We recently bought a new dining room set and are celebrating with a big dinner party on Friday. Also, last week, everyone was talking about these food related new releases. So as a result, I have food books on the brain. I figured I would keep the idea going by asking about your favorite food related books.
When I thought about my own reading I was surprised. I enjoy both cooking and eating food and I love watching cooking and food related TV shows, but when I looked at what types of food related books I read, it was only nonfiction.
Here are some of my favorite writers who incorporate food and cooking into their work: Mark Kurlansky, Anthony Bourdain, and Ruth Reichl. With Kurlansky, if he writes about food, I will read it and probably love it. I like Bourdain's sense of humor, even if I do not always agree with his conclusions or life choices. Reichl gives a great female perspective. Click here to see when we read and discussed Tender at the Bone at the BPL.
This got me thinking about helping patrons who like me enjoy nonfiction books about food and cooking. So, can we automatically move these readers to fiction with a cooking or food focus. I am leaning toward a "no" on this question. For example, although I enjoy mysteries, even cozy ones, I am not a huge fan of culinary mysteries. However, when I think about it, the problem might be in the tone of these mysteries. They tend to be a bit on the sillier side. Also, the food and recipes are, for lack of a better term, more common. I appreciate more fancy and elaborate food and recipes. Finally, there is a big dessert focus in these books, and I am not a big baker; I am much more into meals.
The RA verdict here is that just the food connection alone will probably not work for readalikes. You must consider other issues like the tone of the work, for example.
I did try to think of other food related fiction I have read, and I could not. Maybe you can help me gather some ideas.
For today's Monday Discussion, talk about food related books you have enjoyed and/or about helping patrons who like food related books.
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