Top Five Tuesday: Top 5 Books with Food on the Cover

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Is it seriously August already? 

This post is a few days late because my Tuesday was crazy, but this week’s Top Five Tuesday prompt is “top five books with food on the cover.” 

Top Five Tuesday was started by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. All of this month’s prompts are based on cover art which is super relatable for me since I tend to judge books based on their covers. 

I’m a self-proclaimed picky eater turned hungry child, so when I saw today’s topic was food, I knew I had participate! Narrowing down the list to five was a surprisingly difficult task because there were so many books on my Goodreads shelf with covers featuring some kind of food. The following list is in no particular order and is based on my top five covers (vs. my top five stories.) Now without further ado, I give you my Top 5 Book Covers with Food: 

Love & Gelato cover: illustration of pink and and green gelato on cones with a small heart in between

1. Love & Gelato, Jenna Evans Welch

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

I feel like Love and Gelato might end up on a lot of people’s lists, but I have a fondness for minimalistic covers and pastels so I had to include it.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

“After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mother’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets.” (From the Publisher)

Review: All You Need in Life (Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch)

Convenience Store Woman cover: rice ball decorated to look like a girl next to a carrot cut to look like a flower in a white bowl on a pink polka dot handkerchief set against a bright blue background

2. Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (translator)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I love rice and the Japanese aesthetic, so when I saw the cute little rice ball on the cover, I immediately borrowed Convenience Store Woman from the library without knowing a thing about the book.

Convenience Store Woman is the story of a thirty-six-year-old woman who has never fit in but finds comfort working at a local convenience store where the employee manual helps her playing the part of a “normal” person more easily.

Review: 2.5 – 3 stars

Sweethearts cover: Heart shaped sugar cookie covered with pink icing with a bite taken out of it

3. Sweethearts, Sara Zarr

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Chocolate chip cookies will always be my favorite (happy belated National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, by the way,) there’s something about a sugar cookie with icing that I love. Between the color scheme and title font, Sweethearts has one of my favorite minimalistic covers. I also really want to go eat a cookie now…

Synopsis: “When Jenna Vaughn’s childhood sweetheart unexpectedly comes back into her life during her senior year of high school, she is forced to confront her troubled past. This is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.”

Stitching Snow cover: magenta apple with intricate design against a white background with similar designs in light gray

4. Stitching Snow, R.C. Lewis

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales

I found a surprising number of apple covers when I was working on this post. With all the contemporary books on this list, I thought I’d mix things up a little bit.

Snow White in space: Essie is an engineer who lives with her seven drones. When a treasure hunter named Dane crash-lands on her planet, she’s pulled into a war waged over the lost princess of Windsong.

5. Sour Hearts, Jenny Zhang

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

What can I say? I like simple covers. I also love handwritten text and some occasional asymmetry.

Sour Hearts is a collect of short stories about the Chinese American immigrant experience from the perspective of teenagers. As the title suggests, they are not wearing rose-colored glasses.



  1. It’s so fun reading about covers, since that’s the one aspect of book buying I’m completely unaffected by, although that could change as more receive image captions!!!
    You and I have the same taste in cookies!!!

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    • Aw yay, I’m glad you were still able to enjoy this post! I’m still trying to figure out how to use alt texts, so if you ever have any suggestions for image captions, let me know!

      and chocolate chip cookies are the best 😍🍪


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