March 10, 2014 by BettyCupcakes
I’ve always been a big reader. Though it took me a while to actually learn how to read (I was in the slow group- no shame), once the letters slid into place, I was hooked. I would spend summer vacations plowing through the Babysitter’s Club series or analyzing along with Anastasia Krupnik.
These days I feel like I spend more time in the kitchen than I do curled up with a good book. Enter the audiobook. When I first started BettyCupcakes back in 2010, I spent long afternoons and evenings stirring, simmering, tasting, and listening. Here are some of my favorite books for food lovers and readers.
My favorite author to listen to is Diane Mott Davidson. Her heroine, Goldy Schultz, is full-time caterer and a part-time crime solver. Whether she is catering for the Aspen Meadow Library, a high society wedding, or a fashion shoot she always stumbles upon a crime and manages to solve it without burning her cookies. While I don’t know how manages to cook after getting her umpteenth concussion from the “bad guy”, I identify with Goldy’s loyalty and absolute adoration for coffee. Recipes for meals mentioned in the book are included.
Cleo Coyle’s Coffee House Mysteries are set in Greenwich Village in New York City. The bustling city is mirrored by her busy coffee shop. Between brewing lattes, fighting with her ex-husband/co-owner of The Village Blend, and snuggling with her favorite NYPD detective, Clare Cosi nabs bad guys, clears reputations, and cooks gourmet meals. Each book ends with coffee-brewing tips and recipes. Plus each one has a totally outrageous title- the puns are delicious!
Jan Karon’s Mitford Series is heavily influenced by food. Whether it’s the diabetic-coma inducing orange marmalade cake, Father Tim’s baked hams, or Puny’s miraculous cornbread, this series feeds your soul. My mom and I call these our “white bread” books. They are nice books written about nice people. Total Hallmark-movie territory, but I love curling up with this kind of book on a snowy day. Bonus: There’s even a Mitford Series Cookbook!
Kathryn Stockett’s The Help: This one might be a stretch, but I love the way she describes food in this book. I’d like to sit down to dinner with Minny. She is my kitchen kindred spirit. The way she rhapsodizes about fried chicken takes me right back to my childhood dipping crispy, salty tenders into sticky-sweet honey.
In case you need a sweet treat to have with a cup of tea while you settle down with a good book, here are a few of my favorites:
What are your favorite books?
Do you like to read about food?