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Subject: Delicious Novels
Date Posted: 9/11/2012 3:50 PM ET
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The thread about the novel, THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS inspired me to start this thread....a list of novels about food lovers.  Since I enjoy both reading and cooking very much, these kinds of books really appeal to me.  Do they appeal to you too?  Which ones are your favorite?   One of  my favorites is LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE by Laura Esquivel.

Date Posted: 9/12/2012 10:31 AM ET
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The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman is sorta a food book, but more a book about a rare and valuable cookbook collection and the two people who appraise it.  A good contemporary novel with some foodspeak inside the story.  I really loved it.

Date Posted: 9/17/2012 4:19 PM ET
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Anna, what a great idea for a thread!  Like Water for Chocolate is Great!  Below are some food oriented books that I have enjoyed:

The Blue Bistro

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

My Life in France
Author: Alex Prud'hommeJulia Child

A Thousand Days in Venice
Author: Marlena De Blasi

Date Posted: 9/18/2012 6:15 PM ET
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The Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen.    I'm not much of a book reviewer, but I really enjoy her writing style.  It's simple, but thought provoking with good character development.  A little bit funny and a little bit sad.  She throws in mystical elements, but makes them seem believable.  I just feel happy while reading her books, full and content when I'm done.  I would call them delicious :-)

Date Posted: 9/19/2012 10:50 AM ET
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The above books sound wonderfully "delicious!"  I have added them to my reading list.

I just finished reading a "tasty" little book filled with poignant short stories about Russian emigrates and their experiences with food.  The book is called BROCCOLI AND OTHER TALES OF FOOD AND LOVE, by Lara Vapnyar.  A few of the stories are funny and some are sad, but all show us a very unique view of "transplanted" lives and how some foods can be a source of comfort and others a reminder of traumatic events.

There is a collection of Russian recipes in the back of the book, recipes which are written about in the short stories.  I found the Cold Borscht easy to make and truly delicious.   Salad Olivier, a Russian style potato salad with meat is yummy but not for the health conscious! 

Date Posted: 9/20/2012 11:56 PM ET
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Eating Heaven
Author: Jennie Shortridge

 

Date Posted: 9/24/2012 1:06 PM ET
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I am reading this one right now & really enjoying it.  Thought some of you would enjoy it too.

The Love Season
Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 9:28 AM ET
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I have started a "Delicious Novels" book list.  Please stop by and vote for your favorite foodie novels.  Also list your favorite foodie fictions, I'm especially interested in "foodie cozy mysteries."  Thanks!