Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!

July 22, 2014 2014, discussion post, food in books, tonya 58

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When we talk about how books make us feel, we mostly refer to the emotional–the swoons, the sighs, the weeping and the rages–but what about the physical pull fiction can have on us? Have you ever read a passage about food and found your stomach growling right along with the characters? Found your mouth watering at some bit of lusciously described food?

We have.

It’s amazing how prominent the role of food is in our bookish lives here at The Midnight Garden–in fact, we even have a tag dedicated to food in books in the sidebar, and Friday’s classic readalong discussion book All-of-a-Kind Family has quite a bit of food porn in it, too! All of us cook or bake to some degree, and we’re all fans of tasty dishes and drinks.

So, what are our favorite foods in fiction?

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Tonya’s Favorite Fictional Foods

Anne-of-Green-Gables-The-Sequel2.jpgAnne of Green Gables – (do I manage to work Anne into every list? Yes. I regret nothing.) As a kid, I was obsessed with trying raspberry cordial. I used to make raspberry jello and drink the mixture before it was set, and pretend I was getting tipsy like Diana. (Weird? Maybe.) And I always wondered just exactly what plum pudding looked like–minus the mouse, of course. (According to the internets, plum pudding does not have any actual plums in it. Dreams. Dashed.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor has a gift for bringing worlds to life, from Prague to Marrakesh to Eretz, I felt as though I actually visited each place. And her descriptions of food were no different. I could almost smell the spices, the roasting meat. And the goulash. I want it in my mouth.

Anna and the French Kiss – Macarons. Pain au chocolat. Chocolat chaud. Ham and cheese paninis. Need I go on? I think not.

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Kim’s Favorite Fictional Foods

atreegrowsinbrooklyncoverAll Four Stars – This is actually a completely food-centric book! It feels like every page is nearly bursting with delicious food descriptions and also cooking! In my review I talked about how I loved that the food element also took us traveling around the world. A delightful global culinary tour and a delightful book!

All-of-a-Kind Family – This one did such a fabulous job transporting us to the world of the Lower East Side in 1912. Food is present in nearly every chapter whether it’s a trip to the market, a regular lunchtime, or a holiday. I especially loved the peek into Jewish culture in this time and place and seeing the similarities and differences to what I know.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Much like All-of-a-Kind Family, the food in this book is like a form of time travel (and they even begin in the same year!). I remember when I first read this as a kid and how Francie’s food adventuring around her neighborhood from purchasing penny candy, to picking up rye from the Jewish bakery, to getting to sip and cherish the coffee that is one of her sole luxuries really immersed me in her world.

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Wendy’s Favorite Fictional Foods

I dream about food, and I dream about books–so when those two things come together, I’m in ecstasy.

I LOVE when food is featured in books, so much so that I even have a food porn shelf on GoodReads! My earliest memories of food porn are probably Bread and Jam for Frances (I hosted a story time for this book once and served thick jam sandwiches to the kids), the beautiful lemon pudding in The Stories Julian Tells (I can’t eat this dish without thinking of this book), and the Ramona Quimby books, in which her father would sometimes bring home a paper bag full of gummy bears, or a payday treat might be a juicy burger with a soft bun and pickles. A lot of the Cleary books had great food porn, actually, including bananas in Mitch and Amy, or doughnut holes in The Luckiest Girl, or Coke floats in Fifteen.

As an adult, I get terrible cravings in the middle of the night when I read cop dramas, because they’re often eating pizza or doughnuts and I never have any in my house. When I read Cat Hellisen’s When the Sea is Rising Red, I had to leave to buy cake before I could finish the book–and of course, I thought about the hummingbird cake in Rebel Belle so much that I had to make it!

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Like Tonya, I am immensely fond of the raspberry cordial in Anne of Green Gables–I used to make my mother buy Welch’s frozen raspberry juice concentrate and pretend I was having tea with Anne and Diana. For me, Turkish Delight will always be associated with Narnia, and of course the Harry Potter books are filled with iconic foodstufffs, too.

almanzoOther dishes and meals I love:

The surprise attic feast in A Little Princess.

The crisp gingerbread cookies wrapped in tin foil stars in Mary Poppins. Jane and Michael later watch in amazement as the stars are pasted into the sky with a bucket of glue. <3

The tomato sandwiches in cranky Harriet M. Welsch‘s lunch and the chocolate cake waiting for her every day after school.

The Little House books, forever groaning with food, but most especially pies of all kinds, roasted pig’s tail, popcorn and milk, maple syrup candy made in the snow, pink lemonade, oyster soup during a long, hard winter, and the amazing chapter in Farmer Boy when the parents are away and the kids eat all the sugar in the house because they keep making cake and churning ice cream. If that doesn’t sound like heaven to a kid, I don’t know what would! Frankly, it sounds like heaven to me now.

The forbidden candy bar store run by The Great Brain at the Academy. Highly recommended if you enjoy historical Laura Ingalls Wilder stories, except with too-smart boys who are always getting into trouble!

The juicy pork chops in The Middle Moffat, when Jane is invited to dinner and is fearful she’ll forget her manners and accidentally eat the maid’s dinner.

The onion sandwiches in the Betsy-Tacy books, made by Betsy’s father on Sundays when all the neighborhood boys came over to her house to hang out. Later, Joe bonds with his future father-in-law over making those sandwiches. Food brings us together in so many funny ways, eh?

Ginnie and the Cooking Contest, in which Ginnie tries out all kinds of amazing desserts and main dishes to decide which one to enter into the local contest. As an adult, I was tickled to find that the author published a children’s cookbook based on her series, and I posted an adaptation of one of the recipes Ginnie experiments on my old children’s books and crafts blog for chicken-almond mousse.

More recently published YA with great food porn: Sixteenth Summer, which features lovely lemony ice creams and hot dogs at the beach; Bittersweet, which will drive you mad with desire for cupcakes of all flavors in addition to the adorable romance; The Miseducation of Cameron Post, with its cool strawberry pretzel salad; The Grisha Trilogy, with all the glorious feasts and fantastical foods. As Leigh Bardugo said in her Grisha Food Chat with us, putting a twist on something familiar really can transport you there in an immediate way.

As Tonya and Kim both mentioned, the All-of-a-Kind Family series also has AMAZING food featured in it. We’ll be discussing the first book this Friday, and I cannot wait to plot overnight candy games with you all!

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P.S. You might also enjoy the transcript from this #mglitchat that I jumped on last fall. Lots of great suggestions if you like food in your books.

vine-divider-finalSo, which bookish foods are your favorites? Are you as obsessed with fictional food porn as we are?

 

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58 Responses to “Discussion: Favorite Fictional Foods!”

  1. Debbie

    Oh my goodness! I really thought I was going crazy when I was drooling over the food that the characters were eating. I always looked forward to their next meal hahaha I’m glad that I’m not alone in this. In The Maze Runner, I was always curious about what Frypan was going to cook for the Gladers. Or in Alienated, I wanted to have a taste of L’eihr dishes.

    This is an awesome blog post!

  2. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    I really enjoyed your food post Wendy, food is one of the greatest pleasures of life and it just makes sense that characters will feel that way as well. It sounds like Anna will move up my reading list, I love the sound of the food in it! There was some great food in the Strange and Beautiful Life of Ava Lavender as well as To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. Great post ladies!
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  3. Meg

    The ones that come to mind ….

    tomato sandwiches in A Wrinkle in Time AND midnight hot chocolate. This began a tradition in my household for sure.

    I also had a hard time getting through the Redwall series because they were feasting in the first few pages, and all I wanted was october ale!

    And, of course, everything in the Harry Potter books.

  4. Jenn G

    Has anyone read Jane Brocket’s “Cherry Cake & Ginger Beer”? It’s a cookbook based on children’s literature – a lot of the authors are very British (Enid Blyton) but she also includes Little House and Daddy-Long-Legs.

    In her introduction, she remarks that “very few books after [1963] contain the powerfully evocative, real, home-made foods that feature so prominently in ones up to the 1950s. That is not to say that there are not many, many outstanding titles written after this date; it’s just that the nature of the food content changes. Novels become grittier, more concerned with realism and specific and social issues, and they begin to reflect the changes that take place in the home, the workplace, and the kitchen. With fewer mothers and cooks making traditional cakes and biscuits, food becomes faster, branded, more convenient, and the lavish teas and suppers enjoyed after non-stop adventuring disappear as children’s lives become more restricted and guarded.”

    Thought that was interesting – I do think that as we’ve seen foodie-ism becoming more trendy, that the food in children’s lit and YA has become more exciting/exotic – but I do notice that the food comes from restaurants or vendors – it isn’t often homemade.

    Thoughts?

  5. Kristy Petree

    I love this post; however, most of the books I read have a fixation on all manner of coffees and espressos (and the occasional pasty), especially young adult books. That is still odd to me, since no one my age drank coffee during our teen years. I do remember “November cakes” in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races, probably because I associated them birthday cake since my birthday is in November. :)

  6. Diamond Nazaneen

    One food. the Turkish Delight in Narnia!! *drools*
    *drools more*
    I mean….ahhhhhh! Lol. I just checkd out your food porn shelf, Wendy. I need to read more of these books that feature excellent food! Sometimes I even get cravings for the fictitious dishes featured in some novels, lol. :D great post! It makes me wanna do a food porn-drool worthy books shelf on GR too. In fact, I’m definitely doing one ;)
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  7. Hilary

    The magical sweets from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory (MMM!). The food from Harry Potter (BUTTERBEER! TREACLE TART! AND HOLY MACKEREL EVERY FLAVOUR BEANS). And ambrosia from the Percy Jackson series (too bad that you have to be injured in order to eat it; otherwise, you would just burn up and dissolve into ashes). Oh no, I’m hungry now!
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  8. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    The attic surprise scene from A Little Princess was absolutely amazing. I adore that book so hard, I still remember how sad a felt for Sara. I need to read this All Four Stars! ALL ZE FOOD. YES, raspberry cordial from Anne of Green Gables! Such a fun novel–I still need to read the books that come after that.

    Lovely discussion, ladies! <33

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  9. Leandra Wallace

    I have a recipe for butterbeer that I cut out of a newspaper that I fully intend to make one day. (though having absolutely no experience w/a candy thermometer…) I also want to make the November Cakes from The Scorpio Races. As for food in books that I like, the only one my brain can come up w/right now is Dragons Love Tacos. It’s a great picture book that I read to my son that always leaves me wanting Mexican food. =)
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  10. Pili

    YES!! I did the wise thing and I’m reading this after lunch!! That means that after reading all that, I’m not ravenously hungry and ready to devour the whole fridge!

    I do tend to notice food in books, because well done food descriptions do give a much more real feel to the world! One of the latest books that I’ve read that have made me go really hungry and wishdul for its food was Eon, such wonderful delicacies, made me crave Thai & Chinese food like no one’s business! And The Falconer made me weep cause I had not shortbread biscuits at home to eat with the constant mention of them (and they were added first things first to the grocery list!).

    I love baking and sometimes I find myself thinking of a way to turn a particularly delish dessert featured in a book into a cupcake recipe to try!

    Now Wendy, you’ve given me an extra reason to read When The Sea Is Rising Red with the cake talk!!
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  11. Kate S. (@ExLibris_Kate)

    We read THE SCORPIO RACES for my YA for Adults book club and for about 6 months after, someone would say – “Who was supposed to make the November cakes??”

    No one reads this book anymore, but in HEIDI there are all of these descriptions of fresh bread and melty cheese that always made me hungry to read about when I was a kid….
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  12. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    This is such a fun post. There are so many favorites I have in common with you ladies–raspberry cordial and plum pudding minus the mouse (LOL), turkish delight (which I was horribly disappointed by when I actually got my hands on some). I always wanted a chocolate frog while reading HP. And there’s lots of lovely sounding food in Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy too. And then there are the new things that I want to try–LEMON PUDDING?? I have never had this, but I want it. I want it NOW. And that chocolate cake, ye gods, what is that, and where can I get one?
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  13. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Note to self: when hungry avoid posts about food.

    I’m basically drooling here! Anyways, some fictional foods I love: Butterbeer! I tried some when I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and really enjoyed it! Bittersweet by Sara Ockler basically killed me with all the cupcakes. I actually made one of the cupcakes in the book! Anna and the French Kiss had my mouth watering with all the descriptions.

    Great post, ladies! I think I’ll have to favorite this for future reference ;D
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  14. Savannah

    What about Butter beer! I drank at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and OMG! Amazing!! And the surprise feasts in the little princess always make me happy :)
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  15. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I love this post! Just reading it brought back so many memories of good books and good food. Those Little House books did always seem to have tables filled with food and I remember clearly asking my mom why she didn’t cook like that…she laughed at me (seriously, that stuff was all from scratch). I always get hungry when I read the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. I’m dying to visit the Pork Pit and have some of that yummy-sounding food.
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  16. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    This post reminded me of many favorites! I’d add the butter pies in A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones — an imaginary treat I wish were real. And Elizabeth Goudge always has wonderful descriptions of English country food, as in The Little White Horse, where the cook and his unusual assistant are important characters.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Diana Wynn Jones! I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t read her yet. BUTTER PIES SOUND DELICIOUS though. I have no idea what that would taste like, but I like butter and I like pie, so I figure that’s got to work.

      I need to check out THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE, too–that sounds charming! Thank you for the recs, I’ve read a lot about food in books over the years and neither one of these have come up before.

  17. bethany

    Okay, have to comment.

    Echoing Wendy’s Turkish Delight from Narnia (I had no idea what it was but WAS SO CURIOUS), and I seriously LOVE the attic scene in Little Princess (it breaks my heart).

    +1 — All the Redwall books by Brian Jacques — each book has at least a dozen (or more) feasts and meals and gahhhh. LOVE THEM. I think they even made a cookbook out of the series because people were so obsessed with what they ate all the time, lol.
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      • Wendy Darling

        I really have to check out the Redwall series and the cookbook sometime! You both have me very curious about what these animals are eating.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I’m happy to hear that someone else loves that attic scene. It’s such a touching one, poor Sara. I still think of her sometimes when I eat a soft roll.

      I wish the real Turkish Delights were as good as they sounded in the books. Edmund, really–you gave up your soul for THOSE? Silly boy.

      And I keep meaning to read the Redwall books but still haven’t managed to! I bought the first book a year or so ago when it was on sale (an agent I like convinced me they were my thing), and I’d actually heard that there were delicious foods mentioned in them. I even bookmarked the cookbook on Amazon a few nights ago. You know, just in case I want to check it out after I finally read the book, hah. I have a few cookbooks based on children’s books, actually. I love them. I just bought The Secret Garden cookbook, it should be here tomorrow.

      Now I’ve said too much.

      • bethany

        Yeah, was terribly disappointed by the turkish delights. So many other things that are so amazzzzing… but maybe that’s because sugar has come a long way since CS Lewis’ time :P

        The Redwall books are pretty easy reads (middle grade, I guess??) and while they’re pretty similar from book to book, I LOVED them as a kid — and was always so impressed by how Brian Jacques churned them out. If you ever read them lmk!
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  18. A Canadian Girl

    I’m probably not as obsessed with the food featured in books as you guys but off the top of my head, I’d love to try the sweets in Harry Potter and some of the food during the opening banquet at the beginning of each school year. I also wanted some of the food featured in Anna and a bunch of the cupcakes in Bittersweet. Oh, and of course whenever I eat Nerds/Gobstoppers/Runts, I always think of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I think it would be really hard to be as obsessed as we are with food in books, hah.

      Those feasts in Harry Potter were probably my favorite things about the books. And you know, I would happily eat French food anytime! It would probably be my last meal before I die.

  19. Larissa

    So this post is basically all food porn and I’m totally okay with that (: I just love food, to bake and cook, so seeing these elements in stories make me salivate (especially when hungry LOL).

    I totally agree with Tonya, the food mentioned in Anna & The French Kiss was simply mouthwatering. I really do need to go to France, have a chance to speak French and taste the delicious food. I’ve actually never had well made Macarons so I feel as if i’m missing out. I’ve had ham & cheese paninis in Italy though (: simply delicious!

    Wendy, damn girl! Lol you really do get into the food when it’s mentioned in stories [; You’re so right about Clearly’s stories, it doesn’t feel right not eating when I read them haha. I’ve also read Rebel Belle now (and quite loved it) so I know what the Hummingbird Cake is like and it sounds scrumptious. Awww The Little House books definitely had some great mentions of food, and I especially felt the need for it when the characters were yearning for things like the maple syrup in snow. I’ve actually tried that maple syrup in snow thing (wooo being Canadian has its perks, snow all of the time) and it was pretty good (: Oh god, Bittersweet should really be retitled as Cupcake porn. That story made me so hungry, to the point where I felt like actually eating cupcakes was very much a necessity.

    Harry Potter was definitely a series in which there were some brilliant descriptions of food. With the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I did manage to drink Butterbeer. Gotta say though, it wasn’t nearly as good as the descriptions in the story.

    Lovely post ladies! (: Really enjoyed reading about all of your favorite foods in the literary world.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, you cook and bake, too! Yay! I feel better that we are inflicting our obsessions on appreciative ears.

      It’s been awhile since I read ANNA, but ISLA has some nice mentions of French food, too. Everyone seems to crave macarons after JUST ONE DAY as well, it’s pretty funny. But yes, you must go to France eat macarons! I’ve only been once, for a week, and am long overdue for another visit. Mr. Darling’s never been.

      Beverly Cleary can make the simplest foods sound so enticing. I brought up the banana thing in M&A because I think it’s such a gift to instill that kind of desire over something that’s probably already in your kitchen cupboard.

      I LOVE that you’ve tried the maple syrup candy thing! I hope you get to actually try hummingbird cake sometime (unlike anything I’d ever tasted before), and “cupcake porn” is a great alternate title for BITTERSWEET, hah.

      Re: butterbeer. I know what you mean. I’ve never tried it myself, but I would imagine some dishes are best left in your imaginary bellies. YOU know what it’s supposed to taste like, even if the theme park people don’t. Better not to be disappointed.

    • Pili

      Oh Larissa, well made macarons are glorious!! Even more in the not so usual flavour, like rose and green tea and champagne!! Glorious! Damn it, now I feel like having macarons! And having made from scratch crepes in the streets of Paris is amazing too, hmmmm nutella crepes!! I need to go back to Paaariiiiis!!
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  20. janice

    Books + food? This is right up my alley! I’m like Wendy, every time I look at a fresh patch of snow, I think of the Little House books and the maple syrup candy! Then I remind myself that I live in NYC and the snow is probably covering some dog pee or garbage so I shouldn’t actually TRY to pour maple syrup over the snow to see if I can make the candy! But, I still secretly hope to one day. Also, the Harry Potter books, all the HP books made me wonder what the food would taste like!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, NYC is probably not the place to be making maple syrup candy. BUT YOU ARE SO CLOSE to upstate New York, where you could totally do these things! AND explore Almanzo Wilder territory. I went for the first time last year and loved it so much. (The FARMER BOY link in the post takes you to my write-up about that trip.)

      I was telling Brenda a few comments below that I tried to make that candy with Aunt Jemima when I was little. Oh, young Wendy. How much you had to learn.

  21. tesscatiful

    The one that really springs to mind for me is Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane.
    The descriptions of hot porridge with a spoonful of homemade jam made me get up and actually make some.
    One day I will try porridge with honeycomb and think, yellow Devonshire cream. I have no idea if it will taste good, but Gaiman made me want it. All of it. Forever.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ah, I still haven’t managed to read Gaiman yet! This porridge with jam you refer to makes me want to dive in this fall, when the weather’s a little cooler. :) Homemade jam with anything, though, really. Also, REAL clotted cream.

        • Wendy Darling

          Scones! Hot from the oven. Ohhhhh, I want, I want. We’re getting ourselves in too much trouble, Tess.

          PS, I see you’ve read CRUSHED! I just received the first book recently, I’ve heard such good things about that series.

          • tesscatiful

            YES! Let’s get off the subject of crumbly, delicious scones.

            CRUSHED is immense, even better than book one – would recommend the series to any YA lover looking for something that likes to kick common tropes in the face! :)
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            • Wendy Darling

              I love that you say “crumbly,” because I know you are a true scone aficionado. The things that pass for scones these days… :P

              Thanks for the encouragement re: the Crewe books! It’s rare when a sequel surpasses the first book, but that’s usually a great sign. Now if I could just find the time to read everything I want to read.

  22. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    Fantastic topic! I love food, too, and love when they describe it in books. In movies, I love any scene involving conversation over food and am always trying to guess what the heck they are eating in Jane Austen movies! I was kind of obsessed with Turkish Delight after reading the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but then I had it and yeah, not so awesome. I really like the descriptions of cupcakes in Sarah Ockler’s Bittersweet though I wish it had included actual recipes as well. And Harry Potter. I would eat everything there and get so fat.
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  23. Brenda

    Oh man, you’ve made me oh so hungry for cake now with those images. I adore books that mention foods. From The Little House books, I became fascinated with how maple syrup was made, to dreaming of chocolate rivers with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I always wanted to visit Hooper’s Dairy Bar to try their frappe drink (from The Cheerleader)and of course Harry Potter books have some wonderful food references. It was such a treat to finally try Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer. I still think about the foods in All Four Stars and hope to sample some soon too.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I made myself hungry with those photos, hah. I should have known you’d be a Little House fan too, Brenda! I tried that maple syrup candy thing with Aunt Jemima back in the day, but that never worked. I’m curious if anyone’s had any success with it.

      It’s really cool that Harry Potter and CHARLIE fans at least have some products that have been made that they can enjoy–I’ve purchased a few Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean boxes for gifts in the past, and of course, there’s that magical Wizarding World, too. I would dearly love to go to LauraPalooza or the Betsy-Tacy convention sometime. Hopefully they’ll have Laura and Betsy-approved foods. :)

      And yesss, ALL FOUR STARS might take the cake (heh) with all its food descriptions. Definitely the most eclectic mix of enticing foods.

      • Brenda

        Yep, I loved reading Little House and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as a kid. As well as Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. I never thought to try the syrup and snow, but I received maple candies from Vermont once as a gift and they were so good. Speaking of food, I started All of A Kind Family for the read along. Yet another wonderful example of foods in books. Defiantly brings back memories to things I’ve tried as a child and shopping trips to the market. Looking forward to the discussion with you ladies.

        • Wendy Darling

          You know, I never read REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM and I’ve always meant to! If there’s food in it, I definitely have to give it a go. I forgot to mention the crunchy winterberries that Almanzo and Eliza find the snow, too–I love that scene. Of course, I could think of a zillion more examples of foods I like in books, so it’s probably best that I stopped where I did, hah.

          I’m so glad you are liking the foods in AOAKF! Those books make me so hungry whenever I read them. Every chapter is brimming with wonderful-sounding things that I’d like to try.

          • Brenda

            I don’t recall if there was any particular foods mentioned in Rebecca …hmm may have to re-read it.

  24. starryeyedjen

    Wow, I never really thought about how much food is mentioned in stories, but it’s EVERYWHERE! My first thought was of those tables laden with foods of all kinds in the Harry Potter books. Dammit, now I’m hungry. This is going to make my grocery shopping trip today that much more difficult…and expensive. Tonight, WE FEAST! :D Truly great post, ladies. I think you proved your point. =)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Well, sometimes including food can backfire, too. I recently read a YA book in which the author included a fair amount of detail, but I was kind of turned off by it. “Dark, silky pigeon meat” doesn’t call to me the way that roasted lamb does, you know? :P

      Also! I think Kathleen Hale’s NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU had a disgusting dish in it, but I think that was on purpose. I’m trying very hard not to think about people actually frying hot dogs in mayonnaise.

  25. kindlemom1

    I love this post because food really does play a big role in books. I remember the first time I really wished I had food from a book was when my teacher read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out loud to us. I wanted to try every single thing mentioned in that book! Later as an adult, the H.P. series was another one where I wanted to see, feel and taste all of the wonderful things mentioned in the books.
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    • Wendy Darling

      CHARLIE is a good one! So’s HARRY. You can always tell when the author really enjoys food herself, if it plays an important role in the books.

      There’s a big candy store near me called Sweet! Hollywood that had a big CHARLIE display/room with all kinds of goodies the last time I was there. It was really fun to see. I love that your teacher read the book to you, too. :)

  26. Nikki

    Omg I love this! Tonya and Wendy, raspberry cordial in Anne of Green Gables was my very first thought before I even started reading the post. Love it!

    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t weird that no one’s capitalized on the raspberry cordial thing and bottled some sort of juice? Anne fans would buy it by the gallon!