Nothing goes together better than reading and food and this list of great food novels and memoirs are all delicious. The editors of our sister site, XOXO After Dark (the place for Romance!) compiled this list for us. We only tantalized with the first 5 titles but you should hop on over to XOXO After Dark for the full list – it’s a smorgasbord of delight! Bon Appetit!
Food and rampant emotion are melded together in this magical realist romance in which each of the twelve sections begin with a Mexican recipe, all of which are cleverly incorporated into the plot of the book itself.
Forced out of a life in Afghanistan, Debbie Rodriguez recounts her subsequent jump to Mazatlán, Mexico. Trading coffee for margaritas by the warm blue waters, and her ex-boyfriend for new friends and a new lover, the tale is as vivid as the new culture Debbie learns to embrace.
This novella focuses on the impact of a single meal—stuffed quails in puff pastry, turtle soup, Veuve Cliquot, baba au rhum—on a small Lutheran Danish village. A contrast in decadence and asceticism, the sensuality of French cooking weaves into a tale of love and respect between a refugee and the community that takes her in.
The trials and triumphs of chocolatier Vianne Rocher unfold in prose as sweet as the described French confections. It doesn’t hurt to keep in mind that the main love interest is played by the swoon-worthy Johnny Depp in the eponymous movie adaption.
Delicious vegan food and a scrumptious love interest? It’s just too bad for Clem, a vegan aspiring entrepreneur, that the beautiful Zach Jeffries is a carnivorous restaurateur…who hates tofu.