Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking

by Jackie P

Whether you’re looking for a recipe, information, or a good story, food-centric books can be found all over the library. This month, for our Beyond Bestsellers reading challenge, we’re looking at books focused on food and cooking.

Title details for The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty - AvailableWe have no-wait access on the ebook version of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty as well as several digital audio titles:

Hot Mess - Belden, EmilyIn anticipation of this month’s theme, I’ve just finished Hot Mess by Emily Belden, which takes place on the James Beard-award heavy Randolph St in Chicago. Allie is driven at her chosen career of social media marketing, even as she realizes that it’s a bit hollow. But when her brand interacts with a hot up-and-coming chef, she ends up in a relationship with him and pulled into the maelstrom that follows his every move. It isn’t until she’s in way too deep that she discovers the truth – and at that point she’s either got to cut her losses and lose everything, or work harder than she’s ever worked in her life.

Not sure where to start? Give our quiz a try!

As always, we’ll be back at the end of the month to share reader-made lists, so don’t hesitate to share your favorite food and cooking focused book lists in the catalog. Not up to a list? Share your favorite titles in the comments!

Here are some fiction titles to get you started:


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2 responses to “Beyond Bestsellers: Cooking”

  1. Carla Fisher says:

    My current favorite food-related book is Unforgettable, the Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life, by Emily Kaiser Thelin. Wolfert is an amazing person, credited with introducing Middle Eastern cuisine to the US in the 1970s. The book is well written and worth reading just as a biography. But I ended up having to buy my own copy when I realized that there were too many recipes in the copy I had borrowed from the library that I wanted to try. I’ve made several of them, and while they are not perfect–a little vague on some points–they’re doable (even the more involved ones) and delicious.

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