Sometimes a book is too good to put down so you can go eat – these ones certainly are. And unless you’re reading them on your beloved tablet, it’s OK to get a little pizza grease or chocolate on the pages; they’re just books. Here, we pair three books with what you’ll crave while you read them. The best part is the stories themselves are as delicious as the food.
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The book:“Delancey” by Molly Wizenberg
What to eat:Pizza
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In “Delancey,” author Molly Wizenberg’s husband drops out of grad school to open up a pizza place, even though he has almost zero experience in the restaurant biz. As you can imagine, she wasn’t exactly thrilled. The story of how the couple survived the opening with their marriage in tact will have you hooked. But you will get hungry.
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of pizza talk in "Delancey." Obviously Wizenberg's husband must taste a lot of pizzas so he knows how to make the perfect one. And Wizenberg – who is the food blogger behind Orangette – waxes about pizzas in such vivid detail, you can almost taste the mozzarella. “Delancey” plus a pizza pie will leave you immensely satisfied.
The book: “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub
What to eat: Nutella crepes
Chances are, you aren’t escaping to Mallorca this summer like the Posts, the family in Emma Straub’s buzzy beach read, “The Vacationers.” But ever the prolific writer, Straub paints a beautiful scene of the vacation home with a cyan-colored swimming pool, the characters themselves with each family member hiding his or her own secret, and of course the food.
Franny, the Post family matriarch, makes big home-cooked meals for the household every night, but there’s one thing she hides in the kitchen, hoarding for herself: a big jar of Nutella. And aren’t you happy to be living in a city where you can get this delicious European treat at a streetcart or local café? Make the trip before you dig into this book.
The book: “Friendship" by Emily Gould
What to eat: Cheap wine and take out
Former Gawker.com editor Emily Gould wrote this novel about two best friends who just turned 30 and life isn’t exactly going as planned for either one. If you watch “Girls” or are into “I need to get my s—t together" books, you’ll like it.
Whether you’re currently experiencing your own late 20s crisis or have luckily already passed through, there’s only one thing that can get you through a book about two friends who are growing apart, one who is seriously behind on her student loan payments: cheap wine and take out. Even if terrible dates and showing up to work hungover are behind you, there are some cravings you just don’t outgrow.
Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence