Steven Raichlen is the author of Planet Barbecue and How to Grill. So perhaps it’s no surprise that his novel, Island Apart (Forge Books, $24,99) combines romance, history, travel, crime, and yes—really good food. Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit in an oceanfront mansion on Martha’s Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and calm. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit, with whom she shares a passion for cooking that becomes something more. But Claire’s new friend has a terrible secret that threatens to drive them apart forever. Translated into 15 languages, Raichlen's books have won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP-Julia Child Awards and have sold more than 4 million copies.