Blame it on my love for baking (we’re working on cooking), but books that feature characters who work in cafés or restaurants or have a love for making food are my absolute jam I haven’t heard the term ‘foodie’ used lately, but it definitely can apply to this fangirl’s reading taste. Food pun both unintended and intended. Listed below are my favorite books that instill the best kind of cravings. You’ll be inspired to get creative in the kitchen (or just raid the refrigerator).
Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
I absolutely love my sweets and desserts, but I have never felt more inspired to eat a pastry or two until I read Love à la Mode. I am in desperate need to try an authentic (or at least well-executed) pain au chocolat.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
We all scream for ice cream here at Fangirl Fury, and I will certainly never stop screaming my love for Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet! I never really thought about how much effort and time goes into making ice cream before reading this book. Amelia’s many trials and tribulations trying to recreate Home Sweet Home, the Meade Creamery classic flavor, made me consider buying ice cream making supplies!
We Were Beautiful by Heather Helper
If you haven’t guessed by now, I have a sweet tooth. One of my favorite desserts of all time? Cannolis! Cannolis not only have a special place in my heart, but also in Heather Helper’s latest release, We Were Beautiful. The book partially follows Mia’s summer as a baking assistant in an NYC diner.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
We all know by now that I can find a way to incorporate To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before into any blog post. If you’re in need of motivation to bake any kind of dessert, look no further than Lara Jean (or my TATBILB-inspired recipes).
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café & The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
If you have a sweet tooth, you seriously can’t go wrong with a Jenny Colgan book. Whether it’s a cupcake bakery in London or a chocolate shop in Paris, the settings, including the food within, are just so sweet.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
You might be able to notice that I have a thing for diners. As an East Coast girl, diners are just a way of life out here. However, I would be more than willing to get on a plane to Seattle right now just to have a slice of pie from the Moonlight Diner.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My recent reread of Anna and the French Kiss has reconfirmed my need for a pain au chocolat and basically all French pastries. Where else can a girl get a good caramel éclair?
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
Small Towns Hearts basically has every type of food I crave for in a book: chocolate cake, cookies, panini, macchiatos, and iced coffee, to name a few. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book, but it was so much fun reading about our main character Babe completely owning the barista game at the Busy Bean.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I can 100% say that I never had an interest in eating a lemon tart (or bar) until reading this book.
What books have inspired some food cravings for you? Share in the comments!