Saturday, November 12, 2011

Five Faves (9)

In case you didn't see my Five Faves a couple of weeks ago , I wanted to change Friday's Five to Five Faves so if people would like to participate, they can do so any day of the week and not be restricted to posting on Friday. I will still be posting my Five Faves every Friday if you want to link up!

In the spirit of upcoming Thanksgiving, I thought I would share food-centric fiction for the next two weeks. I would love to hear about some of your foodie faves, feel free to share below!

So, now time to share five of my favorite food related fiction books of all time!

1. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

If you haven't read The Jungle yet, put down that hamburger and get to reading! The Jungle is a book that truly changed the world. Just not in the way its author intended. Sinclair originally intended for The Jungle to impact society as an expose of the harsh conditions of the working man.

What he didn't foresee was the public's reaction to the conditions, not of the workers, but of the beef they were eating every day and how it was prepared in ridiculously unsanitary conditions.

Due to public outcry, regulations and oversight committees were soon established and The Jungle is credited by some as the impetus to the founding of the FDA. It also happens to be a pretty darn good read (just know, you might want to go vegetarian for a few days afterward.)

2. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Any Amy Tan book is always a great read. Tan knows how to explore relationships with humor and sometimes poignant sadness. As with many Tan novels, The Kitchen God's Wife explores the relationship between mothers and daughters.

Winnie fears she is dying and decides there no time like the present to share the stories of her life. Many tales are humorous and just as many are tear-jerking stories of hardship and sacrifice. A beautiful novel that will make you want to drop everything and call your mom.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

When I was a kid I was fascinated by Dahl's tale of a poor kid (Charlie) who, against all odds, finds a Golden Ticket to tour Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and win free chocolate for himself and his impoverished family.

I loved every minute of it from the beginning! The grandparents all sleeping in the same bed head to foot. The love of his family despite their hardships. His quest for the ticket. The fantastical factory and its eccentric owner. Even the bratty kids he has to tour the factory with (they get theirs in the end!) and of course the Oompa-Loompas!

Dahl had such a unique voice that resonates with kids of all ages and adults as well. He wasn't afraid to write children's stories with an edge of darkness...and kids love them! (Okay and adults too...where's my little cousin, Alec? Time to start introducing him to some Dahl.)

4. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

In her autobiography, Gilbert finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Outwardly, she has it all: the great husband, the perfect house, a glamorous job. But inside, she's losing herself.

Gilbert then embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes her across the world: eating in Italy, praying in India and ultimately finding love in Bali.

I imagine the praying and true love legs of the journey would be good for my soul, but really I just want to hop on a plane for Italy today and eat some pasta, drink wine with good friends and flirt with cute Italian boys.

5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Wow, I love this book so much! Fried Green Tomatoes is a tale of two friendships: Mrs. Threadgoode and Evelyn (who meet at the retirement home Mrs. Threadgoode is living in -set in present time) and Idgie and Ruth (who we come to know through Mrs. Threadgoode's tales of the past).

The novel is full of humor and tears. It contains stories of love, mystery, sacrifice, and murder. (It also has some great recipies!) Flagg is a brilliant weaver of people and places. You feel like you intimately know the Whistle Stop Cafe and all of its eccentric inhabitants. Evelyn is changes through her friendship with Mrs. Threadgoode and by hearing the story of Idgie and Ruth and you will be too.

Well, that's it for this week, folks! Tune in next week for some more foodie faves! Don't forget: If you'd like to participate in Five Faves, feel free to add a link to your post below. Don't forget to link back to your BFF here at Steph's Stacks!

If you don't have time for a full post, please add some your faves in the comments section below.

1 comment:

  1. Been meaning to read an Amy Tan book & still need to read Eat, Pray, Love! :D



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