Book Talk

If you’re hungry, DON’T read these 5 books! But if you ARE, read these 5…

With the arrival of the winter months thoughts often turn to food – comfort food to be exact.

We have a selection of fiction books that won’t help your food oriented thoughts ONE bit – they are all simply mouth-wateringly delicious.

For further inspiration we also provide a selection of comfort food cook books to inspire and set you off in the right direction.

Our fiction titles:



To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames

As the title suggests this story is centered around a cheese shop where the owner Charlotte has created a sinfully delicious brie blueberry icecream for her cousin’s forthcoming wedding.  A mystery ensues when a stranger ends up dead in her new icecream creation.





A Taste for It by Monica McInerney

This is a laugh out loud novel for foodies.  When Maura, a talented chef is travelling Ireland for a month promoting Australian food and wine she is given plenty of food for thought when she meets Dominic Hanrahan.  Lots of delectable Aussie food and wine references.






Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia is catering for a high class jewellery show when a group of masked thugs crash the party and escape with precious jewels.  Theodosia is drawn into solving the mystery when a dear friend begs for help.  This mysterious food oriented read has recipes and tea time tips such as Drayton’s Devonshire Cream and Charleston Chocolate Brownie Tortes.







The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino

Buonissimo – this delightful read will take you to the heart of the Italian mountains where Luca Amore runs a cooking school.  Luca takes his clients on foodie adventures exploring the regional produce and wines.  Meeting the latest group, four women will prove to be a turning point in Luca’s life.





Peaches for Father Frances by Joanne Harris

Delicieux – set in the beautiful French village of Lansquenet.  Vianne Rocher returns to the village (following on from the book Chocolat) where she will work her magic once again.  The sweet smell of summer peaches permeates this book just as chocolate did in Chocolat!

Our non-fiction titles:




To provide some inspiration after devouring these enticing fictional reads, we recommend: Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver; Slow and Easy by Natalie Haughton; Australian Women’s Weekly What Can I Cook Tonight and Quick Family Meals; Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay.





Check out Jamie’s Amazing Apple Pie on page 352 of Comfort Food :