#TopTenTuesday: Books that Make Me Hungry!

So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)

Ooh, this is an interesting prompt and it’s one that I don’t think I’ve ever done for any of my weekly memes, so yay for something new! I’m a big foodie and can wax poetic about my favourite foods but I don’t think I’ve ever searched out a book because of food. Though I’ll admit that when there’s food on covers (especially if they’re bold/colourful illustrations/images) I’m much more likely to pause and read the blurb 😂

The books I chose aren’t 100% about food but they all made me hungry at some point, whether it’s craving something specific that a character eats or makes in the story, or other random dishes from the same cuisine. Just writing this out now and thinking about the scenes in the books I chose is actually making me quite hungry (and I’m now really looking forward to my next snack/meal) 😂

that secret crush – our hero is a chef who’s opening his own restaurant. he cooks for the girl he wants to woo. i was swooning and hungry while reading this book.

soudrough – yes, this book is about sourdough but it does go beyond that. the cravings for sourdough and delicious soup was so strong i think i ate this combo for a few days after i finished reading! so good.

wicked as you wish – the big scene with the filipino feast did me in. of the countries we’ve lived, we stayed in the philippines the longest (9 years) and for me, comfort food is synonymous to filipino food. the food scenes in this book are guaranteed to make you just as hungry as i am now!

pumpkinheads – this whole book was a big adventure through a pumpkin patch and it was chock full of delicious fall foods that had me literally drooling. i also blame the amazing artwork by faith for making the food look even MORE delicious. i swear i could taste and smell everything!

summer at swallowtail bay – there’s a lovely summer food fest in this book and reading about the various (food and drink) vendors really had me craving some of my favourite comfort foods from when i lived in the UK. Like pork pies, scotch eggs, bacon butties, pork baps with apple sauce… 😭

the ingredients of us – this was a bittersweet story that really tore at my heart. but the baking/food was a definite bright point of the story and well, it kind of made me want to eat my feelings 😂 i loved that recipes were included in this one!

the astonishing color of after – the descriptions of the food in taiwan were so drool worthy and made me incredibly hungry. i’m pretty sure that i ordered my favourite taiwanese street food snacks (thank goodness it’s a popular thing here) immediately after i finished bawling at the end of this book.

the particular sadness of lemon cake – yes this starts with cake and there are plenty of food mentions in the story but the lemon cake at the start got me. i love lemon everything!

the little wedding shop by the sea – this one had me craving the rich decadence of wedding cakes. the really fluffy, buttercream covered wedding cake goodness that i love.

harry potter – i know, i know… but i can’t not mention this book because the feasts! the feasts were mind-blowing. i still remember how awed and a lottle envious (and hungry) i felt about all the delicious foods that would pop up during the school feasts. just… UGH. i still want it! 😂

Do you ever get hungry while reading a book where food plays a big role (or even when it doesn’t)? What are some of the books that made you hungriest? Did you feel the same about any of these?

55 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: Books that Make Me Hungry!

  1. I was so tempted to include Harry Potter in my own list cause the feast descriptions are always incredible, but I feel like I include it in all of my lists! 🙈 I also really need to read Pumpkinheads, it sounds perfect for fall!

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    1. Haha fair enough. The feast descriptions are just so delicious *drool* Also, YES! Please read Pumpkinheads. It’s such a cute sweet story full of so much delicious food (and adventure of course) 😍

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    1. YES. Omg, every time I read all of the books I find myself getting hungry because they mention so many delicious dishes… And the fudge shop 🤤🤤🤤 So good! It’s such a fun series as well 😍

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  2. Sitting in on a Harry Potter feast would definitely be epic! I can’t remember which book it was, but I once read a book where the couple was obsessed with mint chocolate chip ice cream, and I don’t think I had ever wanted some mint choc chip so bad! LOL!

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    1. I wouldn’t even hold back with how much I’d eat during those feasts 😂 Omg… I love mint chocolate chip and now I’m thinking about it and want some too LOL! I love and hate it when a book leaves me craving something that I can’t immediately get my hands on! Haha

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  3. I’m not a huge foodie, but I’ve read some of these books, and yeah, I can see how they’d make you hungry. So much yes to the Astonishing Color of After! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it haha. I still need to read some of these. I still need to read Pumpkinheads, and it sounds like that would be a great fall read! Perfect for this time of year.

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    1. Pumpkinheads is soooo cute. No backstabby morally gray characters but still sooo cute and definitely the perfect fall read. Maybe good as a ‘palette cleanser’ if you’re shifting genres in the fall (you know, from the darker murder-y, ghosty reads to… ones less so)! 😂

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      1. Ha! We barely have four seasons here in Texas. Every year our winter gets shorter and warmer. Which means we have a long fall, though! 😃

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