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 2022. My posts fizzled in the end of 2021 though I was reading...stay tuned for those books.
This year's links are below. You'll see my 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 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 2022: here.
Mothertrucker: Finding Joy on the Loneliest Road in America by Amy Butcher
Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguen, and Michelle Bernstein
The Taste of Ginger: A Novel by Mansi Shah
Midnight Chicken by Ella Risbridger
Click to see what everyone else read in February 2022: here.
Click to see what everyone else read in March 2022: here.
Click to see what everyone else read in April 2022: here.
Champagne Widows: First Woman of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot by Rebecca Rosenberg
Click to see what everyone else read in May 2022: here.
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Click to see what everyone else read in June 2022: here.
A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
Click to see what everyone else read in July 2022: here.
Click to see what everyone else read in August 2022: here.
A Murder on Maui series by Robert W. Stephens
Hawaii Adventure series by J. E. Trent
The Car Share by Zoe Brisby
Click to see what everyone else read in September 2022: here.
The Wizard's Butler by Nathan Lowell
Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
The Italian Escape by Catherine Mangan
The Hike by Susi Holliday
The Villa in Sicily by Elise Darcy
Click to see what everyone else read in October 2022: here.
Europe by Milk Run by Rory Moulton
Click to see what everyone else read in November 2022: here.
Excuse Me While I Disappear: Tales of Midlife Mayhem by Laurie Notaro
The Last Restaurant in Paris by Lily Graham
Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me by Ralph Macchio
The Last Rose of Shanghai: A Novel by Weina Dai Randel
The Words We Whisper by Mary Ellen Taylor
Naked (in Italy): A Memoir About the Pitfalls of La Dolce Vita by M.E. Evans
First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story by Huda Al-Marashi