This is the time of year when food is a big part of our conversations and preparations–we’re talking about big meals we’re planning, we’re preparing what we’ll serve, we dream about our favorite holiday dishes. What better way to celebrate our love of food then with some food-themed reading that AREN’T cookbooks. These titles feature protagonists who work in the food industry, a specific dish that provides the overall theme of the book, or characters who love things savory or sweet. You’ll find titles like “The Kitchen Front” by Jennifer Ryan. Set in Britain during World War II, it features four women who are vying for a spot hosting a BBC wartime cookery program. All set with World War II fiction? Try “The Coincident of Coconut Cake” by Amy Reichert. Chef Lou Johnson struggles to keep her beloved restaurant afloat and is visited by a food critic Al on the worst possible day. When his review comes out, Lou is wallowing at a pub when Al walks in. Lou accepts the Englishman’s challenge to show him the best of Milwaukee cuisine–before she knows who he is and what he wrote about her restaurant. Can they overcome the past and “savor a future together?” Grab the book and find out. Looking for a book that features recipes? Try “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson and try your hand at baking a Jamaican rum cake at home.
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