There was this one time I was so engrossed in a book I read from 10pm – 9am (the next day). It was my form of ‘Korean drama’. Call me a nerd but there’s nothing more magical than burying my head in a good book with a cup of tea and some yummy crunchy snacks. I’ve an endless list of books on my reading list but these are just a few that I have carefully curated and are on my ‘absolutely must read’ list.

P.S. Of all that I’ve handpicked, #2 is a personal favourite.

 

Fiction

#1 Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe, by Fannie Flag

Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe

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Goodreads rating: 4.25/5

This book is set in Alabama during the great depression, and a nursing home in Birmingham. It depicts the lives of two women, Evelyn Couch, a middle-aged housewife, who finds meaning in life through Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home. Fannie Flag does an excellent job switching between two time periods – first in 1929 during the great depression, and second in 1985 and explores the recurring theme of friendship and kindness.

 

#2 Garden spells by Sarah Addison Allen

garden spells

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Goodreads rating: 4.02/5

If you’re a lover of all things food and an enchanting storyline, Garden Spells will glue you to your seat. It is based on the story of the reunion of two estranged sisters in Bascom, North Carolina. Claire is a gifted caterer who has the gift to create special dishes that shapes the moods of others – like rose geranium wine to call up fond memories. She is reconnected with her sister, Sydney, and embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. This book is like chicken soup for the soul!

 

#3 The lost recipe for happiness by Barbara O Neal

The lost recipe for happiness

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Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Goodreads: ‘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….’ To keep things short and sweet, it’s an enriching story of survival, letting go and facing the future with open arms. If you’ve always wondered how it is like starting your own restaurant/cafe, this is the book for you.

 

#4 Chocolat by Joanne Harris

chocolat

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Chocolat is about… you guessed it, chocolate! (duh). It is a captivating read about a chocolate confectioner who settles in a small French town with her spirited young daughter. It is filled with beautiful description packed with deep meanings. As quoted in the book “I believe that being happy is the only important thing. Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or torturous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” – if this speaks to your heart, I’m sure you’ll love the book!

 

#5 The hundred foot journey by Richard C. Morais

the hundred foot journey

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Goodreads rating: 3.54/5

This book is a charming story of culture, cuisines, and friendship. It is based upon the Haji family who opened an Indian restaurant restaurant across a well renowned French restaurant in the French Alps. Someone’s review I came across described it as a cross between Slumdog Millionaire and Ratatouille 😀 If your reading list is just as long as mine’s, you could catch the movie based on this novel. I absolutely loved it!

 

Non-fiction

#1 The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore's Dilemma- A Natural History of Four Meals

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Goodreads rating: 4.17/5

This book would take you on a ride through American’s food chain, from the production of food, to the consumer, explores the eating behaviours, for example, meat eaters who have watched the animal that they’re eating die, the pleasures of eating, and so on. You can tell how passionate Michael Polland is about food from the way he writes and the topics he discussed. You’ll never look at food the same way again.

 

#2 Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Garlic and Sapphires- The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

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Goodreads rating: 3.92/5

Wouldn’t it be fun to be a food critic?! … or so I thought.  Ruth Reichi recounts the times she disguised herself in multiple personalities and styles just to give honest food reviews. The book exposes readers to the differing treatment restaurants give to the ‘common’ man and does a genius job of describing dishes, textures and aromas.

 

#3 Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

kitchen confidential

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Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes of the culinary world? If you’ve seen Hell’s Kitchen, that’s not all. New York Chef Anthony Bourdain recounts his days as a chef, from the early days till… well, just give it a try. It’s far from what television tells you.

 

#4 A year in provence – Peter Mayle

a year in provence

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Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Are you a fan of the ever famous British wit? This is one you must pick up! It recounts a story of two Brits who moved to a rural French town called Provence to pursue their dreams. When you’re done with the book, head over to watch A Good Year, which is also about a brit who moves to Provence. But if reading is just too much, we reckon a glass of wine and A Good Year would do 😉

 

#5 The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers’ Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard – Jennifer Trainer Thompson

The Fresh Egg Cookbook

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Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Someone once asked, if you could not have either eggs or cheese for the rest of your life, which would you choose? I refuse to reply. This is no ordinary cookbook by Jennifer Thompson – you NEED it. It contains 101 innovative recipes which features eggs (of course), and it talks about her failures and successes in raising chickens, tips on raising chickens, and how to cook eggs right. Perfect for both novice and experienced cooks!

 

 

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Like how taste is subjective, books are no exception. These are just a few that I’ve picked out, but you can also refer here for a long list of food themed books that you may like!

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