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Notable: 'The Cookbook Collector'; The Hundred-Foot Journey'; 'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake'

Notable

Foodie fiction

Three tasty new novels draw inspiration from the arts of the appetite.

The Cookbook Collector (Dial Press) by Allegra Goodman focuses on two very different sisters, a Silicon Valley CEO and a philosophy grad student, who find an unusual bond in a mysterious private library of cookbooks.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Scribner) by Richard C. Morais is the charming story of Hassan Haji, an Indian boy whose culinary adventures take him from his birthplace of Mumbai to a French village, and on to his own restaurant in Paris.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Doubleday) by Aimee Bender is the insightful tale of a young girl who bites into a cake her mother baked and discovers she can taste the cook's emotions — a sometimes magical but more often troubling talent that changes her life.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: 'The Cookbook Collector'; The Hundred-Foot Journey'; 'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake' 07/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 6:31pm]
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