The Cookbook Collector
By Allegra Goodman
DB 72807, Available as BARD Download
Two very different sisters--philosophy graduate student Jess and dot-com CEO Emily--pursue separate goals at the turn of the twenty-first century. Jess's part-time job in a bookstore leads to its acquisition of a valuable, mysterious cookbook collection, while 9/11, the high-tech bubble, and news about their late mother rock Emily. 2010.
The Cookbook Collector
By Ruth Reichl
DB 78955, LT 17493, Available as BARD Download
While working for a food magazine, Billie Breslin is on assignment to a family-run Italian cheese shop when she discovers a cache of letters written to celebrated cookbook author James Beard. As Billie uncovers the history behind the correspondence, she confronts her own personal issues. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
By Jeanne Ray
DB 56758, BR 14979, Available as BARD Download
Beleaguered housewife Ruth Hopson is suddenly saddled with an unemployed husband, estranged parents who both need temporary refuge, and a sullen teenage daughter. Her solution is to bake. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2003.
By Sarah Addison Allen
DB 65395, Available as BARD Download
North Carolina caterer Claire Waverly uses the family's magical garden to enhance her cooking. Her sister Sydney never wanted the horticultural legacy and left home just like their mother did years ago. Now Sydney has returned with her young daughter after escaping an abusive husband. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.
How to Bake a Perfect Life
By Barbara O'Neal
DB 76646, Available as BARD Download
Bakery owner Ramona Gallagher of Colorado Springs is struggling financially. When her daughter Sofia's husband is wounded in Afghanistan and Sofia leaves for Germany to tend to him, Ramona takes in her thirteen-year-old step-granddaughter and falls in love with a long-lost friend. Includes recipes. Rita Award. 2011.
The Hundred-foot Journey: A Novel
By Richard C. Morais
DB 84747, BR 21533, DVD 1234, Available as BARD Download
Family tragedy followed by fortune forces the Haji family from Mumbai. They travel to London, and then to a small town in France. Their neighbor, Madame Mallory, first wages war and then mentors son Hassan in the ways of cuisine. Basis for 2014 movie starring Helen Mirren. Some violence. 2008.
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café
By Mary Simses
DB 77112, Available as BARD Download
Manhattan attorney Ellen Branford, who is about to marry, honors her grandmother's last wish by hand-delivering a letter to her grandmother's ex- boyfriend Chet Cummings in Beacon, Maine. Ellen discovers eccentric locals and Chet's charming nephew Roy, while uncovering the past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
By Julie Powell
DB 69563, DVD 298, Available as BARD Download
New York, 2002. The author recounts learning to cook by preparing every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Describes the ways her culinary undertaking--and the blog she wrote about it--transformed her life from miserable to fulfilled in 365 days. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
By Ryan J. Stradal
DB 82282, BR 21172, LT 19339, Available as BARD Download
Chef Eva Thorvald came by her love of food as the daughter of a chef and a sommelier. Her mother left and her father died, but cooking sustained her through an awkward childhood. She went on to become one of the hottest chefs in America. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.