods together to tell an unexpected mother-daughter story.


The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Eight students come together in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. They find that everyone has their own secrets beyond the kitchen, and that food can teach you a lot about life.


The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Chef Lou Johnson works to turn her restaurant, Luella’s into a success. A critic writes a horrible review under a penname, and she happens to meet him. The critic asks her to show him the best of Milwaukee but they agree to never speak of work. The two fall for one another, but can they stay together once the truth comes out?