This is what happens when the good people at The Broke and the Bookish leave me unsupervised. This week is a freebie and I was raking my brain trying to come up with something to make a list about...
But I was hungry. Which is where this list came from. I can neither confirm nor deny that there was much snacking involved in creating this list.
Fine... I can confirm. I am still eating cookies. Stop judging me.
BTW: I am pretty sure I saw Cait at Paper Fury do something similar awhile ago. Just giving credit 'cause, you know, manners and all that. And also you should check out her blog because it is full of cake, dragons and all kinds of stabbiness.
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
“And immediately, mixed with a sizzling sound, there came to Shasta a simply delightful smell. It was one he had never smelled in his life before, but I hope you have. It was, in fact, the smell of bacon and eggs and mushrooms all frying in a pan.”
I choose these books because of this passage which to this day is the reason that I keep trying mushrooms. This in spite of the fact that I do not like mushrooms. I have been doing this since I was nine years old. Sometimes I worry myself. But there are delicious descriptions of food sprinkles throughout all of the books. Literally, Edmund betrays his siblings because of food. Whether or not Turkish Delight was worth it is a debate for another time. (Spoiler: it isn't and if you think that it is you are wrong)
by Robin McKinley
“Muffin cups in my bakery were real sorcerer’s apprentice material, like the dough for the cinnamon rolls every morning could have stood in for The Blob.”
Sunshine is a baker and the descriptions of her cinnamon rolls alone are worth reading this book for. Bonus: Vampires. Warning: McKinley has a tendency to have unsatisfying endings. I will just put that out there. It also makes me realize that I should make cinnamon rolls more often...
By Brian Jacques
“Capital," cried Basil. "I could eat a stag, antlers and all. I say they they do make a wonderful nosebag for us wounded heroes, y'know.”
These books may just be the pinnacle of food description. There are whole feast that are described and I don't care that I am an adult I still want to join in.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
by Lucy Knisley
Yes, I know. I put this in almost every Top Ten Tuesday. I can't help it that it fits and that you should read and and that afterwards you will be super hungry and need fancy food. It's not my fault.
Day of Honey: A Memior or Food, Love, and War
by Annia Ciezadlo
“Luckily, just at the world’s outer limit, right where a wandering soul needs it most, is a bar where he can get a beer.”
They say that food connects people. In this book Ciezadlo search for delicious food and a story helps her to cross language, cultural, national, and military boundaries. Food leads to understanding. Because of this book I spent four days looking for pomegranate syrup in Beijing in order to follow the recipe for fattoush. I am still looking for it
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky
“Modern people have seen too many chemicals and are ready to go back to eating dirt.”
You might think that reading about the social history of salt would be boring. You would be wrong. Apparently, the search for salt is in the background of pretty much everything.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
"'It's this sweetshop,' said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, 'where they've got everything... Pepper Imps -- they make you smoke at the mouth -- and great fat Chocoballs full of strawberry mousse and clotted cream, and really excellent sugar quills, which you can suck in class and just look like you're thinking what to write next.'"
So, I am predictable. Harry Potter fits all lists. And since the third book gives us our first taste of Honeydukes and butterbeer this was a no brainer.
Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel
"It was very pleasant to savor its aroma, for smells have the power to evoke the past, bringing back sounds and even other smells that have no match in the present."
This was my first foray into magical realism and I have to admit that I am still not entirely sure what was going on in this book. But, oh, my God, I wanted to eat all the food. And maybe ogle Pedro. But mostly eat the magic food. #priorities
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
“The snozberries taste like snozberries!”
Call me crazy but I would really like an edible version of this book. Read a page and then eat it and it tastes like what you are reading about. Come on technology!
by Sarah Ockler
“It takes forty muscles to frown, and only twelve to jam a cupcake in your mouth and get over it.”
Another main character who is a baker. Yum. I have an especially soft spot for this book because it is set in an imaginary suburb of Buffalo and my hometown doesn't get much representation.