The 12 Fantasy Fiction Foods of Christmas (and the Rest of the Year)
12 Novel Treats I'd Like to Eat
One of the things I enjoy in a good book is learning what the characters love (or hate) to eat. Who wouldn't want to feast with Hobbits or sample Willy Wonka's peculiar sweets? As a writer, I love feeding my characters interesting dishes--some real (such as the hot grape pudding in The Mermaid's Sister) and some imaginary (like the horrid, squishy, gray, mushroom bread toast served by the leprechauns in The Gold-Son).
Just for fun, here's a list of 12 foods (and drinks) from books that I'd like to sample (in no particular order).
- From the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel: the little house "built of bread and covered with cakes," with "windows...of clear sugar." Note: check for lurking witch before sampling.
- From The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Elvish lembas or way bread, "more strengthening than any food made by Men," and "better than...honey-cakes."
- From The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Chocolate mice with licorice tails. So cute!
- From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Turkish Delight.
- From Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: The cheese buns Peeta baked for Katniss. (Oh how I love cheese and bread!)
- From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: three course dinner chewing gum. I know it's dangerous stuff, but...
- From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "Eat me" cakes and "Drink me" potion--for growing and shrinking purposes.
- From my novel The Mermaid's Sister: The "mysterious pastries" from Scarff's caravan served at the bonfire party (lemon and sage, or honey and black pepper).
- From The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: November Cakes (buttery yeast rolls glazed with honey and brown sugar). I've got to make some of these soon!
- From the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling: Chocolate frogs
- From Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Miruvor, "a warm and fragrant clear cordial" made by the Elves, thought to be made from "the honey of the undying flowers in the gardens of Yavanna." Invigorating and restorative--just what I need about now!
- From The Mermaid's Sister: Auntie's special Christmas morning apricot scones.Yum.
Here's my Pinterest board of recipes for some of the treats I've mentioned:
Fun Foods from Fiction
Wishing you happy and frequent feasting throughout this holiday season!