Welcome to the Foodies100 Holiday Reads Club



Summer is on its way! Ok, well maybe it’s heading this way slowly? Anyway, with the prospect of the holidays looming, what better than to start planning your holiday reading? Personally, I find it hard to tear myself away from food-related reading, so new cookbooks and cupcake-related fiction are usually top of my list!

Here at the Foodies100 we have teamed up with idealo.co.uk to bring you the Foodies100 Holiday Reads Club. We want to know what books UK food bloggers enjoy reading in their spare time and what books should be on our ‘must read’ list. So, we are looking for 35 Foodies100 bloggers to do some reading research for us and report back.

Idealo will be providing each chosen blogger with a £25 Amazon voucher to spend on their ‘Ideal holiday reading list’ (including kindle books). We would  like you to write about what you’ve chosen and what you thought of it, then send us a link to your post so we can include it in a carnival round up next month. Simples!

To apply leave a comment below to tell us what your favourite book of all time is. Make sure you include your blog name/URL and twitter id so we can contact you if you are chosen. You must apply by 5pm on Monday 21st May 2012 extended to Monday 4th June 2012 and we will announce the chosen bloggers soon after this.

Happy Reading!

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

Discussion41 Comments

  1. Favourite book of all time? Hands down has to be Jane Eyre, I have read it at least 300 times, love it!

    I am a big fan of classic literature from Wuthering Heights to Lolita or Madame Bovary.

    I am also a lover of trashy fiction like 50 Shades of Grey (Oh-er), or Young Adult Fiction like Twilight, Hugner Games etc…

    I love to read, so will read anything I can get my hands on really. I always have at least three books on the go.

  2. It’s not a single book but a series that my Mum recently introduced me to. The Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel is a very moving story about a young girl trying to find acceptance and it’s all set during the last ice age. The first book is Clan of the Cave Bear.

    Twitter id is @BlueKitchenBake

  3. ‘Something’s Burning; The Autobiography of Two Cooks’ by Fanny Cradock.

    I’ve just dipped into this again and my hands are shaking with sheer delight. The chapter about their time playing to audiences of 6,500 at the Albert Hall and being linked in to live TV half way through the cooking demonstration are terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

    And she did it all in a white fox fur and kid gloves!

    Then there’s the photo entitled, ‘Johnnie’s favourite picture of Fanny’ . .

    gillwatson5 on Twitter

  4. I’ve never had just one single favourite book, as I’ve always loved reading and I read voraciously. But favourites include Swiss Family Robinson, Perdido Street Station, Asimov’s Foundation Series and many many more. I particularly enjoy science fiction, so I’d probably try and pick some great sci fi holiday reads plus a food title or two!

  5. As an ex-librarian there are so many books which I loved. Books have helped me through difficult times. Books made me laugh and finally books have taught me “things”.

    I mostly read contemporary writers, I am a fan of detective novels and recently stumbled upon SJ Parris & her Elizabethan spy Giordano Bruno hero in Heresy, a great find.

    When I have a present to make I often buy Room by Emma Donoghue or The Reader by Prof Bernhard Schlink which have stayed with me long after I read the last page and

    And also loved the last book I read but not the least , The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

    Sorry for such a long comment, reading is a passion and which I love to share with others.

  6. I’m a big reader and there have been many books throughout my life which could have had the prize of ‘favourite’! My most recent great read has to be Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to be a woman’. I genuinely think all teenage girls who feel even slightly awkward about life should be given it. It’s brilliant!!

  7. How can I pick just one? I collect early 20th century children’s books so they rank pretty highly but I think my absolute favourite book of all time would be Edith Wharton’s novella ‘Ethan Frome’. It’s utterly captivating and heart breaking at the same time. I can read it again and again and I’m still spellbound.


  8. Would it be too predictable to say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen? I’ve read it so many times, I can now quote huge chunks of dialogue.

    I love the wittiness of the language, the elegance of the settings, the strong characterisation, need I go on?

  9. One of my favourite books is ‘Toast’ by Nigel Slater; an autobiographical account of his childhood and adolescence through food. It so beautifully captures growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, with witty anecdotes about Duck a l’Orange, Steak Diane and 60s and 70s confectionary as well as thinking the Parmesan was off due to the smell! It also simultaneously captures the sadness Nigel experienced in his life. I just find it so enthralling that he has managed to tell his life story so brilliantly through food. It is an absolute must read for everyone, especially foodies!

    On the non fiction side of things, the best book I have ever read is ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ about a relatively unknown woman whose cells have unwittingly made a HUGE impact on modern medicine as we know it today. When I read it I couldn’t believe that I, and many others, had never heard of Henrietta. It doesn’t just focus on the science side of things either, but details the prejudice faced by the Lacks’ family and explores medical ethics in a way that is understandable and interesting to the reader. It’s a definite must read and even though I read it a while ago now, I still think of Henrietta regularly, such was her impact on the world of modern science and medicine.


  10. My favourite fiction book of all time is The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. A love story with so many twists and turns.

    My favourite cake related book of all time is Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes. There are so many beautiful pictures in this book I can look at it again and again for inspiration.


  11. I love to read (cookbooks and fiction!). I’m not sure what my favorite book of all time is. Perhaps The time travellers wife.

    My favorite recent reads are Room by Emma Donoghue and The radleys by Matt Haig. Both fantastic books that I really could not put down.

    Twitter @purelyfood

  12. Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking is an un-put-downable look at British history viewed through the prism of food and cooking. This is not a turgid history book but a tasty romp through centuries of cuisine, from what the Romans ate for lunch to the origins of our traditional Sunday roast. Bursting with odd and fascinating facts about food, kitchen gadgets and social history, this book deserves a place in the travel bag of everyone with the remotest interest in food.

  13. Favourite book?! That’s far too hard a question. I really enjoyed Virginia Andrews’ ‘Flowers in the Attic’ series, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials books, I loved Birdsong by Sebestian Faulks, and a favourite from when I was younger was the Faraway books by Enid Blyton.

    I’ll read anything!


  14. Favourite book? Wow, this is like sophie’s choice! Well maybe not but you catch my drift…. I’d have to go for either Zola’s germinal or Joseph Hellers catch-22 – a satirical masterpiece!


  15. My favourite book HAS to be Pride. & Prejudice. I’ve read it so many times. I’ve watched the BBC dramatisation & watched the film countless number of times too. I’ve also passed the love on to my 11 year old daughter who is my Jane Austen ‘partner in crime!’ She’s read most of the Jane Austen books now & it’s our regular DVD night together.

  16. My favourite book of all time is Boris Pasternak’s 2Doctor Zhivago” because ‘all human life is here’, truly. It is a very complex plot, with a vast and disparate cast of characters, incredible scenery and description – and food! The complexity of the plot centres on the concept of coincidences and connections, and what has come to be known as the butterfly effect, where each small decision has untold wide-ranging consequences. I love it both for the quality of the writing, the depth of the characters, and the tautness of the plot. But overall, it is just beautiful, in every sense. It is definitely a once in a lifetime must-read!

  17. My favourite book of all time is Like Water for Chocolate. A story of a girl , Tita who is forced to give up the love of her life to care for her mother until the day she dies. He lover then marries her sister to stay near her. Set in Mexico each chapter begins with a recipe which features often with magical results in the chapter. a quail in rosepetal sauce that acts as an aphrodisiac, a wedding cake that reduces the wedding party to tears.

  18. I love reading so it is really hard to chose an absolute favourite book. I think I would choose The Hobbit as that led me on to read The Lord of the Rings. These are all epics in their own way and amazing escapism but the Hobbit is an easier read and just as enthralling

  19. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is always my favourite, its funny and clever and you can relate to it on so many levels in today’s world even though it was first published nearly 200 hundred years ago!


  20. An off the wall choice from me; “And the Ass Saw the Angel” by Nick Cave (as in the slightly scary looking Australian singer) – set in the American deep south during the 1930s depression era, it’s a ghastly tale of inbreeding, alcoholism and provincial witch hunts. It starts with the protagonist, who believes himself to be the second coming, being up to his neck in sinking sand surrounded by crows who are about to peck his eyes out. Sounds vile but the prose is pure poetry – if it was an audio book it should be read by Morgan Freeman.

    But I promise to spend any Amazon vouchers on something more palatable!!!

  21. A favourite book for me is one that lets me escape from where I am and what I’m doing. Anyone that knows me or follows my blog will know that I’m obsessed with anything that combines my love of food and travel so my favourite book has to be Love, Eat, Pray.

    You can really identify with the bits of it that are relevant to your own lives through the open self-confessing style that appeals as though your friend were sitting opposite confiding in you about her intimate life over a bottle of wine but with a strong dose of self-depreciation and a good sense of humour at how life is tough but you have to get on and move on.

    The author does well in making any cynical reader dream of someday finding God within a meditation cave in India, or over a transcendent slice of pizza or in the paddy fields of Indonesia.

    Loved it!

  22. I love Madeline Wickham books on holiday. They’re just the right length and there’s no rushing through to read the next book. I’m not sure if Sophie Kinsella is still writing them though as I’ve not seen a new one.

    My guilty pleasure has to be Virginia Andrews. The Ruby series is by far my favourite followed by the De Beers series. Kind of predictable but still compelling!

  23. urgh – almost impossible to choose… Chocolat – for all the chocolateyness – so good you can almost taste it… Miss Garnet’s Angel… for beautiful Venice? Captain Corelli? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? The Shipping News?

    OK. I’ll have to go for the 2 books that have helped me through my biggest life crises. I can’t choose between them. Thank you Jilly Cooper for Riders – you saved me during my A-levels, and thank you to Nigella Lawson for How to be a Domestic Goddess – you gave me something to enjoy when all around was chaos during my son’s chemotherapy.


  24. I’ve been thinking about this for ages but I’m going to go with Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. The memory of this book has stuck with me. I love the light hearted story, the characters and the period it is set in. For me, it’s the perfect book to turn to after a long day.

  25. Slightly late to the party but my all time favourite reads .. are anything that I completely lose myself in ! A break from the humdrum of reality .. I adore Christina Jones for pure magical escapism , I love Jenny Colgan for laugh out loud girlie rom com antics and I could read the Leon cookbooks until the cows came home …..!

    My most ever favourite book of all time is actually a play .. A Midsummer Nights Dream by our very own Bill Shakespeare …. fairies , donkeys and a potential for so much fun …. Brilliant !

  26. I absolutely love books by the author Douglas Kennedy, especially my all time favourite The Job. I can get so engrossed in his books a few hours pass in what seems like minutes. I get so absorbed in the gripping plot, a real page turner, you want to race to the end just to find out how everything turns out. I will not give any more away, just say you really must read this book! And try some more from this author, you will not regret it!

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