Foodie Fiction for Teens

Love stories about cooks, bakers, restaurants, and more? Give these YA books a try!

Updated July 6, 2023
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With the fire on high
Acevedo, Elizabeth
From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright. Winner of the California Young Reader Medal! Ever since she got...
Batter royale
Adams, Leisl
In Leisl Adams's fun debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romance. When 17-year-old small...
Somewhere between bitter and sweet
Kemp, Laekan Zea
I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning Pura Belpré Honor Book about first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong. Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening...
A ph? love story
Le, Loan
"Will leave readers swooning." --PopSugar ​When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their...
A Cuban girl's guide to tea and tomorrow
Namey, Laura Taylor
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick "A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela's pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart...
Panetta, Kevin
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band--if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But...
Donuts and other proclamations of love
Reck, Jared
The future is anything but certain in this alternately funny and heartbreaking contemporary story about food trucks, festivals, and first loves. It's easy to look at high school senior Oscar Olsson and think- lost. He hates school, struggles to read, and wants nothing to...

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