I want to read some fiction about food.
This yearning came up when Andi (Estella’s Revenge) and I started contemplating the next book for BookClubSandwich, our online book club for foodies and wannabes. So far, all of the books we’ve read for BookClubSandwich have been nonfiction, and we wanted to branch out a bit. (Well, I guess technically Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is a novel, but it’s embedded so much into the tradition of muckraking journalism that I think of it as pretty close to nonfiction.)
However, when I floated the suggestion for foodie fiction to Andi on Twitter, I couldn’t come up with any books to suggest. I felt lame. But that’s where I’m hoping you’ll come in.
Others might disagree, but I don’t think a book that’s foodie fiction necessarily has to have recipes or even be about cooking. However, food does have to play an important role in the story — it needs to mean something to the characters or have a role in moving the plot along. For our next pick, I want a book with lush, delectable writing, stirring characters, and a story that’s made for sinking your teeth into.
There are some books that would be awesome, but are off the table for BookClubSandwich this time around:
- Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is probably what sent me off on this foodie fiction quest, but Andi’s already reading it.
- Allegra Goodman’s The Cookbook Collector, which I read earlier this year, had at least one relationship centered around food that would have been cool to discuss. also had a lot of food in
- Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman uses food as a symbol for rejecting gender roles and was a big discussion point for our book club.
Those are the kinds of books I want to be reading, I just can’t think of more examples because my brain is so stuck on nonfiction. Help a girl out!
Any recommendations for books about food that you’ve loved? What qualities do you think good foodie fiction has — are recipes a requirement or just cool? Any sources you go to when you’re looking for foodie books?
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