5 food novels you should be reading in 2016


If you spend all of your time thinking about food and you also like to read, these food novels belong in your weekend getaway bag! Perfect to read huddled up beside the fire in this cool winter weather.

1The Restaurant Critic’s Wife  by Elizabeth LaBan (January 5, 2016)


Lila’s husband, Sam, takes a job as a restaurant critic in Philly. He becomes obsessed with keeping his identity secret, and asks Lila to limit her contact with the other mums (in case they have ties to the restaurant community), and starts wearing disguises and using different names. Lila starts to question her own identity, and wonders how she got here. (P.S., this is written by the wife of Craig LaBan, the long-time American restaurant critic. So, from the horses mouth and all that.)

2. The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick (February 9, 2016)


A historical fiction novel about the late food writer M.F.K. Fisher, and her affair with her husband Al’s charming friend, Tim. It takes place in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, so BRB while we drink this large glass of white wine by the pool and live vicariously.

3. The Theoretical Foot by M.F.K. Fisher (February 9, 2016)


Written by the actual M.F.K. Fisher, this posthumously released book is the one to read after The Arrangement. The unpublished manuscript was discovered in 2012, neatly packed away in a red box in a literary agent’s office. It’s not a biography, but it is inspired by real events from her life—specifically her affair with Dillwyn Parrish—the man who was to become her second husband. In true M.F.K. style, the story is marked by food experiences, each a metaphor for her hunger for life.

4. Gone with the Mind by Mark Leyner (March 8, 2016)


An autobiographical novel in which Leyner gives a reading in the food court of a mall. It’s totally wild, dark, zany, and fun (just like the best food courts, amirite?)

5. The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets by Jan Moran (April 5, 2016)


This is great for the lovers of a light read who want a super cheesy, sweeping romantic novel to get you through the cold NZ winter. A few good laughs all round.

Blog made with help thanks to: BonAppetit.com