There are actually hundreds of delightful novels which center around food, some are mysteries, some are romance and a few just good contemporary reads, too numerous to even set out to list. Several are already made into popular movies, others include actual recipes, but all reflect the writer’s adoration for food, that may entertain and delight the various readers. Each novel has unique aspects, rich characters, plenty of food intertwined over the contents and different themes.
Here are a couple of top rate writers and books, many of which have ongoing characters, many of which are just once marvels (therefore we hunger for further):
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout, which chronicles the fascinating and delightful detective character Nero Wolfe, highly fastidious, neurotic and demanding, along with a total foodie by anyone’s standards; Wolfe lives within a NY brownstone and enjoys home made meals by his personal gourmet chef, while solving murders from his armchair (also an A&E TV series); considered by many as the best detective combination of the twentieth century;
Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris, and her more notable novel Chocolat, an existing which was also changed to a wonderful movie;
Fried Green Tomatoesby Fannie Flagg (additionally a delightful movie, whenever they you want to ferret out some green tomatoes at the farmers market and prepare them in your own home, following Ms. Flagg’s simple recipe);
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquive, a bestseller changed to a popular movie;
Diane Mott Davidson – an author in a very class by hand, 17 entertaining books sequentially written (so start in the beginning), which feature exactly the same likeable character, Goldie Schultz, the master of a catering business and it is an amateur sleuth quietly, considering the dishes she whips up for my child catering clients classified by the back, many of which are not hard and fabulous; (This author’s note: my absolute favorite foodie novelist, definitely, I’ve read them.)
And more wonderfully fun books:
The Epicure’s Lament by Kate Christensen.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
Kitchens with the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Bread Alone by Judi Hendricks
Delicious! by Ruth Reich
Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
and available for you wine fans: A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover’s Dream, by Ferenc Maté. placed in Italy where two New Yorkers make an effort to create dark red starting from scratch;
And there you might have just a place to start. So many books, so little time.