Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl is the BHPL selection for the July first meeting of the Friday Morning Book Group. Reichl writes about growing up in NYC and how she learned to cook, partly in self-defense, because her mother's cuisine could be lethal. If you liked Reichl's memoir, BHPL has other titles of interest in that vein.
Non-fiction that intersperses recipes with autobiography or travel writing is quite popular. Feeding a Yen, savoring local specialties from Kansas City to Cuzco by humorist Calvin Trillin is one of several he wrote about his favorite cuisines.
Hallelujah! the welcome table, a lifetime of memories with recipes by Maya Angelou has stories introducing each recipe.
In the mystery section, try the following authors whose detectives are in the food business.
Diane Mott Davidson, Phyllis Richman, or Virginia Rich. In the fiction section, try Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival, Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris or Friendship Cake by Lynne Hinton.
The book display for July will feature food memoirs and mysteries.