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Apr 15, 2008 01:38 PM

Your favorite cooking/food based fiction books?

I recently read and loved The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. I really liked the amazing descriptions of traditional Chinese foods and cooking techniques intertwined with a pretty interesting story. Do you know of other books like this? They don't have to be about China- any cuisine or time period will do! Thanks.

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  1. Cooking With Fernet-Branca, by James Hamilton-Peterson is a good one - a brilliant sendup of the Tuscan Sun school of writing. The Passionate Epicure, a French food novella, almost classic, written by a colleague of Curnonsky, is another: it reads like minor Balzac. High Bonnet is a gastronovel by Idwal Jones, kind of hackwork but not bad.

    1. Tony Bourdain has written some fiction. I've read one, Gone Bamboo, which is a mystery with a chef protagonist. Entertaining, and a great beach read.

      1. One that comes to mind is Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran. Sisters escape from Iran, move to Ireland, open a cafe. Recipes included.

        1. I just started "The Wedding Officer" which takes place in the wartime Naples-- I can already tell this is one of those books that is going to make me hungry reading it, with the descriptions of wonderful Italian food lovingly prepared by the heroine of the story--

          1. Pat Conroy's Beach Music. Our hero is a food writer from South Carolina living in Italy. When Conroy writes about the South Carolina Low-Country food & Italian dishes, I can see, smell and taste them!