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Sourdough by Robin Sloan (2017)

Lois Clearly moved to San Francisco to work in one of the most cutting edge robotics companies, but hasn’t quite settled in and feels listless. One night, Lois receives a menu for a local restaurant and her whole world changes. Every night, Lois orders the spicy soup and sourdough meal, until the owners pick up and move their business overseas, but not before leaving a gift for their “number one eater:” their sourdough starter. Thus begins a journey of self-discovery, baking, email exchanges, and the lost history of a little-known people, all of which lead to an underground, experimental farmer’s market.

Filled with charming and eccentric characters, with a dash of magical realism and a large helping of baking history and tips, Robin Sloan’s Sourdough is a recipe for success for any reader looking for a strange new adventure.
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Spotlight: Recent Foodie Fiction

Each of these novels has an enticing blend of food, relationships, and quirky women coming of age, no matter their age. And just a warning: you’ll be hungry after you finish reading!

citybakerThe City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (2016)

After her fancy dessert goes up in flames (as does her fancy workplace), Olivia escapes to Vermont to bake for a small inn. In the process, she meets a delightful cast of characters and discovers what’s really important in life. Check out Mary P.’s review for more about the story.

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (2015)

It’s all about Eva. Told from multiple points of view and through a series of short stories, the novel unfolds to share different parts of the renowned chef’s personality.

 
deliciousDelicious! by Ruth Reichl (2014)

After Billie gets a job at a food magazine, she encounters engaging characters, describes mouth-watering food, and explores the foodie side of New York. Read a full review of the book here.

Did you know? We’ve got a whole list of Foodie Fiction!
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Mary

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (2013)

relishLucy Knisley’s graphic memoir about growing up with a mom who is a chef and a father who is a food-snob will trigger memories of favorite foods, of cooking successes and failures, and of times spent sharing meals (delicious and not so delicious) lovingly prepared by someone for us.

Relish is recommended for those who live to eat!
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Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko

Eat This, Not That!: The Best (& Worst) Foods in America! by David Zinczenko (2009)
If you love to eat but would like to lose a few pounds with little effort, this book can help you make better food choices. One can learn about the “40 Best & Worst Beers in America” and the “Best Snacks in America” with glossy full-color pictures of every food and beverage featured and exclamation points galore. Frozen foods, pizzas, burgers, desserts and many other well-loved treats get the full analysis. Making better choices in the grocery store, mall food court and restaurant can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Written by editors at Men’s Health magazine, this popular series makes food research fun and easy. Other books in the series concentrate on nutrition for kids and a restaurant survival guide.

Get more ideas for healthy eating at Eat This!