It is no surprise that the rise in popularity of the culinary industry and its icons has spread to literature, and lucky for foodies, there are now fantastic “foodie fiction” books that are perfect for cuddling up with this winter season. From stories about the kitchen staff, the food blogger and much more, those of us who love the food industry finally have a selection of fiction fit for our interests. Just as sci-fi and romance fiction fans, foodies should have their own aisle at Barnes & Noble, but until then, here is a list of perfect fiction for foodies: books about our favorite industry.
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Most diners judge a good restaurant by its food, decor and of course, the service. But have we ever really wondered about the stories behind the people who pour our wine and take our orders? Stephanie Danler gives us the story behind Tess, a 22-year-old writer who finds herself in New York City, training to be a head server at one of the most renowned restaurants in the 2006, Zagat-controlled food culture. This story is enjoyed so much that it is actually a TV show adapted for HBO, so give it a read and check out the awesome series as well.
- Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
One of the world’s most beloved actresses, Reese Witherspoon tried her hand at food writing with this half cookbook half autobiographical piece about family recipes and their influence on her life and career. This is the perfect book for those who want both a story and new recipes. While this is not exactly fiction, it is its own hybrid creation, plus, who doesn’t just love Reese?
3. The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan
Based on LaBan’s real-life experience being betrothed to an infamous restaurant critic, protagonist Lila struggles to navigate life with the constraints of her husband’s career. Due to his popularity, Lila must keep in line with her husband’s request for anonymity. The secretive lifestyle begins to affect Lila’s independence and social life, and it is all in the name of food.
4. Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
Breaking away from his autobiographical pieces, Anthony Bourdain gives the literary world a refreshing piece of fiction centered around the kitchen. Not only does Bourdain provide a book perfect for foodies, but he takes a crack at crime fiction as well as the chef protagonist gets involved with the mafia in New York City.