Monday, October 16, 2017

TTT: Food In Books

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!

The topic this week is 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.)

At first I thought, "Oh, I can't think of any particular book foods.  Other than November cakes.  And Turkish Delight, of course.  Oh, and there's pulled taffy, and maple sugar drizzled in the snow..."  Alright, FINE.  I can think of book food.  Mostly desserts, because duh.


1.  November Cakes in The Scorpio Races
Finn finds my left hand, opens my fingers, and puts a November cake in my palm. It oozes honey & butter, rivulets of the creamy frosting joining the honey in the pit of my hand. It begs to be licked. 
It sure does.  Apparently Maggie Stiefvater has actually developed a recipe for the treat she made up for her book.   I haven't tried it yet, but you definitely should.  I should too.  Let's all make November cake!

2. Turkish Delight in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing she would ask him whether he would like some more.  
I understand that Turkish Delight is often a disappointment to people who read the book before they taste it, but I quite like it, and can see how it would have been a delightfully exotic and tasty treat for an English boy during WWII.

3. Maple syrup boiled down and drizzled in the snow from Little House in the Big Woods and Understood Betsy.

She found a clean white snow-bank under a pine-tree, and, setting her cup of syrup down in a safe place, began to pat the snow down hard to make the right bed for the waxing of the syrup.  The sun, very hot for that late March day, brought out strongly the tarry perfume of the big pine-tree. Near her the sap dripped musically into a bucket, already half full, hung on a maple-tree.  (from Understood Betsy)

I'm digging all the archaic hyphens.   They always made it sound so fun, but then, Little House in the Big Woods also includes a scene that makes playing with an inflated pig bladder from a freshly slaughtered pig sound fun.

4.  Pulled taffy from Little Women (I think?!?) and The Bobbsy Twins (maybe?!?) definitely in Raggedy Ann Stories.

"I know how we can have a whole lot of fun!" Raggedy Andy said to the other dolls.  "We'll have a taffy pull!" 
This is another one that popped up in the old children's books (does Anne pull taffy in high school?) and always sounded enchanting to me.  Now it just sounds like a royal pain, and I'll buy my taffy at the beach like a sane person, thank you very much.

5. Fried green tomatoes from, yes, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.  Since it's the title, I'm not searching for a quote, but I will say there was one year when I was staying with my parents and they had a ton of tomatoes that weren't ripening, we looked up how to make this, and it was super yummy.  And yes, the idea for how to use them came solely from this book title.  No southerners in our family tree.  (My mom's other use for green tomatoes was making a moist chocolate cake, which I also highly recommend.)

6.  The Christmas goose in Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of bone upon the dish), they hadn't ate it all at last!
Typing that out, I realized the probable origin of my tendency to write long sentences, full of parenthetical asides.  Too much Dickens in my impressionable youth. 

Those are all the delicious (or at least delicious sounding) foods I remember from literature.  There's also Anne's blackberry cordial and Katniss's feast on the train, but I'm going to call it good for now.  Go forth and read about other delicious stories throughout the community!



  1. I love real maple syrup! And that quote is enough to make me hungry for something to drizzle syrup on. :) The pig bladder, though, that's something else again ha ha.

  2. Ohh, I like that you found quotes. Now I’m hungry.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I totally forgot about November Cakes but I would love to try them!
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  4. This list is putting tears in my eyes, because you have included so many major books from my childhood. True story: I became obsessed with finding Turkish Delight after reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

  5. I love this list! I had forgotten about several of these -- like the commenter above, they took me back to my childhood reading loves. Thanks for that :)

    Happy TTT!

  6. Hi! Omg, The Bobbsey Twins! That's a definite flash from the past :)
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  7. Seeing November Cakes everywhere this week makes me feel like an utter failure. Scorpio Races is one of my favorites and yet I could not remember this? I need a reread pronto.


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