Taste: Inspiring the senses for readers

Our amazing wedding cake was created by Allana Rowan and decorated by Kathryn Ryan, both very talented creators.

Our amazing wedding cake was created by Allana Rowan and decorated by Kathryn Ryan, both very talented creators.

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

The Hobbit. Seed Cake. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

2. Peter Rabbit: Mrs Rabbit’s Currant Scones

Peter Rabbit. Currant scones. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia): White Witch’s Creamy Drink

Narnia. Image source: Fiction-Food.com

Image source: Fiction-Food.com

4. Mary Poppins: Strawberry Ice

Mary Poppins. Strawberry Ice. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

5. Little Women: Picked Limes

Little Women. Pickled Limes. Image source: My Recipe Magic

Image source: My Recipe Magic

6. The Joy Luck Club: Wonton Soup

Joy Luck Club. Wonton Soup. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

7. Divergent: Dauntless Chocolate Cake

Dauntless. Chocolate cake. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

8. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: Gumbo

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Gumbo - from Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

9. Alice in Wonderland: “Eat Me” Cookies

Alice in Wonderland. Eat me cookies. Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Meatloaf Meatball Spaghetti

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs - meatloaf meatball spaghetti - Image source: Food in Literature

Image source: Food in Literature

11. The Hundred Foot Journey: Tandoori Chicken and Omelette aux Fines Herbes

100 Foot - Tandoori Chicken - from India City

Image source: India City

100 Foot - Omelette - from Kansas City

Image source: Kansas City

12. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: Cephalonian Meat Pie (Kreatopita) with Garlic Yoghurt

Captain Corelli - Cephalonia meat pie - from Yoleni's Mediterranean Food and Taste

Image source: Yoleni’s Mediterranean Food & Taste

13. Anne of Green Gables: Raspberry Cordial

Anne of Green Gables - raspberry cordial from Food Fiction Blog

Image source: Food Fiction Blog

14. One for the Money: Donuts (Boston, Glazed, Cherry, etc.)

One for the Money - Baker's Dozen Donuts, Raleigh-Cary - from NC Triangle Dining

Image source: Baker’s Dozen Donuts in Raleigh-Cary, via NC Triangle Dining

15. The Magic Faraway Tree: Pop Biscuits / Cakes

Faraway Tree - Pop Biscuit Cakes - from My Little BookCase

Image source: My Little Bookcase

16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Pumpkin Tart (start of term banquet every year)

Harry Potter - Pumpkin Tart - from The Nerdy Bird

Image source: The Nerdy Bird

17. The Holy Bible (Exodus): Loaves of Bread with Fish

Bible - Loaves-and-fishes from NTC Brisbane

Image source: NTC Brisbane

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.

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