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Take 5: Mouth Watering Reads (Foodie Fiction for Teens)

Foodie Fiction are those yummy reads that somehow manage to incorporate food into the story.  Your main character can work at a restaurant.  They can bake.  They can participate in a cookie exchange.  (I did that once and I am really sorry to everyone that had to eat my cookies).  Or, as in the case of Taste Test by Kelly Fiore, they can be on a reality cooking show.  Sometimes, they even include recipes, like in Pie by Sarah Weeks (which is a really great foodie title for MG readers about, well, pie!).  Below are some mouth watering titles.

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer 

“You don’t know which way a thing will come at you, but you need to welcome it with your whole heart which ever way it arrives.” 

I am a huge Joan Bauer fan and this is one of my favorite foodie titles.  Hope has bounced from town to town, and finds herself in a rural town in Wisconsin.  Like most small towns, this one is full of a charming cast of characters, corrupt politicians, and the boys that make you want to swoon. All the while Hope keeps serving up some great grub and challenging the status quo.

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

“It was funny, though, the things you didn’t learn about people until after they died.”

Quince works at a restaurant, though it is by no means your average restaurant.  It is, in fact, a vampire-themed restaurant. But what happens if some of the staff aren’t playing at being a vampire?  Written before vampires were cool and then overdone, this sexy paranormal is sure to tantalize.  Pun totally intended.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.”

But when D. J. does start finally talking, there’s a lot of stuff that gets said in this quirky, funny, touching novel.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

“It takes forty muscles to frown, and only twelve to jam a cupcake in your mouth and get over it.” 

Dream shattered Hudson is working in the diner when a rare second chance at her dreams comes about.  But in order to follow your dreams, you have to be willing to take chances, something the previously burned Hudson isn’t very good at.

She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva

“I think he might’ve said “I love you” as I walked out of the classroom, but the hallway was noisy, so I couldn’t be sure.” 

Maya has got to find a way to save her family’s restaurant. Which puts the scheming Camden on the menu.  The two of them cook up a plan: they will do homework for a fee.  Will their plan sizzle or burn?

See my previous list of Foodie Fiction titles dealing specifically with desserts: Sweet Reads

Please share your favorite foodie titles with us in the comments.

More Foodie Fiction:
Teen Read Fun Foodie Fiction
Eat This! Foodie Fiction for Teens 
Read It and Eat!
Foodie Fiction

Foodie Fiction (has a couple of graphic novels on the list)


  1. I'd add The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

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