Here are some books I've read recently. Writing reviews would be challenging, and I just don't feel like it! The fiction has some really great food descriptions, so I've put in one quote for each novel to give you the flavor.
"Ruth is reminded of a public school (which is surprising as she went to a plate-glass comprehensive). She can almost smell the school lunch—cabbage and overcooked lamb." (Elly Griffiths. The House at Sea's End p. 31).
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner is a book about grief.
I found it both wonderful (especially about food) and unbearably sad.
"Inside the dining room were heavy stone-top tables, each equipped with a hardwood charcoal grill. Nami slipped the waitress twenty thousand won, and our table quickly filled with the most exquisite banchan. Sweet pumpkin salad, gelatinous mung-bean jelly topped with sesame seeds and scallions, steamed egg custard, delicate bowls of nabak kimchi, wilted cabbage and radish in salty, rose-colored water. We finished the meal with naengmyeon, cold noodles you could order bibim, mixed with gochujang, or mul, served in a cold beef broth. I chose the latter." (Michelle Zauner. Crying in H Mart, p. 203.)
|Another sad book: A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling.|
"But more than that, you were a tall, imposing figure, with a physique derived from beef, eggs, butter, and cheese, where our stomachs only knew porridge, radishes, and salted fish all year-round. A wall separated you from the Chinese students, a wall called English." (Zhang Ling. A Single Swallow, p. 230.)