Book Snacks!

September 8th, 2010 • Kate

turkishdelightA quick post this morning to get your brains churning and your stomachs growling! A friend of mine is hosting a dinner party later this month featuring a menu based on one from Steven Brust‘s Vlad Taltos novels, and it got me thinking — what meal, snack or food item have you ever read about and dreamed of having?

The first one that immediately springs to mind for me is Turkish Delight, so memorably swooned over by Edmund in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. What about you? And have you ever found occasion to eat the food you read about?

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18 Responses to “Book Snacks!”

  1. Tom M Franklin Says:

    back when i was in school for my masters in library "science" we had a final class party in a children's literature course. someone brought in Thunder Cake (from Patricia Polacco's book of the same name).

    it really is good!

    — Tom

  2. Karen Says:

    BUTTER BEER!!! I feel like there is something else in the Potter world that I wanted to try, but I can't think of it now. When I do…I'll be back.

    Does it count if I wrote the food? In my current novel my mc eats a PB&J on Banana Nut Bread. I've never had that and can't really say why I thought it would be good, but now I want to eat it SO bad that I'm going to have to make some banana nut bread when I get home.

    Oh, I remember now…PUMPKIN JUICE!

  3. Carol Benedict Says:

    I ate green eggs and ham at Universal's Islands of Adventure, but it wasn't nearly as tasty as Dr. Seuss made it sound in the book Green Eggs and Ham.

  4. Patricia Says:

    In Sunshine, by Robin McKinley, the main character is famous for her desserts. I wanted one of everything described in that book, especially the cinnamon rolls.

    @Karen, I think it's actually possible to juice a pumpkin. You could add cinnamon and nutmeg to it, and it would be AWESOME. Butterbeer, however, doesn't exist and I really, really, REALLY wish it did! Also fizzing whizbees.

  5. Ann Finkelstein Says:

    The appeal of Turkish Delight was dampened for me by reading Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. I’d like to have some lembas to munch on while hiking.

  6. Stephanie Perkins Says:

    Oh, Kate! This is one of my FAVORITE topics of discussion!!!

    OF COURSE Turkish Delight is the first thing I think of, too. And there's an even better scene in the same novel with Mr. Tumnus (Why my cat is named after the character!) in which Lucy and Mr. Tumnus share multiple delicious simple snacks together.

    I'd also agree to Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, and the cinnamon rolls in Sunshine mentioned above. And one of my favorite lunchtime meals is a bufriedo, from Looking for Alaska. I've even upgraded it to a "bufriedochilada" — fried burrito covered in enchilada sauce. YUM.

    Tabasco sauce on popcorn is my favorite movie-watching snack, and I got the idea from Lisa Yee's Millicent Min, Girl Genius. She also had an EXCELLENT description of food cart tacos in Absolutely Maybe.

    Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat made me want an Oki Dog, a wish that was fulfilled with Amy Spalding a month ago!

    Jeanne Birdsall's The Penderwicks made me eternally crave gingerbread in the summer, and Rachel Cohn's Gingerbread finally got me drinking (and hooked on) coffee.

    Roald Dahl created several things I wish were real: Frobscottle from The BFG and that fizzy lifting drink from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (a book that could have its own list), especially!

    There's a cute cookbook by Jane Brocket called Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer which is ALL RECIPES FROM CLASSIC CHILDREN'S NOVELS. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of the recipes are from English novels that were never big in America. It's still worth buying, though! It's filled with cozy treats. I have another great cookbook called The Pooh Cook Book by Milne/Ellison which is way more appetizing than it sounds. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I've been meaning to blog about this for years!

    (Ohmygosh, could I be more enthusiastic? Sheesh.)

  7. Stephanie Perkins Says:

    This is why my characters are always eating, btw.

  8. --Deb Says:

    I've always wanted to know what an Antwerp Flinder was–Mark Helprin buys a bunch of these hot, warming beverages in "A Winter's Tale"–with rum for the adults, but not for the kids–and they sound delicious. I've always been curious.

    Anne McCaffrey's klah and Robin McKinley's Malak, too…

    (Apparently I'm most curious about beverages!)

  9. Mandy P. Says:

    So I had both butterbeer and pumpkin juice at Universal's Islands of Adventure and I didn't like either. It dashed my hopes and dreams. I don't think I'll ever read Harry Potter the same way again. On the other hand, a lot of people liked both drinks.

    I've always wanted to eat a feast at Redwall. The way Brian Jacques describes food makes my mouth water and my stomach rumble.

    And I agree on Turkish Delight. If it's so good that it makes you want to follow the White Witch, it's got to be awesome.

  10. Olivia Says:

    Lots of Harry Potter foods.

    Also, although I'd had cinnamon rolls many times before, I remember when I read Breaking Dawn, the description of the cinnamon rolls made my mouth water.

  11. Kathleen Says:

    Seconding the calls for Turkish Delight and Butterbeer. And you actually can try Butterbeer–at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in FL, which is JK Rowling-approved! Too bad I live so far away…

    Also, check out this birthday cake for Agatha Christie's 120th:… It's based on one described in a Miss Marple mystery, and looks divine!

  12. celsie Says:

    I have to say, I wasn't as impressed with turkish delight as Edmund was. Oddly enough, when reading the Uglies trilogy, I wished they sold SpagBol in stores. I'm sure it was intended to taste like all the other instant equivalents available now, but I liked the thought of spaghetti without all the cooking.

  13. Elena Says:

    Hey Kate,

    There's a reason I have a collection of cookbooks based on children's literature…although I know you probably wouldn't like it, "The Narnia Cookbook" has an amazing recipe for mushroom soup. & while the Mary Poppins one doesn't have great recipes, the text in between is fabulous!


  14. Jess Says:

    I agree about the Redwall feast! I want to go to one.

    I sampled a *pistachio* Turkish Delight and I'm hoping other flavors are better. >.>

  15. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    Elena's comment about "The Narnia Cookbook" reminded me that I have a "Little House" cookbook. It's a collection of recipes of all the foods mentioned in the "Little House" series like Ma's Cornbread, Johnny Cakes and Maple Candy. The cookbook is charming, like the series.

  16. Erin Says:

    I swooned over all of the foods mentioned in Sunshine! (Robin McKinley's Chalice also got me thinking about honey in an entirely new way.)

    Strangely enough, I can trace my love of tea to the first fantasy books I read (like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and almost every quest fantasy ever) where the characters drink tea. I don't know if I would have tried tea as a preteen/teenager if my favorite characters hadn't been drinking it all the time…

  17. Sarah Says:

    Toasted cheese, bread and fresh goat's milk from Heidi. My mother read that book to me over and over again and then I read it to myself repeatedly. I wanted a little bed of hay in the loft of our barn and I wanted toasted bread with cheese.

  18. brandi Says:

    The lamb stew that was Katniss's favorite Capitol dish in "The Hunger Games". My curiosity would have me sampling one or two of Greasy Sae's more inspired creations as well.

    I can't read any Redwall books without a plate of bread and cheese. I always end up hungry if I try to read them without something to munch on.