Thanksgiving is upon us, which means food will be both a prominent feature and a major topic of conversation. If you plan on dining with fellow writers and readers, these four books that use food as a plot device will help you keep (or start) the conversation going. Bon Appétit!
There’s no doubt that John Irving is a master storyteller, but he subtly caters to foodies in his book, Last Night In Twisted River. The book isn’t explicitly about food, but it is about a chef and his son who spend decades on the run, with the former’s vocation serving as an anchor for the various plotlines present throughout the book.
Winspear is author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series but put pen to paper again in this standalone novel about a young woman whose husband is sent to fight during World War I. As a way to find comfort, she turns to the comfort food and sends her husband elaborate and descriptive letters of mouth-watering meals. In The Care and Management of Lies, food takes on a story of its own and the book is punctuated with these letters so that the readers can eat them up.
Fans of magic will eat up this story of a woman who spent her adult life being the perfect politician’s wife only to end up betrayed and back in the kitchen, where the magic she left behind long ago comes back to live. It’s a story of love, loss, betrayal, and redemption but more than that it’s about the power of food in the lives of strangers.
Food and love collide in this story about a restaurant owner and a restaurant critic who don’t realize their connected history. The book revolves around food in more way than one – the characters work with food, their relationship blossoms over food, and it’s ultimately food that threatens to drive them apart. It’s the ultimate, light read for the foodie in you.
What’s your favorite book that features food?