Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
When Natalie discovers that her lǎolao’s restaurant was the jewel of Chinatown, she wants nothing more than to continue her grandmother’s work. But her agoraphobic mother’s fears of running a restaurant drive a wedge between the two of them—until her mother’s death ends their estrangement, and Natalie inherits the restaurant. There’s a catch: she must cook three of her lǎolao’s enchanted recipes to help three neighbors before the restaurant can shine again.
You can almost taste the sweet treats described in this book, about a pastry shop owner in a small French village who has the ability to transfer emotions and feelings into the confections she creates. Sweet, indeed.
My Life in France
Julia Child & Alex Prud'homme
Do we even need to explain? When it comes to food, no one is more delightful than Julia Child—and there may be no country better associated with the art of cuisine. So this memoir is a match made in heaven, brimming with tales of Julia’s love for her husband, for France, but best of all: food.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
This novel contains a dash of magical realism and follows a young girl who discovers she can taste the emotions in food—starting with, as you may have guessed, a slice of lemon cake (topped with chocolate icing!) made by her mother. Her talent turns out to be a gift and a curse as she gets older, but one thing remains the same throughout the novel: the descriptions of the food (so much cake!) are glorious.
Odds are you’ve heard his name, but long before he was a world-renowned chef, Marcus Samuelsson was a little boy in Sweden who spent afternoons cooking with his grandmother. You’ll follow along as Samuelsson morphs from a kid who loves food to an established chef who serves up passion in each and every dish he creates.
Good news, foodies: Some books about food do not require any cooking at all. In fact, some of the best novels are overflowing with juicy, succulent descriptions of food that will warm your belly and cool your tongue—all without taking an actual bite. Whether it’s a memoir of one of the world’s best-known chefs or the tasty treat of a delightful novel, these books are super to satisfy your appetite.
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