In June, I’m partaking in a bookish Instagram challenge here on the blog. Pictures are required (because Instagram), so I’ll post a pic with some explanation or other every day. The challenge is courtesy of Bookriot. And if you’ve got Instagram and want to see what other people come up with, just check #riotgrams.
14 – Cookbook/Food-Themed Book
Food for thought by Amy Lane is a part of a series Tales of the Curious Cookbook so I’m going to proclaim this a double whammy. Tales of the Curious Cookbook is a collaboration between five M/M authors, and the common denominator is the ‘Curious Cookbook’, which is a collection of magical recipes put together by a mysterious person called Granny B.
I’ve read two of the books (the other one is the Mary Calmes one) and I really like the idea. The recipes are truly magical and the Curious Cookbook has a big impact in the MC’s lives.
The concept sort of reminds me of a movie I saw a long time ago, Like Water For Chocolate (based on a novel with the same name by Laura Esquivel), where the food is almost like a character in the story. The main character, Tita, has a magical relationship with food and her mood impacts her cooking. For example: once when she’s cooking for a large event (a wedding, IIRC), she’s sad and cries into her pots and pans. The result is that every guest at the event starts crying when they eat her food.
It’s magical realism related to food. I like it a lot.
And I realize I just wrote more about the movie than the Amy Lane-book. Sorry 🙂 I’m a huge AL-fangirl and this book is no exception. I warmly recommend it. And here’s the series-blurb as compensation 🙂
It’s called comfort food for a reason.
Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.
Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.
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What’s your favorite food-themed book? 🙂