Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Us Hungry

September 1, 2020 by Jenna | Books, Features

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday but this prompt really caught our eye… because it’s food-themed! We’ve teamed up to bring you ten books that make us hungry. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food and Love

I love love LOVE Hungry Hearts so much. It’s an anthology of short stories all about food and love of food and how food is tied to your identity. I’ve done a full review of each of the 13 stories and it’s definitely a book that I will reread over and over (with food by my side).

2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

In the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, Lara Jean always makes the most delicious desserts. Her love of baking and her quest to find the perfect choc chip cookie recipe makes her one of my favourite characters to read about (minus all the love triangle stuff, etc etc).

3. With the Fire on High

I just read and reviewed With the Fire on High the other week and there is so much foodie goodness in this book! Not only did it have the most gorgeous and delicious-looking cover, but food is a major theme in the main character, Emoni’s coming-of-age story. It made me want to get into the kitchen and cook while I was reading it.

4. Flour and Stone: Baked for Love, Life and Happiness

This isn’t a novel but it is one of my favourite recipe books of all time. Flour and Stone is a bakery in Sydney that makes the most delicious pastries and cakes. I was gifted their recipe book last year and I’ve made so many of the recipes with great success. The instructions are so detailed that it’s almost a bit difficult to stuff up. And all of the food photos in the book make me salivate.


5. The Scorpio Races

Who remembers how delicious November Cakes?! They were fictional cakes, with a syrupy sauce, made for the festival in The Scorpio Races. It sucked, not having any point of reference of what these could taste like, until Maggie Stiefvater heself created a recipe!!… which I still haven’t had a chance to make because it sounds a little bit complicated and I am not a skilled baker….

6. Kiss my Cupcake

This is Helena Hunting’s new romcom and has a lot of food mentioned! Both main characters run a bar/ cafe respectively. Blaire’s cupcake creations in particular sound AMAZING.

7. Serpent & Dove

One of Lou’s big characteristics is her giant sweet tooth, and specifically her love for sweet buns/ cinnamon rolls. They sounded delicious and also have me questioning if I’ve ever actually eaten them… I have a feeling I have not.


8. Darius the Great Is Not Okay

I loved the food so much in Darius the Great Is Okay – he goes back to Iran to visit his grandparents and his grandma makes him some wonderful Persian food and tea.

9. The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

If the title isn’t any indication of the food in this book, then the bright, poppy cover with the dumplings on it definitely gives it away! In the book, the main character helps out at her father’s restaurant, so there’s definitely a lot of Chinese food and dumplings here.

10. The Astonishing Colour of After

As the main character goes back to Taiwan to visit her grandparents, she discovers the night noodle markets there and the delicious Chinese food and noodles which her grandma makes.

What’s a book that made you hungry?

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Jenna is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves to indulge in great books and great food. She is a doctor (of philosophy) and can usually be found fangirling about something, devouring delicious food, or taking a nap. You can find her on Twitter @readwithjenna and on Instagram @readingwithjenna.

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