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Old 03-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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Smile Hi all, I need to find a good book to read next!

Hi, I'm new to these forums. I'm just looking for a new book to read right now. New to me, not necessarily newly published. In the past, here are some books I've loved: Watership Down, The Joy Luck Club, Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, and The Hunger Games series are just a few. I'm not really big on crime thrillers. And it might sound strange, but I love when they talk about food and eating in books. Loved the descriptions of food in Joy Luck Club, Hunger Games, and the Harry Potter books, haha! Just wondering if anyone with similar tastes might recommend something. Thanks!
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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I know you don't like thrillers, but if you are OK with mysteries that are more cozy, the Corinna Chapman series by Kerry Greenwood has lots of descriptions of food. The main character is a baker, so there are descriptions of her work. Also, most of the books include at least one fancy potluck party with the eccentric residents of her apartment building, complete with descriptions of all the food.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions, you guys! I was actually thinking about reading Chocolat for sure. I'll look into all these.
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Other foodie reading

Although you were referring to novels, considering your specific love of books that talk about food and eating, a few in particular come to mind. One is Under the Tuscan Sun, which details incredible sounding meals in the Italian countryside (as well as the renovation of an old and beautiful home). The movie with the same title had little to do with the book - FYI.

Another writer that made me salivate was Ruth Reichl, who wrote some great memoirs of her life as a chef and food writer including Comfort Me with Apples, Tender at the Bone and Garlic and Sapphires.

All of these are memoirs/non-fiction, but beautifully written and as transporting as a novel, so worth considering

Hope this helps!
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If you liked Watership Down, I bet you'd like Brian Jacques' Redwall series, featuring anthropomorphic animals. The critters have magnificent feasts.
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