As any enthusiastic chef can attest to, the art of cooking is not just about good food, but also the effect of good food on the people that consume it. We have selected a list of books below that combine mouth-watering recipe books with thought-provoking novels that reflect on the effect of food on our culture, family and personal philosophy. Bon Appétit!
The All You Can Dream Buffet
Author: Barbara O'Neal
Publisher: New York: Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 
Call No.: English ONE
Summary: Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life's work after she's gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?
180 Best-Ever Chinese Recipes
Author: Jenni Fleetwood (Editor)
Publisher: London: Southwater, 2010
Call No.: English 641.5951 ONE - [COO]
Summary: Braised Duck in Soy Sauce
Learn how to make 'Braised Duck in Soy Sauce'! Here are the ingredients needed for this dish besides the duck:
- Chinese five-spice powder
- Sesame oil
- Lemon grass stalks
- Cinnamon sticks
- Star anise
- Light soy sauce
- Dark soy sauce
- Palm sugar
Although it is a long list, the steps for this dish are not difficult. Read this book to find out how to cook the dish.
Five: 150 Effortless Ways to Eat 5+ Fruit and Veg A Day
Author: Rachel de Thample
Publisher: London: Ebury Press, 2015
Call No.: English 641.5636 DET - [COO]
Summary: We all want tasty food that's good for us. Key to that is ensuring we eat our daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Most of us aren't even getting half the fruit and veg we need in a day. In Five Rachel de Thample makes delicious food effortless, offering over 150 easy, flavorsome recipes that will boost your daily intake.
The Kitchen Daughter
Author: Jael McHenry
Publisher: New York: Gallery Books, 2011
Call No.: English MAC
Summary: Ginny, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, cannot look people in the eye. She cannot tolerate the touch of others, not even the slightest accidental contact. When stressed, her coping mechanism is to cook or to immerse herself in the memories of food. After her parents pass away, Ginny discovers that the dishes she cooks can conjure up spirits. With the help of the ghosts of her family, she learns to understand herself better. A delectable book about family, identity and memory.
A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop Mystery
Author: Ellie Alexander
Publisher: New York: St Martin's Press, 2015
Call No.: English ALE - [MY]
Summary: Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?
The School of Essential Ingredients
Author: Erica Bauermeister
Publisher: New York: Berkley Books, 2010
Call No.: English BAU
Summary: The weekly cooking class at Lillian's Restaurant brings together eight individuals who are facing different problems in life. Each class touches the heart of different individuals and through cooking they discover more about themselves. A tapestry of stories woven together with food at its heart, this is a story for anyone who believes that food is more than just something that you eat.
Asian Herbs, Spices and More
Author: Devagi Sanmugam
Publisher: Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 
Call No.: English 641.595 DEV - [COO]
Summary: This practical guide features 40 ingredients found in the markets of South East Asia, each illustrated for easy reference and identification. Discover the amazing benefits of these herbs, spices and other ingredients, and learn how they can be used in the home kitchen or prepared as a natural remedy. Also included is a small collection of recipes for scrumptious snacks, drinks and main dishes.
The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love, and Manners
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Author: Sarah-Kate Lynch
Publisher: New York, NY: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014
Call No.: English LYN
Summary: In the vein of Amelie and Chocolat, Sarah-Kate Lynch's The wedding bees is a ... novel about finding new love, letting go of the past, and the magic of rooftop honey in New York City.