It’s time for me to be honest and tell the truth. And the truth is this: I spend a significant portion of my life thinking about food. I love eating, I love cooking, I even love just looking at and smelling delicious food. My mind often wanders to meal plans, fantasy menus, and great restaurants. But I’m sure I can’t be the only person who does this. After all, food is a basic human need.
The downside to this is of course that I have neither the stomach capacity nor the budget to eat all the food I want. And once again, I think I’m not alone in this. Very few people are lucky enough to have regular access to exotic fruits, great chefs, or a steady supply of crème brûlée, as much as we might want it.
Fortunately, as always, we have books to help. Books allow us to vicariously taste things we can’t get ourselves (though in many cases this can lead to increased cravings instead of helping, but I still think it’s worth it!) They can teach us about new foods or recipes that we can try on our own. They can showcase the culture and industries around food. And reading books featuring great food can make us – or at least me – feel slightly more productive than I do when I’m daydreaming about bacon-wrapped dates all day long.
So read some mouth-watering descriptions of meals in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Hunger Games. Learn some great new recipes from The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook (delicious for vegetarians and omnivores alike!) Get a teen’s eye view of cooking competitions in Taste Test. Join teens who find comfort in cooking in A La Carte and Bittersweet. Experience the world of restaurants, coffee shops, and other parts of the food industry in Coffeehouse Angel and Keeping the Moon. You’ll find all these windows into the food world and more with this month’s “Delicious Reads” display. Come to the library, grab a book, and chow down!