The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
A strange book about a girl who can taste emotion in food; fascinating premise, somewhat complicated by an odd plot twist, slightly unsatisfying ending. But the whole idea of it made reading the book worth it.
Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl
Not quite nonfiction, a lovely tale of growing up in the 60s.
The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman
I love that it is partly set in Cambridge, it really makes me feel like a local! And the setting in startups, with interesting characters...it kept me interested. Yet---the comparisons to Sense and Sensibility are nutty. It's not Jane Austen. At all.