Food in Fiction

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The cookbook collector : a novel

Allegra Goodman.

Literary Fiction, Chick Lit, Cooking

Heralded as "a modern day Jane Austen" by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment. Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-...

The Recipe Club A Novel of Food and Friendship.

Chick Lit

Loyalty, loss, and the ties that bind. These are the ingredients of "The Recipe Club," a "novel cookbook" that combines an authentic story of friendship with more than 80 delicious recipes.

A homemade life : stories and recipes from my kitchen table

Molly Wizenberg ; illustrations by Camilla Engman.

Nonfiction, Cooking

The school of essential ingredients

Erica Bauermeister.

Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen.

How to bake a perfect life : a novel

Barbara O'Neal.


In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O#x19;Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters-and the healing magic of homemade bread.
Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona's bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She's o...

Recipes for a perfect marriage

Morag Prunty.

In this tender, funny, heartfelt novel, an uncertain bride learns about the unexpected ingredients of marital happiness through the journals and recipes of her Irish grandmother.

The love goddess' cooking school

Melissa Senate.

Literary Fiction, Cooking

Camilla’s Cucinotta: Italian Cooking Classes. Fresh take-home pastas & sauces dailyBenvenuti! (Welcome!)

Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine—a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-wor...

Good enough to eat

Stacey Ballis.

Cooking, Literary Fiction

The last thing Melanie expected to lose when she went on a diet was her husband. Former lawyer Melanie Hoffman lost half her body weight and opened a gourmet take-out café specializing in healthy and delicious food. Then her husband left her-for a woman twice her size. Immediately afterwards, she's blindsided by a financial crisis. Melanie reaches out to a quirky roommate with a ton of baggage and becomes involved in a budding romance with...

The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel

Aimee Bender.

Cooking, Literary Fiction

The wondrous Bender conjures the lush and moving story of a girl whose magical gift is really a devastating curse. "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" is a luminous tale--heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad.

The Owl & Moon Cafe : a novel

Jo-Ann Mapson.


After losing her teaching position at the local university, Mariah Moon will do anything to keep her gifted twelve-year-old daughter, Lindsay, in a prestigious private school -- which means moving in with her mother and grandmother in an apartment above The Owl & Moon Café.

When her mother, Allegra, is diagnosed with leukemia, Mariah rises to the challenge of running the café: mastering her mother's famous fudge and chatting up...

Simply from scratch

by Alicia Bessette.

Chick Lit, Cooking

Alicia Bessette writes with compassion and tenderness to illuminate the many unexpected ways people save each others' lives every day-often without even knowing it. Poignant, bittersweet, and strikingly honest, Simply from Scratchis a radiant celebration of friendship and the strength of the human spirit. Rose-Ellen ("Zell") Carmichael Roy wears her late husband Nick's camouflage apron even when she's not in the kitchen. That's her widow style. I...

The lost recipe for happiness

Barbara O'Neal.

Chick Lit, Cooking

In this sumptuous new novel, Barbara O’Neal offers readers a celebration of food, family, and love as a woman searches for the elusive ingredient we’re all hoping to find…. It’s the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for–the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to survive the odds. With ...

Georgia's kitchen

Jenny Nelson.

Cooking, Chick Lit

Georgia is head chef at a top New York City restaurant and engaged. Her life seems perfect. When she's suddenly dumped and fired, Georgia goes to Italy to reassess her life.