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Fiction in the Kitchen: 30 Culinary Novels

the-cookbook-collectorAllegra Goodman’s sixth novel, The Cookbook Collector, is set to become one of this summer’s bestsellers but the author is following a well-worn literary path. Culinary fiction leads the reader from the kitchen into cafes and restaurants and back to the dining table. Heroes and heroines are cooks or chefs or gastronomes and the plot always returns to food sooner or later. We have chosen 30 examples of fiction that revolve around the kitchen or at least have strong culinary themes. From Joanne Harris’s bestseller Chocolat to Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen and Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, see the list.

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