Cooking has always been a way of nourishing not only the body but the soul. The characters in these sumptuous stories experience just that.
Olivia Rawlingsâ€”pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner clubâ€”escapes her burning career and flees to her best friend in a small town. There she discovers the true meaning of home, and that sometimes the best things are found when you donâ€™t even know youâ€™re looking.
Listen to an excerpt The City Bakerâ€™s Guide to Country Living
Billie Breslin has travelled far from her California home to take a job atÂ Delicious, the iconic food magazine in New York. After the magazine folds, she stays to work for the public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.
Listen to an excerpt Delicious
Kitchens of the Great MidwestÂ is a novelÂ about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the eminent chef behind the countryâ€™s most coveted dinner reservation. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory,Â thisÂ is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of lifeâ€”its missed opportunities and joyful surprises.
Listen to an excerpt Kitchens of the Great Midwest
This tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins when Tita is born in the kitchen, among the makings for soup. As she grows, Tita becomes a master chef and falls in love; as the youngest daughter, however, she is destined to live at home and never marry.
Listen to an excerpt Like Water for Chocolate
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her motherâ€™s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her motherâ€™s emotions in the cake. And her happy motherâ€™s cake tastes of despair. Suddenly this magical gift seems like a curse.
Listen to an excerpt The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Vianne Rocher, beloved chocolatier from the bestselling novel Chocolat, returns to Lansquenet, the beautiful French village where she opened her shop. But returning to oneâ€™s past can be tricky: the town has changed in unexpected ways. Can Vianne work her magic once again?
Listen to an excerpt Peaches for Father Francis
Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. The students have come to learn the art behind her soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen.
Listen to an excerpt The School of Essential Ingredients