Cookbooks are fun and useful, but there are so many other kinds of books out there for foodies. If your book club is interested in dipping a toe into the culinary arts and isn’t sure where to start, we’ve got some ideas. Check out these five great book club books for foodies in a variety of genres.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
About: Anthony Bourdain’s beloved book about the restaurant world is a classic for a reason. Readers get a peek into what goes on in the kitchens at restaurants and meet some of the big personalities Bourdain encountered there.
What It’ll Leave You Craving: Garlic, but not if it is frozen or in a jar. As Bourdain famously writes in this book: “Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic.”
About: Nesto Vasquez owns an Afro-Caribbean food truck that has turned into a local hotspot. One day, librarian Jude Fuller stops by for a taste. Then, their romance begins to sizzle.
What It’ll Leave You Craving: Delicious Afro-Caribbean food like pernil, majarete, and pasteles
About: Travel to Singapore and meet Rosie Lee, a widow who decides to direct her spare time and energy into her restaurant: Aunty Lee’s Delights. Then, a murder stirs up some drama.
What It’ll Leave You Craving: “Amazing Achar” (which you’ll find a recipe for at the back of the book) as well as other Singaporean classics like chili crab and mantou buns
Bloom by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
Genre: Young Adult
About: This graphic novel follows the story of Ari, a recent high-school graduate who works in his family’s bakery. He has big plans to leave town with his band, but a cute new employee at the bakery might change his mind.
What It’ll Leave You Craving: All of the bread
About: Tess is fresh out of college and trying to make it in New York City. She begins work at a famous high-end restaurant where she encounters fabulous food and new friends.
What It’ll Leave You Craving: Oysters, duck, and whatever else your favorite NYC restaurant serves up