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Stuff Your Face into a Good Book this Thanksgiving!

With Carole Barrowman
Posted at 11:31 AM, Nov 16, 2020

It's almost Thanksgiving! That means we are ready to dive into... books?

That's right! Carole Barrowman, , Author of Hollow Earth trilogy, English professor at Alverno College, Book Reviewer (and not a fan of stuffing!) gives us the tastiest books to read this year, whether it be a simmering romance, a dash of mystery or stuffed full of culinary history. See below for her picks!

1. "Food Rules: An Eaters Manual" by Michael Pollan - This is a tasty bite of a book. It’s a short illustrated set of manageable rules about how to be a more “conscious” eater and by eating more consciously we can sustain healthy eating habits. It’s also delightfully illustrated and would be a great gift for the foodie in your life.

2. "The Rise" by Marcus Samuelson - If you’re a regular viewer of Chopped or PBS’s No Passport Required, you know Chef Samuelson. This is so much more than just a book about Black food. It’s also a celebratory book that explores the “diverse deliciousness” of “soul food.” Samuelson explores over 100 recipes from all over the world and connects them to important foodie figures and chefs in Black culture.

3. "Quentins" by Maeve Binchy - This is an everything novel. It’s a love story, a mystery, and a relationship drama. Set in a Dublin restaurant, this wonderful novel tells the history of a famous restaurant, its people, and its food.

4. "Delicious" by Ruth Reichl - The author is a food reviewer and has written a memoir about her life as a foodie that was very popular (Garlic and Sapphires). This is her first novel and it’s scrumptious. The main character takes a job at a famous food magazine called Delicious (Reichl was an editor for Gourmet magazine). Along with lots of food and cooking in the story, there’s a discovery of secret letters and a simmering romance.

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