This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is the absolute best because it’s all about FOOOOOD. My second favourite thing after books. Sometimes it even edges into first place. So books that feature yummy foods are amaaazing. Here are some of my favourites.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
My mouth waters just thinking about this one. This Queen of Hearts origins story features Cath (before she starts chopping off heads) who dreams of opening her own bakery. One of the delights frequently mentioned is the lemon tarts and, oh my word, they sound divine. And the fact that we now have an abundance of candles based on these very delicacies only serves to increase the mouth-watering joy.
Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
One of the best books I’ve read this year, WLAW features magical women with the ability to manipulate beauty. One such woman is able to translate emotions and memories into taste and, as such, creates the most GORGEOUS sounding foods. For my full spoiler-free review of this book including an extract full of deliciousness, click here.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I feel like I mention this on every list post I write but it just applies to so many topics! The Night Circus is one of the most sensory books I’ve ever read and the foodie details in particular are stunning. I’m not even a big fan of popcorn but I crave it every time I think of this book!
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Ok, I’m cheating a little as I… haven’t actually read this one yet! But the title is a foodstuff so it has to fit on this list, right? I have no doubt that this will feature some amazing deliciousness and that it is absolutely NOT the book to read whilst trying to diet.
A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
While a lot of readers were disappointed with this instalment of the ASOIAF series, I actually really enjoyed it. It offered insights into much more of the world of Westeros and one of the best aspects of any world-building is FOOD. I love knowing what foods are considered delicacies in different cultures and it’s no different with fantasy worlds. What they eat in King’s Landing is not what they eat in Dorne is not what they eat in Braavos. I love all that detail.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Is there anything more homely than the image of Bilbo Baggins’ well-stocked pantry? Answer: NO. All that bread and cheese, ugh. I could live very comfortably in the shire. Second breakfast was made with me in mind.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
No list of foodie books would be complete without this one. This book features some of the most imaginative creations in all of literature and it’s no wonder children and adults alike adore it. Chewing gum that provides a three-course meal? Rivers of chocolate and lollipop trees? ALL OF THE YES.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake; Love, Luck and Lemon Pie; The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
Oh look, more books I haven’t read! These have been on my wishlist for months now but they never seem to materialise in my life?? Weird, I know. I’ll have to make sure they’re on my Christmas list. They all have foodie themes and that, combined with the magical realism, makes me 100% sure that I will love them.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
I couldn’t talk about food in books and not mention Hogwarts! Harry must have thought he’d died and gone to heaven the first time he sat down to a feast in that place. Every day in there must be like Christmas. Not to mention the trips to Honeydukes; it’s probably a good job I never got my letter because I’d have gained 53 stone from the chocolate frogs alone.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
You wouldn’t think a thriller would fit on a foodie list but, in between all the murder and mystery, this one actually features some delicious-sounding meals! It made me very hungry at times. The main character’s uncles are chefs and they can cook for me any day please and thank you. Though I do make mean scrambled eggs myself.
What are some of your favourite food-centred books? Do we share any favourites? Are there any you can recommend that I absolutely MUST read??