Today’s post will make you drool. Be warned.
I was looking up recipes for a dairy-free, gluten-free cheesecake today and stumbled upon an idea. (The idea sounds ridiculous but the recipes I found look amazing and I simply cannot wait any longer! I have lived for three and a half years now without cheesecake and it is lame.)
But while I was looking at those recipes, I found a link to ‘best recipes in literature’. It brought back the best memories ever!
Taste is one of the most powerful memory-making senses. A good meal can make a day; a bad meal can break it. And when we read about meals in books, it brings us into the story in a powerful way.
Below are some of the most memorable food recipes I found in beloved storybooks, but first, here’s the writing tip for today.
Write lots of food into your own stories:
You have to inspire all the senses to get your reader to feel like they’re really there.
Taste is a huge one.
We eat a lot in real life. The more your characters eat, the more their lives and desires will seem real to the reader.
Smell is actually the strongest of the senses and carries the most enduring memories, so if you can include the smell of the food in your writing, you can heighten the experience.
Memorable foods from beloved stories:
I am indebted to Food in Literature by Bryton Taylor for starting this trip down the rabbit hole, and for providing so many great images for each recipe.
1. The Hobbit (An Unexpected Party chapter): Seed Cake
2. Peter Rabbit: Mrs Rabbit’s Currant Scones
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia): White Witch’s Creamy Drink
4. Mary Poppins: Strawberry Ice
5. Little Women: Picked Limes
6. The Joy Luck Club: Wonton Soup
7. Divergent: Dauntless Chocolate Cake
8. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: Gumbo
9. Alice in Wonderland: “Eat Me” Cookies
10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Meatloaf Meatball Spaghetti
11. The Hundred Foot Journey: Tandoori Chicken and Omelette aux Fines Herbes
12. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Cephalonian Meat Pie (Kreatopita) with Garlic Yoghurt
13. Anne of Green Gables: Raspberry Cordial
14. One for the Money: Donuts (Boston, Glazed, Cherry, etc.)
15. The Magic Faraway Tree: Pop Biscuits / Cakes
16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Pumpkin Tart (start of term banquet every year)
17. The Holy Bible (Exodus): Loaves of Bread with Fish
What’s your favourite fictional food?
This post was written by TJ Withers-Ryan © 2015. Re-blogging is always highly encouraged as long as you credit me as the author.