In my previous posts, I have told you how the library is with you for your morning ablutions, and continues to be your guide as you get dressed. The next logical step would be for me to tell you about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main’s amazing and astounding collection of 6000+ cookbooks, and how we have recipes for scones, muffins, eggs, pancakes, coffee cakes, Italian breakfasts, sausage and bacon. But even though I truly believe that breakfast is the best meal of the day, and it should stage a coup and take over dinner, I am trying to restrain myself. Barely.
What I’m really going to share with you is breakfast fiction, an essential part of a healthy diet.
Mary Daheim writes a Bed and Breakfast mystery series, the latest being Scots on the Rocks, out last year. The sleuth in this cozy series owns a B&B in the Pacific Northwest. Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo, tells the story of a “typical” upper middle class guy on a road trip with his sister’s new age guru. If British chick lit gets your day going, try Sue Margolis’ Breakfast at Stephanie’s. In that one, a single mom has to make some serious decisions about life and love. You may find food for the spirit in Gardenia’s for Breakfast, an inspirational fiction title by Robin Jones Gunn about four generations of women learning about love and forgiveness. Or if your tastes lean in a different direction entirely, you might go for the harsh and violent life of a transvestite prostitute in 1960s and ’70s Ireland and England in Breakfast on Pluto, a Booker Prize finalist by Patrick McCabe.
Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so whether you’re in the mood for a mystery, or need the sustenance of a short-listed novel, again, the library is with you every step of the way.