Delicious Novels About Food

Updated September 21, 2023
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Kitchens of the great Midwest
Stradal, J. Ryan
"A sweet and savory treat." --People "An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu. . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are."--The New York Times Book Review, Editor's Pick "Kitchens of the Great Midwest...
Lessons in chemistry
Garmus, Bonnie
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * GMA BOOK CLUB PICK * Meet Elizabeth Zott: "a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention" (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a ...
Recipe for persuasion : a novel
Dev, Sonali
From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition--this time, with a twist on Persuasion. Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her...
The kitchen front : a novel
Ryan, Jennifer
From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir comes an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY GOOD HOUSEKEEPING *...
Arsenic and adobo
Manansala, Mia P.
In the small town of Shady Palms, Illinois, Lila Macapagal and her relatives run Tita Rosie's Kitchen, serve delicious Flipino dishes, and solve crimes on the side.
World travel : an irreverent guide
Bourdain, Anthony
A guide to some of the world's most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York...
Like water for chocolate : a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies
Esquivel, Laura
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER * Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance, bittersweet wit, and delicious recipes. This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner,...
Delicious! : a novel
Reichl, Ruth.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller. Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the...
Paris Daillencourt is about to crumble
Hall, Alexis J.
From the bestselling author of Boyfriend Material comes a sweet and scrumptious romantic comedy about facing your insecurities, finding love, and baking it off, no matter what people say.  Paris Daillencourt is a recipe for disaster. Despite his...
Cinnamon and gunpowder
Brown, Eli
A gripping adventure, a seaborne romance, and a twist on the tale of Scheherazade--with the best food ever served aboard a pirate's ship The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared,...
Mango, mambo, and murder
Reyes, Raquel V.
Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quinones-Smith becomes a seasoned sleuth in Raquel V. Reyes's Caribbean Kitchen Mystery debut, a savory treat for fans of Joanne Fluke and Jenn McKinlay. Food anthropologist Miriam Quinones-Smith's move from New York to Coral Shores, Miami,...
Kissing Kosher
Meltzer, Jean.
"An unflinchingly honest romance." --Kirkus, starred review From the author of THE MATZAH BALL and MR. PERFECT ON PAPER comes this hilarious and emotional rivals-to-lovers romance. Step 1: Get the secret recipe. Step 2: Don't fall in love......
Against the currant
Matthews, Olivia
In Olivia Matthews's Against the Currant, the first Spice Isle Bakery Mystery, investigating a murder was never supposed to be on the menu... Little Caribbean, Brooklyn, New York: Lyndsay Murray is opening Spice Isle Bakery with her family, and it's everything she's...
A bakery in Paris : a novel
Runyan, Aimie K.
From the author of The School for German Brides, this captivating historical novel set in nineteenth-century and post-World War II Paris follows two fierce women of the same family, generations apart, who find that their futures lie in the four walls of a simple bakery in a tiny...
The city baker's guide to country living
Miller, Louise, (Chef)
When Olivia Rawlings-pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club-sets not just her flambeed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of-the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running...
The hundred-foot journey : a novel
Morais, Richard C.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, DreamWorks Studios, and Participant Media. "That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once...
A touch of moonlight : a novel
Santos, Yaffa S.
"A delicious culinary romance." --Booklist From the author of A Taste of Sage comes another charming and engrossing novel in which a young woman must navigate her family's expectations, the demands of her job, a new love, and a secret about her magical identity. ...
The donut trap : a novel
Tieu, Julie
Julie Tieu sparkles in this debut romantic comedy, which is charmingly reminiscent of the TV show Kim's Convenience and Frankly in Love by David Yoon, about a young woman who feels caught in the life her parents have made for her until she falls in love and finds a way out of the donut trap.
Little Beach Street Bakery
Colgan, Jenny
In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan's moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life . . . by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A...
The magic of lemon drop pie
Linden, Rachel
Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother's tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant. A decade later, she dutifully whips up her family diner's famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining...
Love & saffron : a novel of friendship, food, and love
Fay, Kim
The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best...
The Blue Bistro
Hilderbrand, Elin.
Elin Hilderbrand, author of the enchanting "Summer People" and "The Beach Club," invites you to experience the perfect getaway with her sparkling new novel. Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home....
The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel
Bender, Aimee.
The wondrous Aimee Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her...
The chicken sisters
Dell'Antonia, K. J.
For a century two rival chicken shacks in Merinac, Kansas, have been vying to serve the best fried chicken in the state, and a feud between the two families has lasted as long. When Amanda falls in love with a man from the rival chicken shack, she scandalously changes sides and starts working for...
The baker's secret
Kiernan, Stephen P.
A tale beautifully, wisely, and masterfully told." -- Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II--a shimmering tale of courage,...
The little French bistro : a novel
George, Nina
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.   Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. ...
The coincidence of coconut cake
Reichert, Amy E.
You've Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant--whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities. In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works...
Sourdough : a novel
Sloan, Robin
From Robin Sloan, the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, comes Sourdough, "a perfect parable for our times" (San Francisco Magazine): a delicious and funny novel about an overworked and under-socialized software engineer...
The summer job
Dent, Lizzy
"My perfect summer read! Sure to be one of the sweetest, funniest, and sexiest books of the year." --Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation   Named a Best Beach Read by Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly<...
Varina Palladino's Jersey Italian love story : a novel
DeFino, Terri-Lynne
"Varina Palladino's Jersey Italian Love Story is fun and funny, wonderfully exuberant, and incredibly wise. These endearing characters--their voices and stories-- will be with me for a long time to come. I didn't want to say good-bye." -Jill McCorkle, New York Times...
The bartender's cure
Straton, Wesley
"Compelling... [A] sure-bet read-alike for Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter." --Booklist A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK by BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Electric Lit, New York Post, LitHub, BookRiot, and Library Journal A fiercely relatable coming...
Ramón and Julieta
Quintana Albertson, Alana
When fate and tacos bring Ramon and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them.
The cookbook collector : a novel
Goodman, Allegra.
Heralded as "a modern day Jane Austen" by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon...
Simmer down
Smith, Sarah
Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn't be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mum serve up mouth-watering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn't expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten - or the competition to be so hot. Tiva's Filipina Kusina...
Sweetbitter
Danler, Stephanie
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A thrilling novel of the senses and a coming-of-age tale, following a small-town girl into the electrifying world of New York City and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. * "Brilliantly written.... Outstanding." --...
Legends & lattes : a novel of high fantasy and low stakes
Baldree, Travis
An Instant New York Times Bestseller A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2022 A Library Reads Pick An Indie Next Pick A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee The much-beloved BookTok sensation, Travis Baldree's novel of high...

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