Monday, October 16, 2017

Ten Books That Make Me Hungry

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is about food in books. I know a lot of people are into "food memoirs" and novels with recipes in each chapter, and I've just never gotten into that, probably because I don't cook much. (I laughed at the suggestion, "You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don't read foody books" because I look at cookbooks even less frequently.) However, I did manage to cobble together a list of ten books that talk about food enough to make me hungry while reading them.

1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
This book not only got me to stop eating factory farmed meat but also convinced me to give asparagus another try. Good decisions on both counts!

2. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
I may have skimmed the actual recipes in this book, but she talks a lot about the joy of eating and sharing food with others, so obviously that's going to make me want to throw a dinner party immediately.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
I mean, there's an entire room made out of candy, but if you're like me and more about the savory than the sweet, then the part that will get you is Violet talking about the taste of warm tomato soup pouring down her throat (right before she turns into a giant blueberry).

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I know this is the book everyone loves to hate, but I really liked it, and I definitely want to experience going to a little restaurant in Italy that doesn't even have a name where the food is so good it makes you cry.

5. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Who doesn't want to sit down and have a huge banquet magically appear in front of you?

6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This is going to sound ridiculous, but while everyone else apparently wanted to try Turkish Delight after reading this book, it just made me crave turkey. Like the lunch meat. (Before I stopped eating meat, obviously.)

7. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
This entire book revolves around a cooking class where every month they make a new delicious-sounding recipe, so this is not one to start on an empty stomach.

8. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The protagonist of this book is a baker, and there's a particular plot point around a special kind of chocolate-cinnamon roll, so yeah, good luck reading this one without craving some carbs.

9. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
This is how much I love pasta so I would definitely take a magic pot that made an endless supply for me.

10. The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline
The main character disconnects from her busy city life and finds herself again via her culinary roots in this cute novel about slowing down and taking chances.

OK, now I need to go get a snack...

What books make you hungry?

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