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Jan 18, 2009 03:05 PM

Looking for food lit that discusses two people becoming close friends because of their shared love of cooking or eating food

Doing research for my food podcast, Chicken 'n Waffles. The food lit can be articles, essays, novels, whatever. Just looking for stories of food forming a bond between two people, preferably non-romantic. Thanks for your help!

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  1. The non-romantic part is tough. But you might look at Cooking With Fernet-Branca, the Booker award finalist by James Hamilton-Paterson. Food acts almost as an unreliable narrator of the novel.

    1. Take a look at "Eat Cake" by Jeanne Ray. The main character uses baking to relieve her stress. And the recipes are a delightful bonus.

      1. MFK Fisher and Me by Jeannette Ferrary might be up your alley.

        1. it's weird food relationships but "My Year of Meats" by Ruth Ozeki is an interesting read that centers around food. Certainly has some romantic components but I really liked it.

          1. Try the T.C. Boyle short story, "Sorry Fugu", about the relationship between a chef and a restaurant critic. Hilarious, and also an interesting commentary on criticism itself.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Oh, I have to check that out -- Boyle is one of my favorite contemporary writers, but I haven't read many of his short stories.