This week’s TTT, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is ‘books that have made me want to do or learn about something.’ My spin on this is to make a list of all the books in which people talk about food and this, consequently, makes me hungry. This is why reading without snacks available is such a bad idea.
Thin Blue Smoke by Doug Worgul
I read this a long time ago, long before blogging, but my abiding memory of it is that barbecue food is central to the plot (about a reformed felon who opens Kansas City’s best barbecue joint) and it made me really need ribs.
The Year of the Runaways by Sanjeev Sahota
Although the characters in this book can’t actually afford much food once they’re in England, every time they made roti it forced me to visit my snack cupboard.
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Just thinking about this book makes me want to eat Oreos. I actually may have to go and get one now.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (and sequels)
Celaena Sardothian is many things: ruthless assassin, closet bookworm, clothes fanatic, to name but a few. But she is also always hungry and, reading these books, so am I.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
This book was extremely weird and the second part put me off food altogether, but the first part, in which the annoying narrator’s wife becomes vegetarian, had the contrary effect of making me want to have a barbecue.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Everything about this book is luscious, but the frequent references to Alaskan eating habits and fish camp had me craving salmon.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Although this book is technically about relationships between humans, a key relationship here is that between Ansari and food. There is one section in which he says ‘ramen’ so many times I nearly had to go on an emergency mission to Wagamama.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
Is it me, or is Blue literally always eating yogurt? As yogurt is one of my favourite things anyway, this made reading The Raven Cycle very challenging for me.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Even the title of this (very strange) book makes me want cake; it’s about a young girl who develops an ability to taste the feelings of whoever made the food she’s eating. Also, lemon cake is extremely delicious so what is there to be sad about?
Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman
I didn’t completely love this book about a family of Russian immigrants living in New Jersery, but the main character once harboured dreams of becoming a chef, so there are many, many descriptions of food. Luckily, this was an eARC, read on my Kindle so there was no way I could try to eat the book.
Are there any books that make you hungry? Or am I just extremely weird? Please feel free to share your thoughts and TTTs below.