Whenever I read a book where food comes up I cheer! I’m one of those people who love food scenes in movies too and I want to recreate those scenes in my own life… so I’m SUPER EXCITED to bring you food in books!
What yummy foods are in books?
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and Bookish asks us to share our 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.) I went with some of the best book food memories that I had…
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
Food? November Cakes
I remember these because I always did love an author who includes real food and actually makes something “new” and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the scene where Puck and her brother share a cake! I found a blogger who feels the same way I did and actually MADE the cakes from the recipe the author created… Isn’t that the BEST!? She also remarks on a cool tea that an intimidating character in the book drank… Check out her site, she has a neat #Witchtober link up going on now!
Harry Potter series
by JK Rowling
Food? Honeydukes Sweetshop Goods
My favorite from the cart on Hogwarts Express was definitely the caldron cakes Harry shares with Ron on his very first trip. I found a couple recipes but they didn’t look like I remember… Still who can pass up lovely cakes!? Which is your favorite…?
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh
Food? Middle Eastern Food
I remember kebabs and lamb and flavorful rices… the descriptions make your stomach growl in hunger! GAH! Sooo good! I love food descriptions like these… they are an excellent way to world build with details that are little used!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Food? Tea and Custard Filled Pastries
GAH! Love this kind of scene in a book! What kind of tea would you have with this little beauty!?
“Sweet girl.” Yasri bustled out of the kitchen with a tea tray. Beside the teapot was a plate of the custard-filled pastries in the shape of horns that were her specialty. “You must be hungry,” she said in her parrot voice. With a sideward glance at Brimstone, she added, “It’s not healthy for a growing girl, always running off hither and thither at not a moment’s notice.” …
Brimstone spared her a glance, then said to Yasri, “And I suppose it’s healthy for a growing girl to live on pastry?”
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Food? Loaves of Bread
Peeta! And his lovely story about falling in love with a girl over bread… There is other food mentioned in this book but this is what comes to mind first!!! What a lovely memory it makes…
The Ghost Bride
by Yangsze Choo
Food? Altar Food
I mentioned this book in another post about creepy settings… Li Lan astral projects herself and can’t get back into her body. She’s forced to go to the after life where what your family leaves for you on altars or burns for you is all you get to subsist on. YEAH, CRAZY!
by Amy Tintera
Food? Cultural Clues
My writing partner recently read this book and shared how different kingdoms were delineated through different aspects of their culture, like food! This king serves this major banquet but refuses to give any silverware because he was worried they would accidentally kill him! The warriors were horrified because they don’t eat in meetings… Scenes like this run through the book in a curious way!
by Marie Lu
I thought the restaurant was a really cute scene because they are in Tokyo having Italian food?! And Wikki!! The team drone that would learn her tastes and the rest of the teams so they would have to worry about food!! YES! “When it sees me staring, it sticks its belly out, pops open the glass door, and pulls out the soda tray for me.” Personally Wikki would be bringing me noodles from all over the city…
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han
Food? Cookies and other baking wonders
Lara Jean is a gifted baker and provides her family with all manner of sweet treats! It’s really quite touching to read about her making cookies with her sisters, spending quality time together in the kitchen…
Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries
by Ellery Adams
Food? Sweet and Savory Pies
Another suggested by my writing partner… these cozy paranormal mysteries sound a treat of goodies… The author includes recipes in the book for the sweet and savory pies mentioned in the story! Isn’t that neat?! These aren’t your basic recipes… think Red Hot Apple Pie, made with cinnamon candies and Apple Ginger Crumb Pie made with a strudel topping! Plus lamb pie with mint, pine nuts and yogurt and meat pie with paprika and aioli… YUM!
Have you read any of these books?
Did you add any to your TBR on Goodreads?
What food do you want to see featured in a book?
Any favorite food in books recommendations?!
Thanks for reading! XOXO,