Set aside your beloved cookbooks and copies of Saveur, MFK Fischer can wait, it’s time for you to start reading fiction. Food fiction that is. For those of you who like to spend a day skimming food blogs, daydreaming about deboning quail and watching online cooking shows while cleaning fresh calamari, those of you who obviously can’t get enough food content in your lives, this is for you.
Anne Tyler’s “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” tells the story of a Baltimore boy who becomes a chef, despite coming from a family who know nothing about food and don’t care to learn. Descriptions of his restaurant will have you thinking of Jamie Kennedy’s wall of preserves and Michael Stadtlander’s organic wood furniture.
The Debt to Pleasure is brilliantly hilarious while still giving great food porn prose. Written by John Lanchester, a former restaurant reviewer for the Observer, the story is narrated by Tarquin Winot, a wealthy elitist recalling great dishes enjoyed while traipsing through France.
‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris, ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ by Fannie Flagg and ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel are classic stories novels focusing on food that never get old. Some new titles you may not have read yet include the saga of the Amenpour sisters by Marsha Mehran, starting with ‘Pomegranate Soup’ and followed by ‘Rosewater and Soda Bread’. Erica Bauermeister’s ‘The School of Essential Ingredients’ and Jo-Ann Mapson’s ‘The Owl and Moon Cafe’ are two more newcomers to add to this fast-growing genre. Do you have any favourite food fiction titles? Tell us on twitter.