Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Cook/Bake

April 28 It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (Cook/Bake)

Today’s topic is one of the fun fill-in-the-blank kinds. Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE to eat cook or bake. So, what better thing to share some of my favorite books which feature prominent characters who bake or cook – often for a living?!? These characters’ culinary creations have made me hungry at times. But, one of them doesn’t exactly cook well…. let’s just say I won’t be caught eating at Glynna’s table (from Fired Up)

TTT Characters who Cook or Bake

In no particular order, here goes:

1. The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

Quaint small house-turned-fine-restaurant/foster transition home with a sweet romance

2. A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

So many beautiful dishes – and actual RECIPES in the book! My favorite so far that I’ve tried is the French apple cake from the book.

3. When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren

A cooking competition in Hawaii. Enough said.

4. Fired Up by Mary Connealy

This one is rather comical…. Glynna is not a very good cook. But she does have some people who help her remedy the situation 🙂

5. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

Two opposite sisters, brought together, in some ways, by food.

6. Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann

It’s been a while since I read this one – I remember character Tia Manning worked at a bakery. I think some of her muffin combinations sounded delicious!

7. While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

Another light and fun read, with the main character stirring up trouble!

8. A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

Eleanor Braddock selflessly cooked for a wonderful cause – to support war widows and orphans. (I got to feature a recipes from this story in these posts: savory quiche and shortbread)

9.-11. “The Michelli Family Series” by Kristen Heitzmann

Secrets, Unforgotten, Echoes

Romantic suspense with an Italian family who loves to cook.

How about you? Do you like to read books that feature a main character who cooks or bakes? Have you read any of these?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Cook/Bake

  1. Great topic! I like this week’s more open-ended prompt because I am loving seeing all of the creative routes different book bloggers took with it. The world is your oyster this week! If you like cooking/baking, you might try On Noodle Road by Jen Lin-Liu. I worked with her husband at the US consulate in Chengdu, China and enjoyed her journey as a chef/historian. Check my take out at

    • Thank you, Jenni! While I DO like to cook and bake, it would be awesome to have these characters cook for me! What a fun idea. Maybe you could draw some culinary inspiration from them 😉 ?

  2. What a fantabulous list, Courtney! I admire your ingenuity in isolating a group of characters (cooks / bakers). Well done. So many of these chefs are in some of my favorite stories. 🙂

    • Why thank you! It was fun to put together. Maybe it’s that my mind is always on food 🙂 Some of these are my favorites, too!

  3. Thank you! I’m so delighted you visited my blog. No, I haven’t read that one. Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll add it to my GoodReads! I’m always up for new adventures that include food 🙂

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