Top 5 Food Novels

Looking for a good book to curl up with this weekend or something to enhance your daily commute?  Pick one of these Top 5 Food Novels for your next read: 1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

If you loved the movie, then you'll really love this charming tale of a Chocolatier who has arrived in a small French town.  She wins over the locals with her confections, but a battle between her and the priest proves difficult.  This magical tale of food, love, and small-town life will sweep you off your feet.

2. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

If you love magical realism, then you will love this Mexican bestseller about the power of one woman's cooking.  After her mother prevents her from marrying her true love, Tita's cooking takes on her emotions, even making every guest at the wedding cry from tasting the cake.  If you're searching for a good love story involving food, Like Water for Chocolate should be your next book.

3. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

A food-critic remembers a lifetime of meals while on his deathbed.  Famous but unloved during his career, he tries to recapture a forgotten flavor.  A beautiful and moving story for the food-lover in anyone.

4. Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran

Three Iranian sisters move to Ireland after the Iranian revolution and start a cafe.  Determined to succeed, the sisters win over the town's residents with their own particular skills.  The book includes 13 recipes, for those who love to taste what they're reading about.

5.  My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki

A modern portrayal of the same issues Upton Sinclair, author Ruth Ozeki tells the tale of a Japanese television producer and her travels around the US for her meat-related tv show.  A humorous and engaging portrayal of life and how it relates to meat.