I love food. I mean, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t, but I love food. So when books have amazing food in them, I take note. Here are some of the most notable books with food in them.
(This prompt is for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books [Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.])
Blue food from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: So I know that most of the time Sally Jackson makes blue food for Percy it’s just regular food that’s, well, blue. But I still want to eat blue food, at least to honor Percy and all his heroic deeds.
Baked Goods from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is chock full of baking references. From the perfect chocolate cookie to cake and waffles, Lara Jean is always baking. And I love it. These books are so delicious (no, I would never eat books, what are you talking about) and it’s hard to read them without reaching for something equally delicious to snack on.
Lamb Stew with Dried Plums from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Ever since I read The Hunger Games, I’ve wanted to try the dish Katniss loved in the Capitol, lamb stew with dried plums. I honestly don’t know if I even like dried plums or lamb, but the way Suzanne Collins described the dish (along with any other dish from the Capitol) always made me hungry. Which is kind of… ironic, I suppose.
Lembas Bread from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I’ve actually made lembas bread many times (see the above picture for an example). While my lembas bread doesn’t fill my stomach with one bite, it does taste delicious and is perfect for a hobbit-y, Middle-earth celebration.
Dwarven Feast from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Every time I read (or watch) The Hobbit, I always want to take part in the merry feast the dwarves have at Bilbo’s house. Honestly, I think I want to eat all the food from Middle-earth, but that feast in particular just seems so much fun. Even the clean up portion of the feast involves singing, dancing, and playing games. Blunt the knives…
Turkish Delight from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: I’m 99% sure after reading an ingredient list that I do not like Turkish Delight. Still, every time I watch Edmund eat it in the movie or read about it in the books, I get this insane desire to eat Turkish Delight. I’m not sure what that says about me, but how can I grow up hearing about this delightful dessert and be disappointed?
November cakes from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: The Scorpio Races feature a food called November Cakes. I actually looked up recipes recently, and I might try to make some this year. They look sweet and gooey and perfect for autumn weather.
Eat Me Cake from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: While I’m not sure how I’d feel if I grew enormous, I think it would be quite the adventure to try the Eat Me Cake from Wonderland. Then again, I looked up the supposed ingredient list from the movie and now I’m not sure I want to partake: “two cups of flower, one cup of sugar, a pinch of fungus, worm fat, tongue of a blowfish, pinch of thyme, three coins from a dead mans pocket, and two tablespoons of wishful thinking.” (source)
Food Weather from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett: I grew up reading the picture book by Judi Barrett, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, long before there was a movie and I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have food rain from the sky. Most of the food in the book is similar to food I eat already, except when it ends up being gigantic, but I still think food from the sky would taste better somehow…
All the food from Food Wars! by Yuto Tsukuda: Food Wars! is a manga series about a kid at a prestigious culinary school and let me tell you, it’s delicious. Not only are the pages filled with beautiful illustrations of food, the volumes include recipes too. Even for food I’m not sure I’d like, I find my mouth watering because it looks so glorious. I need it all.