Discover 3 Great Books Featuring 1 Dynamic Theme – Fiction in the Kitchen

Greetings fellow Book Dragons!

Three on a Theme is a monthly feature where I highlight three great backlisted books (older published works) that share similar subjects or topics.

With Thanksgiving a few days away, why not focus on food!  These selections are guaranteed to make you hungry and since you’ll probably already be surrounded by a feast, why not indulge a little more while you read a great story!

Here are three great books featuring fiction in the kitchen!

Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler

This is the first book in the Taste of Texas culinary cozy mysteries that follows a woman named Josie.  After losing her job as a newspaper reporter working in Austin and having her ex-fiance unfriend her on Facebook, she heads to Broken Boot, Texas for a fresh start as the head waitress at her aunt and uncle’s Tex-Mex restaurant.  When a local jewelry artist is found murdered, her investigative instincts kick in and she works to figure out who the killer is before “another victim calls for the check.”

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the infamous Queen of Hearts, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.  Catherine is one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and the King of Hearts’ favorite, but her interests lie elsewhere.  A talented baker, she wants to open her own shop with her best friend, but her mother has other plans.  Then she meets, Jest, the mysterious and handsome court joker and she begins to feel the pull of first love.  At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she enters into a secret courtship, determined to define her own destiny.  However, in a place like Wonderland, filled with madness, magic, and monsters, fate has other ideas.

Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen

This is a short novella about Babette, a refugee from France’s civil war, who finds shelter at the home of two pious sisters.  Although she is a French cook, she prepares the same bland food they all come to expect, until one day she treats the women and their guests to a decadent feast of a lifetime, essentially ushering forth change to this puritanical Norwegian hamlet.

And since this is Nonfiction November, I thought I’d throw in a bonus!

Gulp by Mary Roach

If you ever wanted to know anything or everything about the digestive tract, then this is the book for you.  A hilarious, but scientific investigation of the alimentary canal.  Maybe not the best book to devour before your Thanksgiving meal or immediately afterwards, but taken in small bites, you can certainly savor and enjoy the humor and interesting information presented.

What are some of your favorite books about food?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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