Back in 2016 I jumped into a reading challenge hosted by Heather at Based On A True Story. I had so much fun, I've been signing on every year. If you're local to me (Monterey Peninsula, California), be sure to check out the newly-opened The Friends of the Marina Library bookstore.
Food. Books. What's not to love?
I hope you'll enjoy following along. I will post the titles I've read, on this page, as well as linking to the monthly lists at Based On A True Story. You should gain some great titles to add to your own shelf - or use as gifts for your favorite foodie bookworm. Heather has five Foodie Read Challenge Levels...
- Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
- Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books
- Sous-Chef: 9 to 13 books
- Chef de Cuisine: 14 to 18
- Cordon Bleu Chef: More than 19
She also says that you can opt for an a la carte option and just read a book about food anytime you can fit it in. But I like the accountability and a year-long goal. Any genre of book qualifies for the challenge if food is a major part of the plot; it can even be a cookbook! This makes it easy for me to embrace the challenge level of Cordon Bleu Chef. In all the years I've participated, I have logged over 30 books; in 2019 it was nearly 50! I'm going to try for, at least, 40 again in 2021.
This year's links are below. You'll see my 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 links at this tab. I hope you'll be inspired to join the fun.
Click on the title to go to my blogpost about the book.
Click to see what everyone else read in January 2021: here.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
Click to see what everyone else read in February 2021: here.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
All Girls by Emily Layden
Serving Crazy with Curry: A Novel by Amulya Malladi
TheItalian Villa by Daniela Sacerdoti
Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
AfterAlice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
WhereI Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aarón Sánchez
Click to see what everyone else read in March 2021: here.
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See
A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder by Fiona Grace
Beachfront Bakery by Fiona Grace
The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi
Click to see what everyone else read in April 2021: here.
Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor
Every Day Is a Holiday by George Mahood
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Click to see what everyone else read in May 2021: here.
The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
Drive-Thru USA: A Tale of Two Road Trips by Rich Bradwell
Sobremesa: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses by Josephine Caminos Oría
Click to see what everyone else read in June 2021: here.
Under Almond Blossoms by Anja Saskia Beyer