There are few things people feel more passionately about than books...and food. (Okay, I suppose...family, friends, and fur-babies feature somewhere on that list too.) And there are even fewer things more engaging than a book about food that not only manages to transport you into the story, but also manages to make you drool.
Here's a list of books about food that EVERY (yes, every!) foodie needs to read at least once in their life.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The first book in the Vianne Rocher series has enchanted readers (and moviegoers that watched the adaptation starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) since 1999, telling the story of a conservative village awakened to joy and sensuality following the arrival of a beautiful newcomer and her chocolate shop.
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the magical story of the Haji family who open a restaurant opposite famous chef Madame Mallory in the picturesque French village of Lumière - a culinary battle ensues!
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Rose Edelstein's discovery that she can taste the emotions of the person who cooked her food paves the way to a moving, unusual, and somewhat divisive story. You might love it. You might hate it. But the chances are, you'll never forget it!
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
This deeply affecting story has won numerous awards, yet remains one of the lesser known books on this list. Powerful and tragic, Kitchen is an examination of healing where vivid and colourful descriptions of food become metaphor and medicine alike.
Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
While he's better known for his travel shows and non-fiction, Anthony Bourdain's first novel was wildly funny tale about a chef caught between the mob and the FBI.
So...have you read them all?