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Top 10 Tuesday: Books that make me hungry

I'm joining Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl for this week's book roundup on the theme of "books that make me hungry" - about food, eating, recipes, food image on cover, etc. This weekly bookish gathering started from a place of loving books AND loving a good list - count me in! Every week Jana offers a different theme to give us a chance to share a fun book list. This week I broadened the theme a little to include a few "food for thought" books that I've loved this year. Take a minute and browse through some of the links and I'm sure you'll find your TBR list will explode!

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Based on true, this story isn't maybe the best one to lead with because it's about the absence of food (which would make you hungry, right???)! It's the story of the terrifying consequences of exploring for the NW Passage, getting stuck in the ice, and running out of food and pretty much all provisions.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter

I picked this up before our trip to Paris a few years ago - I was hoping for some good neighborhood walking routes. Instead it's almost a personal memoir of places he ate and who he ate with. There are lots of mouth watering food and restaurant descriptions here - but not much on walking Paris neighborhoods.

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

I'm guessing this might show up on a lot of lists - it's a fun memoir by the food critic for the NY Times and the lengths she went to to avoid recognition when she visited a restaurant. Now here's some mouth-watering food descriptions! Reviewed here.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Set in Sonoma wine country, a love goes bad so 30-year-old Georgia returns home to the family vineyard for consolation and discovers family secrets.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Searching my "finished books" master list looking for food related books, I came across this possibly unusual entry. Set in WWII, two young Russian soldiers are tasked with the impossible. They are to find eggs for a wedding cake for their superior. EGGS! In a city filled with deprivation and starving people. It's about friendship, war, and the search for the impossible.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Here's one I'm sure will be on many of the lists because who doesn't get hungry for chocolate? Tale of family life in Mexico, romance, and a touch of magic make this story irresistible.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

While this wasn't my favorite read ever, it does reference food that might make you feel hungry. The first in a series about a young girl who loves science and solving puzzles and gets drawn into solving a murder.


# NotYourPrincess edited by Lisa Charleyboy

One of my first reads in 2020, this is an excellent collection of poetry and artwork by Indigenous women that make me reflect on the different life paths of women and the difficulty of living as a Native American. The women are hungry for acceptance and acknowledgement.

Reviewed here.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Based on true, another amazing story about women overcoming adversity to live their best life and hungry to live a "normal" life. Facing discrimination because of the blue color of her skin (I learned several amazing things about US history and people in this book), and a lack of friends, a woman makes her way as a horseback librarian.

Reviewed here.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Based on true, this middle grade book is about civil war in Sudan and the life of one little boy's treks back and forth across the war-torn country from one refugee camp to another as he tries to survive and find his family. A secondary plot line is about the lack of water in Sudan. The two stories find their way to each other in the amazing and heartfelt conclusion.

Review here

My 10 books that make me hungry were a bit of a challenge since apparently I don't read a lot of books about or featuring food so some of mine might be a stretch.......but that's the fun of a list, right? Hope you find something that inspires you to read it. Let's chat about it in the comments.

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