Curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace on a winter’s day is one of the most delicious of pastimes. Here are some suggestions for books to find at your library or favorite bookstore that will engage all your senses:
- Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni. A literary look at the spices that enhance Indian cuisine, told in a whimsical style. Very entertaining!
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café. If you haven’t read this classic or seen the movie, do so!
- The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. This tells the story of a disparate group of people who sign up for a cooking class, the relationships that develop, the stories behind the characters, and even has sequels so you can follow up on their intermeshed lives. Great story!
- My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. Learn about the U.S. meat industry in a fictional setting. Worthwhile and interesting.
- Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. Anything by this author is worth reading. Harris is an English woman, an unabashed Francophile, whose character reminisces about life during WWII in France, the pleasures of food during a difficult time.
- Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Made into a delightful movie, the book is still worth reading. Very good read!
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. This book was also made into a movie, its fun concept that our emotional state filters into the food we prepare, affecting all who eat it. Hilarious story, but decades after reading it, I’m convinced it’s true!
- Heartburn by Nora Ephron. The divorced wife of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein wrote a very funny account of her divorce in novel form, with recipes. I’ve re-read this whenever I need a laugh.
- On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis. I’m currently re-reading this delightful true story of cookbook author Loomis’, French Farmhouse Cookbook among others, life in France remodeling and updating a quaint old house in Louviers, Normandy. Complete with timeless recipes, it takes me back to my study in France, which I dearly loved.