Reading Challenge the Fourth
That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir,
a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant.
Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role.
I guess I'll really be filling up my Reading Challenge plate for next year. =P
It's all Birdie's fault by the way. Bad bird! ;-)
As I've told her, whenever I read about food in books, I sit up and
Who doesn't secretly wish for a pint of hot Butterbeer on cold mornings? (Thank you, J.K. Rowling!) Who doesn't agree that even a lifetime supply Turkish Delight isn't worth betraying your siblings for? (Thank you, C.S. Lewis!) Who isn't encouraged by the
Our hostess, Margot of Joyfully Retired and the separate Foodie's Reading Challenge Blog, has encouraged all participants to remember that this is a throw-down (participation by Bobby Flay optional), instructing us, "Go a bit beyond what you think you can really do."
So I feel like a bit of a wimp when I say I'll be aiming for the least ambitious Nibbler level. =P
by Merlinda Bobis
UPDATE (July 2011): This Reading Challenge was languishing until I found this unexpected appetiser. There's nothing like the food we learn to love at home, is there? And now I think I'm ready for the more "exotic" Mexican and US cooking that I committed myself to when I signed up for this challenge. (And in case you were wondering . . . Banana Heart Summer embeds the recipes in the prose.)
by Laura Esquivel
This is a novel I've been wanting to read for maybe a decade, so now I'm giving myself a proper excuse.
If I remember correctly, it was the first one to include a recipe at the beginning of every chapter (or is it between every chapter?)--or at least the first one which the literary crowd really took notice of.
I hope I'll be lucky enough to find a copy with the above cover. It's like Pablo Picasso meets Jamie Oliver . . . or something like that. Absolutely disturbing, yet absolutely right--like an exotic entree which really hits the spot.
by Polly Horvath
Here's another book I've been curious about for yonks. So one can eat everything on a waffle, aye? Why not read a book about a challenge for the Challenge?
This one also has recipes at the beginning of every chapter. The young protagonist is quite handy in the kitchen. The cover is so sweet that this one already feels like a dessert.
Anyway, yeah, just two for now. When I'm done with them and find that I'm still hungry (which would be typical), I'll go for a third book . . . and maybe a fourth!
Image Sources: a) Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis, b) Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, c) Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath