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
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