Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Andrea Liu0
Delicious Reads: Books Featuring Food
Craving a tasty read?
These books feature great stories and scrumptious dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for cupcakes sprinkled with a bit of romance or a latte with a dollop of humour, these books will definitely leave you hungry for more!
Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Wonka Bars, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum, and that mouth-watering Chocolate River… all of these sweet confections make this beloved children’s classic a truly memorable tale. Tantalizing descriptions of edible goodies always make for a great read, check out these books featuring fun stories flavoured with fabulous food.
By Kristina Springer, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Can your drink of choice work as well as a personality test? Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner thinks so. A small pumpkin spice latte? Then you must be a ton of fun and sassy to boot. Or are you more of a medium americano? That might mean you prefer simplicity in life. Jane records all of her observations in a notebook which she calls Espressology. Before you know it, Jane begins to use Espressology to play matchmaker. What shenanigans will ensue when a sweet medium hot chocolate meets a hot toffee nut latte? Be sure to pick up this book (with your beverage of choice by your side of course) and find out!
By Kathryn Williams, published by Henry Holt and Co.
A secret burn book, cut-throat judges and drama, is this a recipe for disaster or a ticket to fame? For sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides, it’s an opportunity and a chance to win a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools (let alone, a summer in Napa). Foodies will want to sink their teeth into this read. Featuring delicious dishes, a fresh fun story line and a summer romance (did we mention there’s a very cute French chef?), this book is full of delectable drama and tantalizing tension; with such mouthwatering descriptions of food, you will be left positively salivating.
By Tucker Shaw, published by Disney-Hyperion
Cyril Bartholomew loves to cook, and here’s a secret, he’s also very very good at it. But Cyril is also a bit on the heavier side so he likes to keep his love of food undisclosed. Chris, Cyril’s best friend, is the only person who knows his secret. Chris is an attractive super-fit track-star and opposite to Cyril in every way but that’s never gotten in the way of their friendship… that is, until the day Chris sets his eyes on Cyril’s lab partner, Rose Mulligan. Unfortunately, Cyril had his eyes on her first. Flavor of the Week is a must read for anyone who enjoys droolworthy descriptions of food and a classic love triangle. Also, there are recipes at the end of every chapter which are definitely worth trying out!
By Lisa Papademetriou, published by Scholastic
Life isn’t always as fluffy as frosting, Hayley’s parents are divorcing, her mom just lost her job, and now, she and her sister have to share a tiny little bedroom in their grandmother’s apartment. As if things couldn’t get worse, Hayley and her best friend Artie are slowing drifting apart. Can things get any worse? Well, luckily for Hayley, she has a quite a tasty talent; Hayley bakes the most amazing cupcakes and cupcakes always make life a bit more sweeter. A middle-school novel filled with humour, heart, and the ups and downs of friendship, and featuring multicultural and diverse characters dealing with relatable problems, Save the Cupcake is sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet-tooth.
By Kelly Fiore, published by Walker Books for Young Readers
Succulent barbecue ribs, tender smoked pulled pork, home-made corn muffins, Nora Henderson knows it all. As she should, especially considering that her father owns one of North Carolina’s most successful barbecue joints. So when Nora gets accepted into the fifth season of Taste Test, a cooking reality show, she jumps at the chance to compete with the best of the best in the culinary world. But competition is fierce and Nora soon discovers that there’s something peculiar going on when unexplained accidents start eliminating more than one contestant. Between winning challenges, a bit of romance, and a culprit afoot, this cooking reality show is anything but bland.
By Sarah Ockler, published by Simon Pulse
Vanilla cupcakes topped with whipped peanut butter cream cheese icing, milk chocolate chips, crushed pretzels, and a drizzle of warm caramel… need I say more?
Seventeen-year-old Hudson Avery is a master baker, she can whip up a delicious batch of cupcakes that will leave you begging for more. But she also has quite a bit on her plate; risk-averse, Hudson doesn’t believe in second chances but can hunky Josh Blackthorn convince her otherwise? With wickedly fun banter, charming characters, and a great plot, this book is both bitter and sweet (as the title says) and an all-around wonderful read. Be warned though, you may want to take a trip to your local bakery for a cupcake before reading this book because the decadent descriptions will definitely leave you with an unrelenting craving for a sweet treat.
Still craving more? Here’s a few more books for you to sample and taste-test:
- Girls Dinner Club by Jessie Elliot, published by HarperTrophy
- Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors, published by Walker Childrens
- The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski, published by EgmontUSA
- The Cupcake Queen by Heather Heplerby, published by Dutton Juvenile
- The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante, published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
- Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler, published by Candlewick Press