Good Enough to Eat--Recipes Included!

I'll be honest here: two of my favorite activities are reading and eating. What a treat then to find delicious recipes sprinkled throughout a delightful literary romp. Most of the books in this list are fun, quick reads; the calories included may be fun to consume but won't be so quick to burn off!

The Body in the Big Apple

By Katherine Hall Page

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Thriving on the success of her new catering company, Faith runs into former classmate Emma Stanstead while catering an exclusive party on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Emma is terrified, and soon Faith is caught up in a desperate race to discover who's threatening to reveal the dark secret of Emma's past -- one that would quickly put an end to her husband's fast-rising political career -- before it's too late. But it isn't long before Faith realizes that Emma's life is in more danger than her reputation.

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Strawberry Shortcake Murder: A Hannah Swenson Mystery

By Joanne Fluke

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When a flour company chooses Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the site for its annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as head judge. When a fellow judge is found dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, the stakes are rising faster than dough. Hannah will have to be careful because someone is cooking up a recipe for murder.
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Steamed

By Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant

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Twenty-something GourmetGirl Chloe Carter becomes entangled in a murder investigation when her dinner date is stabbed (before dessert!) and the chief suspect, a chef, is her newest romantic focus.
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Recipes from the Dump

By Abigail Stone

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A single mother living next to a garbage dump in Vermont copes with the stresses of dating, working, and mothering with her own unique recipes, such as Sweet Vacation Pie and Consumer Cry Croissants.

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Recipes for Easy Living

By Curtiss Ann Matlock

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One part laughter. Two parts love. Mix together and enjoy! Christmas in Valentine, Oklahoma, is presented through the eyes of 13-year-old Corrine, whose birth mother is back in town and determined to rebuild her relationship with the daughter she abandoned.

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La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture

By Lily Prior

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This delicious debut novel is set in Sicily, and centers around Rosa Fiore, a middle-aged librarian who has resigned herself to a loveless life. She expresses her passion through cooking, which leads to an unexpected love affair.
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Gruel and Unusual Punishment: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes

By Tamar Myers

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An imprisoned con man gives up the ghost after sampling one of Magdalena Yoder's most famous dishes--and lands her in the middle of a grueling mystery.

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Friendship Cake

By J. Lynne Hinton

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This spirited debut novel forms the recipe for the celebration of women, faith, friendship, and delicious Southern food. "Friendship Cake" involves five women of the Hope Springs Community Church in North Carolina as they knead their sorrows and joys into loaves of bread nd their hopes and dreams into pecan pies.

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Five Quarters of the Orange

By Joanne Harris

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From the bestselling author of Chocolat comes a sensual literary concoction of tragedy, secrets, and the relationship between a daughter and her mother. Returning to the small Loire village of her childhood to run a cafe, Framboise Dartigen soon finds that hidden among her mother's recipes are clues that will lead her to the truth of long ago.

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Fat Chance: A Love Story of Food and Fantasy

By Deborah Blumenthal

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Maggie O'Leary has discovered her secret to success, and it is hidden between oysters and savory cheesecake. As America's Anti-Diet Sweetheart, Maggie has captured the attention of the American population. That is until the phone rings and Mike Taylor, Hollywood's sexiest actor, wants her to come to Hollywood to help him prepare for his upcoming role as a diet doctor.

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