April 28 It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
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)
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
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?
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 http://insearchoftheendofthesidewalk.com/2015/04/28/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-which-feature-characters-who-travel/
Yes, this was a fun choose-your-own week! Thank you for the book recommendation, I’ll check it out!
My top ten is very similar! Although I mostly read mysteries so we have two totally different lists. http://hiddenstaircase.net/2015/04/28/ttt-top-ten-books-featuring-characters-who-enjoy-food/
Food lovers unite! How fun. I enjoyed your list. Thanks so much for visiting!
I like your list. If only they’d come and cook/bake for me. I hate cooking/baking. Sigh.
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 😉 ?
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!
Great list! Have you read Siri Mitchell’s Chateau of Echoes? Main character runs an inn at her chateau and cooks – one of my favorites. Thanks for including me!
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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