Food for thought – books with food references in their titles

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Whether it’s a direct reference or a more subtle metaphor, there is no shortage of book titles that have something to do with food.  It’s always fun to organize collections this way.  These classics, thrillers, children’s books and modern fiction all have this common food trait:


A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s memoir of his days in Paris, where he was part of the expatriate community of writers, artists and creative minds, known now as the “Lost Generation”


Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Capote’s character sketch of Holly Golightly, a nineteen-year-old runaway in New York who tries to escape her sad past


Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Exciting medical thriller that tackles the subject of obesity and the food industry’s role in this serious health problem


In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

In his guide to eating right, Pollan simplifies the dizzying task of figuring out what to eat:  Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.


One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

Entertaining children’s book that uses hungry ants to teach math and a life lesson


Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete’s mad because it’s raining and he can’t go outside, so his parents turn him into a pizza in this quietly warm children’s story.


Taste by Tracy Ewens

Sophisticated and a little bit spicy romance about young professionals in the restaurant business


The Dinner by Herman Koch

Twisted tale about a seriously messed up and unlikable family with a terrible secret


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

One of the greatest American stories of endurance ever told.  When The Grapes of Wrath was published, Steinbeck said, “I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags.”


We the Eaters by Ellen Gustafson

An argument for ways “we the eaters” can change the world by fighting against big companies like Monsanto and Cargill and buying more organic and whole foods


What do your books in common?

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16 thoughts on “Food for thought – books with food references in their titles

  1. Thanks so much for including my book! And thanks for the heads-up on these other books. They look great. I tweeted that another one is ‘Dolls Behaving Badly’ by Cinthia Ritchie. It’s an entertaining book set in Alaska, and though not specifically about food, the main character calms herself by cooking Polish recipes from her grandmother. Ritchie includes the recipes for these dishes at the end of the chapter. Love that concept! (I saw on Twitter that Ritchie tweeted she sold the movie rights to it, so I’m very excited to hear that. She’s a wonderful Twitter friend and is very supportive to the author community.)

    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for reading and of course, your book fit right into this category! I’ll have to look for Dolls Behaving Badly. Sounds like a real success story for Cinthia Ritchie!

    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for reading. I especially loved reading Pete’s a Pizza to my kids when they were little. And we always played a pizza game afterwards – lots of giggles! Have a great night!

      1. The other food-related book I just remembered (because I’ve been reading it with my girls) is Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 🙂 Yum chocolate 🙂

  2. I like these collections of yours (books with “girl” in the title and so on). It’s interesting to see how many there are. For some reason, cozy mysteries often have food in the title. Making them, um, cozy, I guess. 🙂

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