Suggested Reads

Similar to "burnt toast makes you sing good"


  • "The Recipe Box" by Viola Shipman – Michigan, family history, recipes

  • "The Café by the Sea" and "Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan – recipes, travel

  • "The Kitchen Daughter" by Jael McHenry – cooking, family history

  • "The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living" by Louise Miller- cooking, family, recipes, country living

  • "The School of Essential Ingredient" and "The Lost Art of Mixing" by Erica Bauermeister – cooking, family relationships

  • "How to Bake a Perfect Life" by Barbara O’Neal – cooking recipes, family, military

  • "Kitchens of the Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal – cooking, recipes, fathers and daughters


  • "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert – memoir, food, travel
  • "Life from Scratch" by Sasha Martin – recipes, memoir, exploration of various ethnicities
  • "The Sharper the Knife the Less Your Cry" and "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" by Kathleen Flinn (One Book author) – strong recipe/food themes, travel
  • "Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine" by Sarah Lohman – history of food, recipes, Americana
  • "American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads" by Rascale Le Draoulec – Road trip, recipes
  • "Fork in the Road" by Erick Villegas – Michigan, recipes
  • "Walnut Pickles and Watermelon Cake” by Larry B. Massie – Recipes, Michigan
  • "The New Midwestern Table" by Amy Thielen – recipes, Midwest
  • "In the Winter’s Kitchen" by Beth Dooley – recipes, Midwest, memoir
  • "Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books" by Cara Nicoletti – recipes, memoir, literary delights

Former One Book selections

  • 2017: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
  • 2016: "True Grit" by Charles Portis
  • 2014: "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes
  • 2013: "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • 2012: "Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand" by Helen Simonson
  • 2011: "Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
  • 2010: "Friday Night Lights" by H.G. Bissinger
  • 2009: "They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky" by Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak, with Judy A. Bernstein
  • 2008: "Lay That Trumpet in our Hands" by Susan Carol McCarthy
  • 2007: "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen
  • 2006: "My Sister’s Keeper" by Jodi Picoult
  • 2005: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

One Book Sponsors


One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, Montcalm Community College, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County.

MCC Library
989-328-2111, Ext. 261 or 291