Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books If You Enjoy
Do you like food? I like food. Love, even.
…Did I really just open up this post with that prompt. Oh dear, well there’s only going up from here—I hope.
What a potentially questionable choice of mine to take this route. This week’s theme is based on “books you would enjoy if you like X” subbing the variable for anything of entertainment. My focus considers foodie moments in non-food/culinary-centric novels. I mean, I’m sure we’ve all gone through a love/hate relationships with people who eat food on screen because it’s food. For readers who don’t know, gastronomy is just a fancy term for, as defined by Merriam-Webster: the art or activity of cooking and eating fine food. And no, I’m not detailing cookbooks…but rather memorable scenes with the involvement of food. The only cookbook I use is Google anyways.
I’m sure we’ve all come across mouth-watering scenes involving food or maybe just we were hangry (that’s hungry + angry; especially when anger results from hunger) during the read that sparked the need to feed and find sustenance. When I look back on some novels, I’m actually perplexed at the fact that sometimes…there’s no indication that they’ve eaten food. I guess it doesn’t come across as interesting but the inner foodie in me says otherwise.
I apologize in advance if you are starving and begin to salivate as this entire post is talking about food.
1. Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien)
Although lembras bread is quite the novelty, the real winner in this entire post is:
2. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
From bertie botts to chocolate frogs, red currant rum and butter beer to a plethora of meats and pies to feast on, there have been so many different (and interesting) edibles featured in the Wizarding World. The list is endless—though, I’d imagine pumpkin juice is an acquired taste. (except these foods are not evident in the picture above…)
3. Divergent (Veronica Roth)
Now I haven’t seen the Divergent movie yet (I know, such a terribad fan…) but from what I heard…the Dauntless chocolate cake doesn’t make a cameo. Wuuuuuut. Next to the butter knife (and the zip lining, chasm, and other rad scenes), I thought the cake was a pretty iconic part of the novel. Or maybe that’s just the inner foodie in me speaking…I’ll never know. Though I’d imagine that I could probably have to eat around the icing (buttercream, maybe?)...especially if it’s fondant. I am quite impartial to fondant.
4. When You Were Here (Daisy Whitney)
One of the only real aspects of this book that I enjoyed was when he kept eating Chirashi (raw fish on rice, basically) in numerous scenes. Not sure how iconic this dish is in Japan but its seriously one of my go-to-order items at restaurants. Though I guess you have to be one to enjoy raw fish to like it? Oh my goodness–it’s so beautiful. *___*
5. Any Roald Dahl Book
From the unnecessarily giant peach in James and the Giant Peach to a place where diabetics need to beware in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I’d swim in that chocolate river though all day though) there’s so much to be had for the sweet tooth in all of us. Chewing gum that never loses it taste? Colour changing caramel? Sign me up. Don’t even get me started on T.V. dinners in Matilda.
6. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
Whether you’re eating at Tumnus’ house (eggs, lots of variants on toast, sugar-topped cake) or enjoying the Beaver’s meal (trout, potatoes, beer, sticky marmalade rolls) nothing might be as iconic as the Turkish delight—which to be honest, I didn’t know existed until I sought it out in convenience stores back in the day. And even then, I’m not super crazy about it.
7. Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Real talk: Peeta named after pita bread. Yay/Nay?
Regardless of the possibility, with the myriad of baked and decorative goods coupled with the food during the feast and Games (notwithstanding Mockingjay since I haven’t read it yet)…everything is pretty om nom nom worthy. But the better question is: would you drink the liquid that makes you vomit so you can eat more? Debatable.
8. Rush Me (Allison Parr)
An already easy contemporary romance read made easier as 30% of the narrative basically involved gatherings with food and beverages; from New York style pizza to spanakopita; chocolate milkshakes to cocoa pancakes with strawberries, chocolate sauce and whipped cream; challah bread to greasy spoon diner grub; and rotisserie chickens, corn bread, and alcohol to round everything out. Literally food galore…especially since the word food was probably used at least thirty times or so in short 250 page novel. Not to mention pizza was probably used like 15 times.
9. What We Hide (Marthe Jocelyn)
Literally, every chapter had chips somewhere or fish and chips. Chips, chips, chips. Man fish and chips is one of my all time favesies pub grub food…and now I would like a poutine as well. So hungrrryyyy. Or is it…hangry?
10. Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne)
“Honey or condensed milk with your bread?” This is some childhood throwback yo. If you’ve never had condensed milk on toasty bread… you’re missing out on some delicious shit. I mean, people always say “best thing since sliced bread” well… this is a level up on that.
Now I must go take the treacherous journey to the kitchen and whip up something to eats. But before I do, I’d like to hear what you think! What are some of your favourite foodie moments that might have made you go pick up a snack? Or were you bitter like me and was hangry while you read books and had to wait for the next meal? Anything you’ve always wanted to try?