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

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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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