Books for Lovers 4

Love is in the air…and what goes better with love than food and wine? If you’re in the mood for romance and culinary adventure, check out these books from Medina County District Library.

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. After learning something about her fiancé that makes her question going through with the marriage, Los Angeles lawyer Georgia Ford heads to her family’s vineyard in Northern California to regroup. Instead of the idyllic place she grew up, though, Georgia finds her family rocked by uncertainty: her parents’ marriage is floundering, her brothers are fighting, and her father has decided to sell the vineyard. Laura gradually learns that the causes of her family’s turmoil are deeply rooted in the past. This is a charming, fast-moving story of a woman and a family on the edge of major change.

Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Set in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, Benjamin uses the real-life relationship of writer Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley to inspire a story of gossip, wealth, secrets, and vulnerability. Capote charmed his way into the hearts of many New York elite, eliciting their deepest secrets and fears. But when he published them, those hearts were broken. Juicy historical fiction from the author of The Aviator’s Wife.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan. Stand-up comic and father of five, Jim Gaffigan loves to eat almost as much as he loves his family. In his inimitable style, he takes us on a journey through the world of his favorite foods, which all happen to be bad for us. His feeble willpower is no contest for the likes of bacon, barbeque, pizza, and milkshakes. A simple ode to the love of eating becomes a hilarious read in Gaffigan’s capable hands.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. An inventive debut novel that explores how an infant girl eating pureed pork shoulder grew up to become a revered chef. Raised in the Midwest by relatives after her mother (a sommelier) abandoned her and her father (a chef) died suddenly, Eva Thorvald adored flavor from a very young age. Her exquisite palate earned her respect in the restaurant industry, and later, her private dinner parties earned her fame. Each chapter is narrated by a different person in Eva’s life, giving the reader a unique view of the person Eva grew up to be.

A Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard. Bard, a journalist, and her French husband Gwendal make the impulsive decision when she is six months pregnant to buy a house in Provence. Welcomed by the neighbors with a basket of fresh vegetables, the couple soon realizes that food is the anchor of life in Provence. A simply delicious memoir of family, friends, and flavor.