I love it when authors work food into their stories. It's fun to see what characters are eating, and it can also help establish a new/different culture or society. Look at the hobbits, for example, and their love of food in the Shire. Then they're taken away from all that only make their way to Mordor half-starved. Poor lambs. Working food into books can be a useful tool for authors, but it must be used carefully. New writers will often establish scene after scene of characters eating with no real purpose to it other than to have the characters doing something-- anything to avoid talking heads. (I can't tell you how many manuscripts I've critiqued with scenes that take place in bars, coffee shops or pizza parlours!) Not exactly the best use of food in books.
Good uses include Veronica Roth's Dauntless chocolate cake. Over in this post, I discuss how Roth used the cake at emotional points in the story.
Not all of my Food in Books posts are so serious. For example, I discuss the problem of reading about vampires in Bloody Mary: The Food of Nightwalker. Sometimes there's just a distinct lack of food that's worth noting in books.
Usually I include a recipe, in case you're like me and want to eat along with the characters. Sometimes this isn't so fun and I don't include a recipe at all--no need to thank me-- as in The Food of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.
If you do try one of my recipes or come up with a recipe of your own, I'd love to hear about it!
Here are a few of my popular Food in Books posts: (I've added a widget in the sidebar to keep you updated)
I'm working on a new Food in Books post. In the meantime...