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