I love to read. I rarely go to sleep at night without having read a few chapter or more first. Here are some of my favorite books (at the moment).
Betsy-Tacy book series? I've read and reread and am currently reading these aloud to #5. They were published between 1940 and 1955. They are a timeless story of friendship,family, love, and small-town living. There's even a Blog dedicated to to these books!
these books are perfect for you. The series follows a middle-aged woman who's obsessed with food (in a good way), Sadie, through one mystery after another. My favorite part? When a dish is mentioned in the book, the recipe is given at the end of the chapter. LOVE! There are currently 8 books in this series and hopefully 100's more to come.