8 Audiobooks to Listen to While Cooking

Here at RICARDO, we love to cook. And we enjoy it even more when we’re able to listen to a story while preparing a meal, all thanks to audiobooks. Here are our staff picks (both in French and in English), all available on Audible; perfect for those fall days spent at home!

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

Here’s an autobiography that’s highly recommended by Brigitte, especially given that she attended Obama’s recent conference in Montreal. In her memoir, the former First Lady of the United States talks about her own unique path, from her childhood up until her eight years spent in the White House. A book rich in humanity, following the ups and downs of an inspiring woman.

2. Eat a Peach by David Chang and Gabe Ulla

A fan of the popular Momofuku restaurant in New York City, our editor Charline-Ève adored this audiobook written by its founder and chef, David Chang. Known for his ramen dishes, he recounts with humour and candour how he reached the summit of his profession, thanks to a series of unlikely events.

3. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

Feeding oneself doesn’t have to be complicated! That’s the premise of this audiobook recommended by our content director, Maude. At a time when diets are multiplying just as much as contradictory health tips, this short and practical guide offers tips on eating simply and smartly. You’ll quickly go from theory to action.

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This mythical classic rich in wisdom speaks to kids and grown-ups alike. Our content coordinator, Audrey-Anne, recently took part in this auditory journey. Following a young boy as he visits different planets and asks philosophical questions about life will surely warm your heart. It’s short and great to listen to as a family.

5. Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don’t Have To by Dr. David A. Sinclair

Written by a professor of genetics, this publication shows at which point all that we think we know about aging isn’t always true. Razak, our circulation and direct marketing specialist, was gripped by this book where the listener is invited to revisit their own health habits. You’ll be left with a new perspective on the years ahead of you.

6. Sauver la planète une bouchée à la fois by Bernard Lavallée

This audiobook selected by our regular RICARDO Magazine columnist is also a favourite among many members of our staff. The author offers food for thought on how we can help the environment with what we put on our plates. It’s a toolbox to use in our everyday life and for our planet!

7. Chercher Sam by Sophie Bienvenu

This story follows Mathieu, a man living on the streets. Our content director Maude was moved after devouring this audiobook, a sensitive and gut-punching title. A must-listen while cooking comfort food; you’ll be needing it once you get to the end of the book! We also enjoy Autour d’elle by the same author.

8. C’est une chose étrange à la fin que le monde by Jean d’Ormesson

What is our place in the universe? That’s what the author philosophizes about in this book recommended by Ricardo. That’s a big question asked in this easy-to-read book. From religion to science to the afterlife, these topics are touched upon in a neutral, non-judgmental way and make you rethink the world around you.

If listening to a good book while enjoying a sweet treat sounds relaxing to you, here are a couple of recipes to enjoy. There’s nothing better than a cocooning session at home, where we marry cooking and digital literature!

This article is a collaboration between RICARDO and Audible Canada.