Monday, July 12, 2010

Listless Monday, Food Fiction Edition

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

Ah, food. Who doesn't love food?  Summer is a great time for food, at least for me, because I love fresh fruit and veggies.  I adore a good grilled steak or hamburger.  Ice cream and popsicles are their own food group, in my book.  So, since I've had food on the brain for a month now, I figured I'd compile a list of books that relate to food or beverages in some way.  I know there are lots more than I have here, so feel free to tell me some I forgot!

Food Fiction:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (suggested by Kelly J.)
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (suggested by Court and Andie)
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs (suggested by Britt)
Coop by Michael Perry (suggested by Andi
Donut Days by Lara Zielen suggested by Kelly J.)
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy (suggested by Britt)
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (suggested by Andie)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (suggested by Britt)
Goldy Schulz Culinary Mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson (suggested by Britt)
Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy (suggested by Britt)
Hannah Swenson Mysteries by Joanne Fluke
Hope was Here by Joan Bauer
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (suggested by Amanda)
Josi Kilpack's mystery series
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (suggested by Andie)
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (suggested by Andie)
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
My Scrumptious Scottish Dumplings by Cherry Whytock (suggested by Kelly J.)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland (suggested by Kelly J.)
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (suggested by Britt)
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (suggested by Britt)
Sunshine by Robin McKinley (suggested by Andie)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (suggested by Amanda and Lauren)
The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises (suggested by Kelly J.)
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Suggestions are welcome (as are snacks)!

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  1. Yummy! Huge fan of food books here. Maybe you'll join us for the first BookClubSandwish readalong? We're tackling Coop, by Michael Perry.

    Check out the post at my blog:

  2. Mmm! Now I'm hungry!!

    What about Joanne Harris' Chocolat?

  3. Great list, as always. I've read and enjoyed Hope Was Here.

    Others that come to mind are James and the Giant Peach and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    I look forward to your list topic each week!

  4. "My scrumptous scottish dumplings" (teen book - failing on author right now)
    "Sweet Life of Stella Madison"
    "Scones and Sensibility"
    "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

    ...I could probably give you a million more. haha.

  5. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    Okay, okay, so it doesn't exactly involve a lot of cooking, but a pie and a saying about a pie is involved in it, and the title comes from this quote:

    Unless some crinkling at the bottom lie,
    Who cares for all the sweetening of the pie?

    It comes from a "cookery" book.

  6. I second "Chocolat" and also several other books by Joanne Harris with food in the title (eg Five Quarters of the Orange & The Lollipop Shoes.)

    Also, "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel and the book "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley is very much about baking as well as vampires.

  7. "donut days" by lara zielin

  8. Everyone has fabulous suggestions, thank you!

    Andi, I think I'd like to read Coop, but I'm not sure how soon I could get a copy...

    Court, I know - read it after lunch or something?

    Bookshelf Monstrosity, ah, you make me blush :)

    Kelly, I know I kept thinking of a bunch, even after I posted it! Thanks!

    Lauren, I can't believe I forgot that one! I loved it and I agree - it might not have been a major part, but it was enough of a part to count.

    Andie, I'm guessing Sunshine isn't about baking vampires. :) I've been meaning to read this one, since I really love McKinley's stuff.

  9. Julie Hyzy's mysteries starring the White House executive chef-- State of the Onion, Hail to the Chef, Eggsecutive Orders.

    Sarah Addison Allen's Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

    Kate Jacobs' Comfort Food

    Diane Mott Davidson's food mysteries, there's a whole slew of those. Dying for Chocolate is one... maybe the first one. Can't remember.

    There are a lot of food books out there!

  10. Wow, yes there really are a lot! Thanks, Britt.

  11. Melissa--the 'vampire slayer' in Sunshine is a baker and there's the most awesome descriptions of yummy food--or that's what I recall, anyways!

  12. Andie, that actually makes the book sound even more intriguing! I need to pick it up soon.


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