Novels that feature food
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I just finished reading The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella which takes place in Naples, Italy towards the end of World War II. The story revolves around the Allied occupation of the area and the relationship between a British "wedding officer" and a woman from a neighboring village that becomes the cook for the military stationed in Naples. While the recipes are not written out, they are described with such detail that my mouth begins to water!
One of the first books I read that had this effect on me was The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. The basic story is about a restaurant owner, Lillian, who offers cooking lessons on the Monday evenings when her restaurant is closed. Again, there are no specific recipes. The students learn to "pay attention" to the ingredients as they create their dishes. This book invites transformation, from the most essential ingredients in your food to the most essential ingredients in your life.
Another was Tomato Rhapsody by Adam Schell. Set in Tuscany in the 16th century, this novel reads like a fable, complete with bigger-than-life characters. The plot is built on the historical information regarding the introduction of the tomato to Italy by the Spanish who brought it from the New World. I loved this book and it does have recipes!!
Are there some novels that you have read that had this effect on you?
And that made me remember another good foody read--Stanley Park, which features a chef as the protagonist. It also features some highly unusual cuisine.
I'll post over at other LT food related groups too.
I know of a few books that have Quebecois cuisine
Taste of Quebec, Julian Armstrong 1990
From Pemmican to Poutine, Suman Roy 2010
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, David McMilliae 2011
Hope this helps
One obvious one: Heartburn by Nora Ephron about her former marriage, but full of food & recipes.
And a local favorite, the Ellen Hart Jane Lawless mystery series . . .
The main character/sleuth is a Minneapolis restauranteur . . . the books definitely invoke Minnesota, but (thankfully) the food is more wide-reaching . . . don't remember any "hot dish" at all :)
Another obvious choice . . . some, but not all, of the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell feature food and cooking (in between murders)
There was even a cookbook connected to the series Scarpetta's Winter Table
I seem to remember the cooking as mostly Italian, but I could be wrong . . .
This thread is making me hungry . . . though I just had a big bowl of homemade Pad Thai :)
Nobody seems to have mentioned Kerry Greenwood. She writes (among other things) crime novels and is perhaps best known for Phryne Fisher. But she has another series featuring Corinna Chapman, a baker and usually reluctant investigator.
Aftertaste; a Novel in Five Courses by Meredith Mileti
I've been spending time with Mole, Ratty, and Badger. There is lots of cozy eating in The Wind in the Willows. In fact, Arabella Boxer gathered up the recipes in The Wind in the Willows Country Cookbook.
Also a modern romance that focused on lots of great food is The Husband Habit. The heroine is a chef, and the first half of the book is full of her delicious southwestern ruminations.
There is a cookbook based on the series, I believe.