What books do you devour?


August 4, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Books and food feed my soul.

Books and food have formed a wonderful partnership in my life.

I remember my excitement when a grade-school teacher handed me a book in which each thick page was the ingredient of a sandwich. I flipped slices of lettuce, cheese and onions and devoured the words and the vivid illustrations.

Later, I was introduced to How to Eat Fried Worms, which briefly spawned thoughts of vegetarianism.

Then, I graduated to cookbooks that served as my guide into the world of responsibility, money management and self-reliance, also known as adulthood.

I have recently journeyed into fiction books in which food is a major focus. A friend gave me The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I’m only 39 pages in, but the novel has me hooked with wonderful descriptions like these:

  • “Two brown eggs nestled in the grooves between tiles…”
  • “A yellow block of butter blurring at the edges…”
  • “The clicking sounds of a warming oven…”
  • “The berries popped points of red in a wavy row.”

Words and food evoke some of my most pleasant memories. What about you?

What food books are some of your favorites?

*Photo courtesy of chogoria via Flickr

3 thoughts on “What books do you devour?

  1. shawntaye says:

    Green Eggs and Ham!

  2. My favorite is “Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love,” by Lara Vapnyar http://www.amazon.com/Broccoli-Other-Tales-Food-Love/dp/030727988X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280943170&sr=1-1

    It is a small collection of well-written and poignant short stories about the connection between food and love for recent Russian immigrants.

    Some recipes included!

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