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Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Moments in Fiction, Volume 2

One batch was not enough: here's another baker's dozen of novels which prominently feature sweet treats! Some are guilty pleasures, some are bittersweet tales--but they all have one thing in common: each one features delicious desserts.

Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst: This novel is kind of like candy--an escapist tale of a southern belle in NYC, and does come with some recipes for sweet treats. 

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs: This novel has a distinct roman a clef feel, with an aging food tv show hostess battling low ratings and radical rating-boosting ideas; half the fun is picking out who the people in the novel are meant to represent; the rest is the fun of the story and the recipes at the end of the novel.

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler: A coming-of-age story about a bakery owner's daughter who is struggling with her parents' divorce and the trials of growing up...but with plenty of gratuitous cupcake scenes! (CakeSpy Note: read the CS interview with the author here!)

Entertaining Disasters by Nancy Spiller: A reclusive food writer battles personal demons in more ways than one as she plots the ultimate dinner party. Complete with many recipes, including a great Opera cake recipe!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond: An adorable children's book detailing the unforeseen consequences of giving a mouse a cookie. Great illustrations too!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: Honey. Honeycake. You want to read this.

She Flew the Coop by Michael Lee West: This one is described as "a novel concerning life, death, sex, and recipes in Limoges, Louisiana" -- and it includes cakes.

Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen by Dalia Jurgensen: OK, so this one is fact, but reads as if it were fiction: a behind-the-scenes look at a pastry chef's life in some of NYC's fanciest restarants, by the current pastry chef at Dressler.

Sorcery And The Single Girl by Mindy Klasky: No recipes, but this novel about a witch in training with a best friend who owns a bakery has plenty of rich descriptions of sweet desserts.

Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay: A murder mystery...with cupcakes!

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen: Magic and bonbons all rolled into one sweet package in this book.

Sweet Treats: Cupcakes for Two/Blueberry Surprise/Bittersweet Memories & Peppermint Dreams/Cream of the Crop by Various (short story collection): Doesn't the title say it all?

Table Manners by Mia King: In the followup to Good Things, character Deidre McIntosh is on the road to creating her own gourmet cookie line, but with some bumps in the batter--er, along the road. This book has a selection of recipes at the end, too, including some from CakeSpy buddies Peabody and Ivy Chan!

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Reader Comments (8)

I love this list! Oh and don't forget "If you give a mouse a pancake"

March 19 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Thanks for the Summer Reading list!

March 19 | Unregistered CommenterCameron

Great book list! My daughter is a big fan of the "give a mouse" series, thanks for posting!

March 19 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

The Secret Life of Bees is an amazing and very inspirational book. I came to adore the healing affects of not only honey but everything else around me as well! Excellent suggestion! If you give a Mouse a Cookie was one of My daughters faves! I just bought the Sugar Queen on my last trip to USA! I loved the cover and title next the read I look forward to
Thanks Jessie

March 20 | Unregistered CommenterLyns

Aw maaaan, I was kind of hoping Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe would be on there. Fannie Flagg makes murder and cannibalism seem... kind of okay? Maybe tasty?

March 20 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

have you seen If You Give a Cat a Cupcake? I believe it's by the same people who did the mouse book, and it's totally adorable =).
Also, I loved Like Water for Chocolate.

~Kurious Kitteh

March 21 | Unregistered CommenterKurious Kitteh

Thanks for this list! I'm always on the lookout for food-inspired fiction.

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