Monday, April 5, 2010

Listful Mondays: Book Food

Book Food (food mentioned or described in books) that you want to eat or have eaten.

I think I should have included the word "memorable" in my topic because as I've thought about this topic, I have realized that many of my food memories in books are not food I would want to eat. So I am making two lists - memorable book food I want to eat, and memorable book food I'd rather not.

My apologies for putting this up so late in the day. I am sick. And had to known what sort of sick I'd be last week, this topic would not have been chosen.

Book Food That I WANT to eat:
  1. Bubbly pies and meat rolls from Anne McCaffrey's dragon books. (I've spent a lot of time in this world and somethings go crazy cuz I can't get my hands on their food!)
  2. Pumpkin juice and chocolate frogs from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. (There is actually much more food from Harry Potter that sounds wondrous. Nearly every meal at those magical tables sounds amazing - though amidst the roasted meats, buttered toast, and cakes, there is usually at least one thing I DON'T want to eat - like steak and kidney pie or treacle tart. I don't actually know what treacle is (it might even be a dessert) but I don't eat anything that sounds like 'treacle.')
  3. Bread and cheese from the Spellsong Cycle series by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Bread and cheese doesn't sound that great, and is in fact standard fare among traveling people, but in these books, which I read straight through, the only thing those people ate was breach and cheese. I didn't think the books were great and was frustrated with their diet, but I found myself craving, and eating, bread and cheese. I might have been pregnant...)
  4. Lembas, or waybread, from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. (Usually anything made by elves sounds glorious.)
  5. The amazing plethora of food made and consumed in Farm Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 
  6.  Polgara, from several series' and stand alones by David Eddings, can make gourmet food over a campfire, including toast, bacon, roast chicken, omelets, and stew.
  7. The Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel has some yummy ptarmigans stuffed with stuff and baked in underground stone ovens.
  8. Ambrosia in The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. (I've told my husband many times that I think bruschetta is what the gods eat. My ambrosia would taste like that.)
  9. Have you ever tasted water so good as the water Katniss (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) found right before see expired from dehydration?
  10. Unless maybe it was the water Wanda (The Host by Stephenie Meyer) chugged after her death-defying trek through the desert.
Memorable Food I Do Not Want to Eat. Ever:
  1. The cabbage concoctions by Aunt Zelda in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.
  2. The shriveled olives in The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.
  3. That same Polgara tends to make porridge a lot. Pass.
  4. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen has a detailed description of slurping down a raw turtle egg. Yum.
  5. Sole Survivor by Ruthanne Lum McCunn. This is the story of a man who survived on a wooden raft in the ocean for 133 days. Here is a quote: He experimented more daringly with food. Looking for marrow, he discovered many of the birds' bones were hollow, and when he carefully picked apart a skeleton, he saw the hollow bones in the wings were connected to their lungs, allowing them to fill with air. These he used as straws to suck out the clear fluid surrounding a fish's tiny brain, pretending he was drinking the white of egg. He crunched the eyes of fish as though they were lumps of barley sugar. And he ate the granular masses of yellowish tissue he sometimes found behind a fish's swimming bladder, finding they tasted like roe. ... Flaccid livers, chewy kidneys, crunchy marrow, fatty skin, creamy brains, birds' blood, and fish's spinal fluids offered a variety of tastes and textures.  (I have the stomach flu and that was hard to type out!)
  6. The MC in Restoree by Anne McCaffrey was trapped in an asylum and needed to fee her charge the "blue food" while she ate the "red food." Something like paste if I remember right.
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Need I say more?
  8. The endless brown bread and potatoes from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  9. Just about anything made by Sabrina and Daphne's grandmother in The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.
Food makes quite an impression, doesn't it?? I'd love to see a list from you!

Here's a real easy, but potentially long, one for next week. See ya all then. Happy listing!

{Next week: Book Movies I Own or Want to Own}


  1. omg! treacle tart is yummy. It is indeed a dessert. I think Americans would call treacle Molasses (don't quote me on that though lol)

  2. Hi !! :) just found your blog via the Book Hop !! , I look forward to stopping by often. :D I'm a new follower ;)

  3. I love your post! I love food and also food in books. :) I have a meme you might enjoy-it's called Tasty Tuesday and you match a recipe to the book you are reading.


  4. P.S. I mentioned you on my blog post today. (queen bee)

  5. Great post! This gives me food for thought :)

    I found you through Queen Bee and like it here so much I've become a follower.