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?
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