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Article in the [[:Category:Adult Fiction|Adult Fiction]] category.
 
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A list of books that combine the pleasures and powers of food, flavors, and cooking:
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+food+of+love The Food of Love] by Anthony Capella
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:This book was one of those books that can only be described as seductive. Laura is an American student studying art in Rome who meets love-em-and-leave-em Tommaso, a waiter in an upscale Roman restaurant, and Bruno, Tommaso's shy friend and incredible chef working at the same restaurant. Tommaso convinces Laura to come to his house for dinner under the pretense that he is a chef--while Bruno is actually the one doing the cooking. Naturally, Bruno also has feelings for Laura, who is seduced by Bruno's culinary masterpieces [while thinking they are Tommaso's creations].  The setting of this story, the narrative of how food entices the senses, and the juicy plot that is almost a modern comedy-of-errors, are a winning recipe. This book also contains recipes toward the back.
  
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=garden+spells Garden Spells] by Sarah Addison Allen
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=garden+spells Garden Spells] by Sarah Addison Allen
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: This book hits on the magic of food and engages in magical realism (a style where magical or extraordinary events or happenings are interwoven with realistic settings to enhance the meaning of the story or bring out the symbolism of the circumstances). The Waverley family is peculiar in their hometown in North Carolina. Claire Waverley is a caterer who weaves her garden's herbs and spices into her foods which can change people's moods and affect their emotions. She's thrown for a loop when her long-lost runaway sister returns home with a child of her own, and a neighbor shows an interest in her, and her world is changed suddenly and drastically.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=chocolat Chocolat] by Joanne Harris
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:Mysterious and alluring-- Single mother Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk move to a small town in France whose activities and characters are dictated by the Catholic church, under the local priest Pere Reynaud. Vianne opens a sweets shop just before Lent, tempting the townsfolk and irritating Reynauld by her uncommon friendliness and defiance of the common town order.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=sweet+love Sweet Love] by Sarah Strohmeyer
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:Julie Mueller is a single mother, whose life has gotten bland. Her mother, feeling guilty and remorseful that she secretly ended her daughter's relationship with a man named Michael (the only one her daughter ever really loved), seeks to bring them together again by enrolling them both in a dessert class. Julie finds the beauty in dessert making and is thoroughly taken out of her comfort zone by seeing Michael again for the first time in years, thinking that he had abandoned her to end their relationship. The book contains recipes at the back, and it's a light, easy read that is a lot of fun.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+icing+on+the+cupcake The Icing on the Cupcake] by Jennifer Ross
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:Ansley is a Southern sorority girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend, ruining her dreams of living a cushy, comfortable life and being a stay-at-home mom and housewife. Stressed at the prospect of having to actually find a job in the real world, she moves to New York City to live with a grandmother she's never met, and whose reputation at home is a scandalous one. There, she decides to open a cupcake shop as she tries to carve a niche for herself as a baker. This is another light easy, easy read that makes you wonder why you've never started that bakery/coffee shop/bookstore  that you meant to with all your friends that have egged you on over the years. Sorry, maybe that was a little personal. Seriously though, although this book is a little predictable or trite at times, but otherwise, it's fun and the recipes in it are simply delicious. Recipes are included in the back of this book. 
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+particular+sadness+of+lemon+cake The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake] by Aimee Bender
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:A new book by Aimee Bender. I was on hold for this book at the library for over a month, and I thought it would be really similar to Sarah Addison Allen's books (all of which are phenomenal). It's a book about a young girl who can taste food, not just the ingredients, but where they came from, and especially, the feelings of the person who made them. Although this is the synopsis, I'm going to go ahead and warn you that this isn't really a good thing...though it sounds like fun from the outset, she learns secrets about her family through her food.  She has a very interesting perspective, and the writing is absolutely exquisite. It's is dark and brooding, and alive with magical realism, although of a slightly more pessimistic type than Sarah Addison Allen.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+owl+and+moon+cafe The Owl and Moon Cafe] by Jo-Ann Mapson
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+various+flavors+of+coffee The Various Flavors of Coffee] by Anthony Capella
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=baking+cakes+in+kigali Baking Cakes in Kigali] by Gaile Parkin
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:African food
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=belle+in+the+big+apple Belle in the Big Apple: A Novel with Recipes] by Brooke Parkhurst
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:Recipes included
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+chocolate+lovers+club The Chocolate Lovers' Club] by Carole Matthews
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=comfort+food Comfort Food] by Kate Jacobs
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+guernsey+literary+and+potato+peel+society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society] by Mary Ann Shaffer
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=la+cucina La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture] by Lily Prior
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:Italian food
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=how+to+cook+a+tart How to Cook a Tart] by Nina Killham
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=last+bite Last Bite: A Novel of Culinary Romance] by Nancy Verde Barr
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=last+chinese+chef Last Chinese Chef] by Nicole Mones
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:Chinese food
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=rosewater+and+soda+bread Rosewater and Soda Bread] by Marsha Mehran
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:Iranian food in Ireland
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=pomegranate+soup Pomegranate Soup] by Marsha Mehran
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=secrets+of+the+tsil+cafe Secrets of the Tsil Cafe] by Thomas Fox Averill
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:Recipes included
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=bakers+apprentice Baker's Apprentice] by Judith Ryan Hendricks
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=bread+alone Bread Alone] by Judith Ryan Hendricks
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=reckless+appetites Reckless Appetites: Romance with Recipes] by Jacqueline Deval
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=like+water+for+chocolate Like Water for Chocolate] by Laura Esquivel
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:Mexican food
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:Magical realism
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=eat+cake Eat Cake] by Jeanne Ray
  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=under+the+cajun+moon Under the Cajun Moon] by Mindy Starns Clark
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:Cajun food
  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=five+quarters+of+the+orange Five Quarters of the Orange] by Joanne Harris
  
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=the+mistress+of+spices The Mistress of Spices] by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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:Indian spices
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:Magical realism   
 
[[Category:Adult Fiction]]
 
[[Category:Adult Fiction]]

Revision as of 05:42, 2 March 2011

Article in the Adult Fiction category.

A list of books that combine the pleasures and powers of food, flavors, and cooking:

This book was one of those books that can only be described as seductive. Laura is an American student studying art in Rome who meets love-em-and-leave-em Tommaso, a waiter in an upscale Roman restaurant, and Bruno, Tommaso's shy friend and incredible chef working at the same restaurant. Tommaso convinces Laura to come to his house for dinner under the pretense that he is a chef--while Bruno is actually the one doing the cooking. Naturally, Bruno also has feelings for Laura, who is seduced by Bruno's culinary masterpieces [while thinking they are Tommaso's creations]. The setting of this story, the narrative of how food entices the senses, and the juicy plot that is almost a modern comedy-of-errors, are a winning recipe. This book also contains recipes toward the back.
This book hits on the magic of food and engages in magical realism (a style where magical or extraordinary events or happenings are interwoven with realistic settings to enhance the meaning of the story or bring out the symbolism of the circumstances). The Waverley family is peculiar in their hometown in North Carolina. Claire Waverley is a caterer who weaves her garden's herbs and spices into her foods which can change people's moods and affect their emotions. She's thrown for a loop when her long-lost runaway sister returns home with a child of her own, and a neighbor shows an interest in her, and her world is changed suddenly and drastically.
Mysterious and alluring-- Single mother Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk move to a small town in France whose activities and characters are dictated by the Catholic church, under the local priest Pere Reynaud. Vianne opens a sweets shop just before Lent, tempting the townsfolk and irritating Reynauld by her uncommon friendliness and defiance of the common town order.
Julie Mueller is a single mother, whose life has gotten bland. Her mother, feeling guilty and remorseful that she secretly ended her daughter's relationship with a man named Michael (the only one her daughter ever really loved), seeks to bring them together again by enrolling them both in a dessert class. Julie finds the beauty in dessert making and is thoroughly taken out of her comfort zone by seeing Michael again for the first time in years, thinking that he had abandoned her to end their relationship. The book contains recipes at the back, and it's a light, easy read that is a lot of fun.
Ansley is a Southern sorority girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend, ruining her dreams of living a cushy, comfortable life and being a stay-at-home mom and housewife. Stressed at the prospect of having to actually find a job in the real world, she moves to New York City to live with a grandmother she's never met, and whose reputation at home is a scandalous one. There, she decides to open a cupcake shop as she tries to carve a niche for herself as a baker. This is another light easy, easy read that makes you wonder why you've never started that bakery/coffee shop/bookstore that you meant to with all your friends that have egged you on over the years. Sorry, maybe that was a little personal. Seriously though, although this book is a little predictable or trite at times, but otherwise, it's fun and the recipes in it are simply delicious. Recipes are included in the back of this book.
A new book by Aimee Bender. I was on hold for this book at the library for over a month, and I thought it would be really similar to Sarah Addison Allen's books (all of which are phenomenal). It's a book about a young girl who can taste food, not just the ingredients, but where they came from, and especially, the feelings of the person who made them. Although this is the synopsis, I'm going to go ahead and warn you that this isn't really a good thing...though it sounds like fun from the outset, she learns secrets about her family through her food. She has a very interesting perspective, and the writing is absolutely exquisite. It's is dark and brooding, and alive with magical realism, although of a slightly more pessimistic type than Sarah Addison Allen.


Also try:

African food
Recipes included
Italian food
Chinese food
Iranian food in Ireland
Recipes included
Mexican food
Magical realism
Cajun food
Indian spices
Magical realism