I'm behind the curve, but I just finished The School of Essential Ingredients. It isn't something I'd reread, but I really enjoyed it. All the characters and vignettes were interesting, and it was perfect casual reading. Mostly it made me want to cook.
Has anyone read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand? I want to check it out, but I'm number a million on my library waiting list. If it's worth it I might splurge and buy my own copy instead of waiting a month.