With less than a week left before Thanksgiving, we have a cornucopia of books to whet your appetite and get you in the mood for your feast. From long, drawn-out descriptions of banquets in high fantasy, to contemporaries whose sole purpose seems to be discussing food before plot, plus everything in between, we have something for everyone at the Thanksgiving table this year on this list.
You can not talk about food-based books and NOT discuss the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. From perfecting her chocolate chip recipe, to baking cupcakes for the school bake sale, plus all the snacking in between. Lara Jean, her friends and the rest of the Song sisters have you completely covered when it comes to foody books.
The entire The Remnant Chronicles trilogy by Mary E. Pearson is chock full of food references.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: Lia begins her love affair with goat cheese in this book. At one point, after being reunited after time apart, Dihara orders, “You heard her, get the girl some goat cheese.”
Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson: The Vendan feasts are plentiful and full of intrigue, but, my goodness, the food descriptions are enough to make you go mad.
The Beauty of Darkness: Chapter 15 (simple meal at barracks)
Shazi makes her way to the palace and volunteers to marry Khalid, who murdered her cousin and get revenge in The Wrath and The Dawn duology. However, I’m pretty sure it’s the love of food that motivates her stay. There is so much feasting, snacking, lush breakfast, plums, buttered breads, aromatic rices. My stomach is growling just writing this.
In Abandon by Meg Cabot, a girl finds herself in a relationship with Hades and this relationship has benefits: by that I mean a dining table filled with an unlimited feast for her to snack on.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova: They sit down to one meal in this action-packed fantasy, but Zoraida makes it count: “The dig into heaping piles of plump, purple fruits and down sweet mead. White, fluffy cakes drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fat, sparkling sugar crystals. Roasted meat sizzles, surrounded by tender root vegetables the color of blood and bone.” “Are you serious?” Zoraida is seriously making me hungry.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chockshi: Maya feasts from bowls and platters overflowing with aromatically spiced meats, tender rice, juicy quince, tender vegetables. I’m officially starving, so I have to stop writing now.
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi: I remember watching a promotional video where Tochi talks about this book. The #2 reason he gives for reading this novel is jollof rice. He wasn’t kidding!
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Before I end this, I thought I’d mention a couple more books that are night up on the delicious books TBR due to the fact that food gets mentioned right along with them.
Want by Cindy Pon: I’ve heard the descriptions of dumplings have made people pause reading to make/order them.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi: Word on the street is that this book is full of lengthy descriptions of Persian food.
The Wish-Granter by CJ Redwine: A girl after our own stomachs, Ari goes to parties solely for food.
What other delicious books would you add to this list? Also, who’s hungry?