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September 1, 2020

don’t read these on an empty stomach
posted by soe 12:43 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at That Artsy Reader Girl are the top ten books that make me hungry. Ten slots weren’t enough for this week’s list, so here’s a full baker’s dozen:

  1. Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu — Adorable graphic novel featuring a gay hockey player who bakes for his team. I haven’t yet read the sequel, but am seriously hoping for end material with scone and pie recipes.
  2. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch — A teen whose mother has recently died is sent to Italy to live with her mom’s BFF. They bond over ice cream.
  3. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd — A girl and her family temporarily move back with her aunt to a hometown with an eccentric ice cream maker who channels feelings into his non-melting ice cream.
  4. The entire Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas — Charlotte Holmes, better known by her nom de guerre Sherlock, struggles with a maximum tolerable number of chins. And she is cursed to live with and love people with really great dessert chefs. But you really want to be invited to have tea with her and Mrs. Watson.
  5. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks — On their last night of working at the pumpkin patch their senior year of high school, our two protagonists have vowed to sample every single food stand on the property, from caramel apples to fudge to chili fries. Bonus, there’s a map of the farm inside the graphic novel’s cover with all their stops.
  6. The Bandette series by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover — Our masked heroine is a huge fan of chocolate bars. You’d do well to stock up before beginning this graphic novel heist series.
  7. The Three Pines series by Louise Penny — Inspector Gamache loves his food, and he will not let crime get in the way of a meal at the bistro (or catered by it) or a delicious dinner with friends (and potential suspects).
  8. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo — Emoni loves to cook, imbuing her food with feeling. When her school overs a culinary course (with a trip to Europe at the end of the semester), she knows she needs to be part of it, even if it means juggling her work, her daughter’s daycare, and her responsibilities to her abuela.
  9. Chocolat by Joanne Harris — Opening a chocolate shop in a small French village just before Easter should be a slam-dunk, particularly when the confections are particularly evocative, but maybe not when you’re accused of dabbling in witchcraft by Monsiuer le Maire and the church lackeys he has at his right hand.
  10. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev — A modern take on the Austen classic, but featuring a British-Indian chef as one of our two stubborn protagonists.
  11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — Okay, so I do not want to eat custard sauce in which a mouse has drowned or cake with liniment in it instead of vanilla. But other than that, I definitely want to sample raspberry cordial and hand-cranked ice cream on a hot day and even a cake that has been shoved into a story to win a writing prize by your BFF.
  12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han — I would love to spend evenings or weekends baking with Lara Jean and frankly the Song girls’ lead-up to Christmas with their cookie baking extravaganzas are the things that dreams are made of.
  13. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — So evocative with her food descriptions they literally made a candy line based on it. However, I could live without Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday feast.

How about you? Do you have favorite books that you just want to invite yourself to a meal in?

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