These books'll get your tummies grumbling – or inspire you to cook up a storm!
It’s no secret that the HoneyKids peeps love food. Whether it’s getting to eat our faves in the comfort of our homes (for now, at least), baking or cooking ourselves, there’s just something about getting all your cravings sorted that’s so incredibly satisfying. Want to take your love of food to the next level? Why not settle down with a deliciously good foodie-read? From autobiographies to cookbooks and nom-worthy fiction, we’ve got a list good enough to satiate the pickiest of eaters. Get ready to tuck into these must-reads…
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
By the early noughts, everyone was fawning over rebel chef extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain, a culinary bad boy with bad habits. And boy, did he love his food. Through his popular show, No Reservations, he taught us the joys of indulging in simple dishes such as Singapore’s beloved chicken rice or even braised offal. In Kitchen Confidential, we get the same sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll vibe we’ve loved (and secretly wanted to sleep with) on paper, dishing the dirt on what it’s truly like to be a chef. We miss you heaps, Tony; this book reminds us why we’ll always hold a flame for potty-mouthed guys who can cook.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare? Discovering that your “loving” husband is in love with someone else. Ah, such is the life of Rachel, a cookbook writer who is seven months pregnant. It’s a story about heartbreak but Ephron makes it lighthearted and funny. Rachel deals with the break-up with panache and food, lots of glorious food and yes, key lime pie.
Impractical Uses of Cake by Yeoh Jo-Ann
We know what you’re thinking – firstly, yum… cake and secondly, yay for SingLit! This book details the relationship that ensues after Sukhin, a 35-year-old teacher reunites with someone from his past, Jinn – who now happens to be homeless. While Sukhin’s used to living his well-planned life, Jinn relishes her carefree albeit unpredictable life on the streets. Over cake, they bond and learn about themselves and other important life lessons along the way.
If you love Japanese food, you’ll love Michael Booth’s uber-detailed book on his family’s culinary journey across Japan. With two fussy eaters under the age of six in tow, Booth and his wife travel the country where they meet bears and sumo wrestlers, massage the world’s most expensive cows and get up to more fun antics. It’s definitely a culinary adventure worth writing about.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
If you’re not much of a cook but looking to get started, this book is a great starting point. Award-winning chef Samin Nosrat breaks down the basics of cooking into four elements that make up this book’s title. Nosrat believes that if you master these, you’ll be able to make anything taste delicious. The best part? There are pictures! If we’ve converted you into a fan, you can check out the series on Netflix too!
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Natalie has been travelling around the world learning how to cook and has wanted nothing more than to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps. She eventually inherits her grandmother’s restaurant, which was once the jewel of Chinatown, San Francisco. But success doesn’t come easy – for the restaurant to shine again, Natalie must cook three of her grandmother’s enchanted recipes to help three neighbours. But once she does, her magic backfires. Will she be able to fix things and finally re-open her grandmothers restaurant? Read the book to find out!