Season’s Eatings! – Cookbooks, culinary memoirs, and food fiction to celebrate the joys of gathering this season.

Kalamata’s Kitchen – Sarah Thomas
Kalamata is a young aspiring chef with a magical kitchen and a trusty sidekick- an alligator named Al Dente. When she starts school and feels anxious about new beginnings, she and Al Dente escape her fears and find bravery in her memories with food and family.

Measuring Up – Lily LaMotte
Measuring Up is a middle-grade graphic novel about Cici, a 12 year old who just moved from her home in Taiwan and is starting anew in Seattle. Desperately missing her grandmother, Cici enters a cooking competition, focusing on traditional Taiwanese cooking, to win the grand prize and bring her A-má to Seattle!
A Place at the Table – Saadia Faruqi
Sara and Elizabeth are classmates in both their school and a new cooking class taught by Sara’s mom. When they are paired up to make a new dish, they learn about one another’s families and experiences which brings essential and unusual understanding. 

Forest Feast for Kids – Erin Gleeson
This cookbook is a kid-friendly version of the Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook with recipes designed for aspiring young chefs!

Fry Bread – Kevin Noble Maillard
This story beautifully celebrates fry bread, which has fed a culture for centuries, brought families together, and is meaningful as a tradition to link generations of indigenous peoples.

What’s on Your Plate? – Whitney Stewart
What’s on Your Plate explores cultures from all over the world by celebrating their cuisines. Fun facts and easy recipes are included for young readers to enjoy!

Right This Very Minute – Lisl Detlefson
Right This Very Minute is a beautifully illustrated picture book that explores all the people and places that come together to bring food to your plate.

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao – Kat Zhang
Amy Wu is so inspired by her family’s ability to make perfectly round, perfectly filled, and perfectly soft and fluffy bao. When she is frustrated with her soggy, too small, or too big, or holey bao, she finds a perfectly Amy Wu solution.

The Blue Table – Chris Raschka
The Blue Table is a fun picture book by celebrated author Chris Raschka about a day in the life of a family told in images of their kitchen table. 

The Ugly Vegetables – Grace Lin
The Ugly Vegetables is a story about a young gardener who longs to grow the beautiful flowers of her neighbors yards rather than the “ugly vegetables” of her own- until she discovers what a delicious meal they make when all her hard work comes into fruition.
Hungry Hearts – Elsie Chapman
This anthology brings together diverse short stories about food from celebrated YA authors that range from contemporary, romantic, fantasy, and horror for fans of all genres. 

Bloom – Kevin Panetta 
Despite his parents’ best efforts (and guilt trips), high school graduate Ari has no interest in putting his world-touring band adventures on hold and running their seaside restaurant. That is, until they hire a handsome new baker who shows him a new appreciation for his hometown.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet – Laekan Zea Kemp
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet is a contemporary romance told in two perspectives- through Penelope (Pen), a determined aspiring baker and Xander, a new employee at Pen’s parent’s restaurant who is sensitive and inquisitive- as they navigate love, identity, and community through food.
A Pho Love Story – Loan Le
This Romeo and Juliet-style romance is told through Linh and Bao, teens from families of competing Vietnamese restaurants who connect and unravel their family histories.

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
Aspiring chef Emoni is in an elite culinary track at her high school that promises new adventures and opportunities, if she can manage them and being a teen parent, relationships with her family, and her new love interest!

The Music of What Happens – Bill Konigsberg
The Music of What Happens is a love story featuring polar opposites Max and Jordan and how they come together over a vintage food truck and Arizona desert temperatures.

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell
This adorable graphic novel is set in the middle of October when seasonal teen employees come together to help run a pumpkin farm with hayrides, a corn maze, and lots of delicious fall eats! 

Check Please! – Ngozi Ukazu
Check Please! is a fun graphic novel about Bitty, a college freshman who is recruited on a hockey team because of his exceptional skills on the ice- as a figure skater. He also has a penchant for baking pies which quickly wins this adorable character some well-deserved popularity.

The How-To Cookbook for Teens – Julee Morrison
This cookbook starts with the basics- knife skills, how to cook an egg, and progresses into more difficult meals for teens who are preparing for college, or just learning to cook for themselves.

Love and Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch 
After losing her mom, Lina travels to Tuscany to get to know her dad, which begins a journey of retracing her mom’s footsteps in time (and food).
Crying in H Mart – Michelle Zauner
This memoir of the artist better known as Japanese Breakfast encompasses the grief of losing her mother, feeling disconnected from her heritage, and finding her own identity through traditional Korean food and family. 

Arsenic and Adobo – Mia P. Manansala
Arsenic and Adobo tells the story of Lila Macapagal, a recently uncoupled chef tasked with saving her family’s restaurant when she encounters a new problem- solving the murder of her ex before she is framed for it!

The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune
This rather unconventional story of magic, love, and family is set at an orphanage set to care for magical children- run by Arthur Parnassus, a magical person in his own right, who seeks to give these children the love and acceptance he never had as a kid.
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters’ futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers’ advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they’ve unknowingly inherited of their mothers’ pasts. *Publisher-provided description

Relish – Lucy Knisley
Relish is one of celebrated graphic novelist Lucy Knisley’s first memoirs, this one focusing on her love of food- lessons throughout her life are highlighted by her favorite foods, many of which are illustrated recipes for readers to enjoy!

The Forest Feast Gatherings – Erin Gleeson
This cookbook is designed for vegetarian plant-based eaters to celebrate with family and friends over delicious and easy-to-prepare food. Meals are beautifully captured by Gleeson, whose many accomplishments include being a professional food photographer.

Eat, Laugh, Talk – Lynn Barendsen
Eat, Laugh, Talk is a cookbook for families. Delicious recipes, stories from real families, and tips for managing busy schedules combine for a goal of enjoyable dinners that foster family time everyone will look forward to.

Eat a Peach – David Chang
David Chang opened his restaurant, Momofuku in NYC in 2004 and has been a rising star since- opening Milk Bar, hosting a popular Netflix series Ugly Delicious, and winning awards throughout. In his memoir, Chang opens up about the darker side of this rise to fame, his depression, overworking, and the meals that get him through.

Mango and Peppercorns – Tung Nguyen
This unique food memoir explores the life of Tung Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam who came to live in the home of grad student Kathy Manning and eventually opening a restaurant whose signature is their mango and peppercorn sauce- a metaphor for Tung and Kathy’s contrasting personalities. 

Love, Loss, and What We Ate – Padma Lakshmi
Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi’s memoir in which she explores the role food has played in her life. As she explains in the book’s description: “how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home”.
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