Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for March 12th, 2019 is: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. I wanted to change it up a little today and the topic I chose is: Books That Need a Companion Cookbook.
1. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
This lovely, summery romance features a bisexual teen, Babe, who loves to bake and believes her purpose in the world is to make people happy with her food. There are so many teasing mentions of food like German chocolate cake, pistachio cookies and blueberry streusel that made my dessert-loving heart happy. If you’re a coffee lover, the book also goes a little bit in depth about iced coffee, French presses and latte art.
2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This Asian-inspired fantasy has one of the best world-building I’ve come across in YA and food is one of the aspects that is done superbly. The dishes mentioned are all Asian – dumplings, steaming rice, coconut kuih and so on. All the delicious food made me yearn to try them all out some day.
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I would be remiss if I didn’t include this beloved YA contemporary on this list. Lara Jean is another passionate baker but the book also mentions Korean food and how the father takes pains to keep the Song girls in touch with their Korean heritage even after their mother’s passing. I would honestly give up all my fortune in a flash in return for Lara Jean’s chocolate chip cookie recipe which she perfects in Always and Forever Lara Jean.
4. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Food plays a major role in Roshani’s latest richly-imagined fantasy set in Paris. Laila, one of the crew members, also loves to bake and concocts a variety of sugary goodness, with her specialty being perfectly round cookies that Zofia loves. There are also scenes with banquets and parties that highlight the rich cuisine of the time, which serve to hint at the excess and greed of the Belle Époque.
5. American Panda by Gloria Chao
This is an older YA book featuring a Taiwanese-American teen in college trying to balance the weight of her parents’ crushing expectations and her own aspirations. The culture and traditions of the Taiwanese-American people are wonderfully brought out through both humorous and sad situations. While the book turned me off stinky tofu, my mouth was still watering at all the soup dumpling mentions.
This post is part of the blog tour for Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale organised by Lili @ Utopia State of Mind. Find the full tour schedule, synopsis and the author bio below –
Sofia (Bookish Wandress) – review + a playlist
Ashley (Bubbly Booknerd) – creative
Lauren (Bookmark Lit) – review + creative
Victoria (The Contented Reader) – interview + review
Camillea (Camillea Reads) – review
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle) – review + creative
Fanna (Fannatality) review + creative
Syndney (Sydneys.books) – creative bookstagram
Fadwa (Word Wonders) – review
Mishma (Chasing Faerytales) – review + creative
Lili (Utopia State of Mind) – guest post
Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?
Lillie Vale, upon discovering she could not be one of Santa’s elves or attend Hogwarts, decided to become a writer to create a little magic of her own. Enjoying the romantic and eerie in equal measure, she’s probably always writing a book where the main characters kiss or kill. Born in Mumbai, she has lived in many U.S. states, and now resides in an Indiana college town where the corn whispers and no one has a clue that she is actually the long-lost caps lock queen.
Which books have made you hungry while reading them? Do you like to experiment with food mentioned in books? What books do you think need to be on this list? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.