Top Ten Tuesday: Books that made me hungry


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday friends!  I meant to do more TTTs in August but the topics weren’t speaking to me much.  If I’m being honest- I don’t know that I’m going to make out any better with this topic- but I thought it would be fun to try.

Beyond the El by John Chu

Beyond the El by John Chu – This is a short story, and probably doesn’t count, but it’s definitely the first one that came to mind.  The MC is what is known as a food crafter (someone who cooks with magic?) and he spends the whole story trying to recreate his mother’s dumplings. Dumplings are pretty much my favorite food group… so, yeah. Had to mention it here. (As a bonus, this one is free on

How Long Til Black Future Month by NK Jemisin

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin – This is a collection of short fiction by N.K. Jemisin. There are two food related stories that made my mouth water: “L’alchemista,” where a chef is challenged to cook magical recipes by a mysterious stranger, and “Cuisine des Memoires,” where a strange kitchen can recreate any historical meal, the last supper, or Queen Elizabeth’s coronation dinner, or even a meal whose only significance is personal.

Fallout The Vault Dwellers Official Cookbook by Victoria Rosenthal

Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook by Victoria Rosenthal – Okay. If you’ve ever played Fallout, you know that none of the food items you pick up ever sound appealing.  But still… aren’t you just a little curious to know what Deathclaw Wellingham tastes like? Or Radstag Stew?  Come on. You know you want it.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Because Waffles.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews – I didn’t actually like this book that much. In fact, I disliked it so much I never saw the movie even though I really wanted to.  But.  For some reason the author included a bunch of recipes throughout the book and many of them actually sounded really good.  I never got around to trying them because the book was borrowed, but I wanted to.

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich – Evanovich’s novels always make me hungry.  Lizzie is a baker of most excellent cupcakes, and Stephanie Plum seems to frequent Chick-fil-A quite often.  Although I will add it’s totally unfair that Diesel can eat as many cupcakes as he wants without having to worry about his figure.

Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson – Samuelsson is probably one of my favorite TV chefs. In this memoir he recounts how he learned to cook from his Swedish grandmother, and went on to study in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world.  The hunger is just part of the experience.

Luna New Moon by Ian McDonald

New Moon (Luna #1) by Ian McDonald – One of the main characters in this story is a teenager, Lucasinho, who likes to bake cakes.  He seems to have a talent for it too.  IIRC – there are also some killer descriptions of Brazilian coffee which is my other favorite food group.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Carnival food is my guilty pleasure. I don’t care that it’s terrible for you. Or that most of it is deep fried.  We get one big carnival in New England a year and it is my mission to taste it all.  Granted- the food I’m referring to isn’t exactly the candy apples and popcorn of The Night Circus, but it was hard not to be reminded.  (I’d give my left arm for a giant bag of hot kettle corn right now… Probably won’t happen this year.  Damn you 2020.)

So I made it to nine.  I tried.  (Who knew books that make you hungry were so hard to remember?)  Do you have any favorite foodie novels? Let me know so I can check them out!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that made me hungry

  1. I’m laughing at the Fallout cookbook! I’ve seen other cookbooks that focus on food from popular books and movies and for some reason they always crack me up. Some of these covers don’t suggest food at all so its nice to know there are hidden recipes and stuff.😁

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    • I saw it randomly on Amazon once in my recommendations and had to add it to my TBR. The recipes actually do look tasty! I should have closed this with a disclaimer that it doesn’t take much to make me hungry lol.


  2. I love cookbooks themed on fantasy worlds/books/games! I have some recipes from the Pern cookbook that I want to try out. (I don’t have the actual cookbook, that’s my sister-in-law’s.)

    Several cozy mysteries have recipes for items mentioned in the book included at the back of the book, and one of these days I’m going to make the recipe to eat while I read the book. But! As you know, the book that comes to mind first for me for this topic is Death by Dumpling. 🙂


  3. Food books! Yes! Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Homestyle by Michele Feltman Strider, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, and Earthly Delights by Corinna Chapman all come to mind. Om nom nom.

    Is M. around this weekend?


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