Fiction in the Kitchen

Book cover for Mistress of SpicesI’m one of those people who loves having music on when I’m cooking or  baking (and I seriously think that good music makes food taste better).  I also enjoy reading culinary memoirs. Whether it’s Anthony Bourdain’s books, Marcus Samuellson’s memoir, or any of Ruth Reichl’s books, I find that the best food memoirs touch on universal feelings of understanding and self-awareness and I come away with some new food knowledge. If you also enjoy memoirs like these, you might also enjoy some Fiction in your Kitchen (i.e. fiction with a culinary theme).   These are just a few suggestions to whet your appetite (sorry, I couldn’t help it):

The Hundred-foot Journey

Unlikely gourmand Hassan Haji first experiences life through his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, never dreaming that he would one day travel to Paris and launch his own restaurant.  Be prepared: this story might make you hungrier with each turn of the page.

The Joy Luck Club
“I was not too fond of crab, ever since I saw my birthday crab boiled alive, but I knew I could not refuse. That's the way Chinese mothers show they love their children, not through hugs and kisses but with stern offerings of steamed dumplings, duck's gizzards, and crab.”

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

This charming book focuses on a baker who moves to a small town in Vermont, spending her days working at an inn (and perfecting her apple pie recipe).
The Mistress of Spices

This whimsical, sensual, magical book gives a mysterious spice merchant is definitely more than she appears.