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How to prepare a literary feast – food in fiction

  • Submitted: 13th June 2021

Food in books will fill you up like nothing else

There are many a memorable scene where characters eat in books. Everyone remembers the famous tea party scene in Alice in Wonderland for example. Maybe the party scene in The Great Gatsby?

Why not have a dinner and prepare the following for a magical evening of a literary feast…..

How to prepare a literary feast - food in fiction

 

The Menu

 

Starters

Oysters from The Whitstable Pearl

Mains 

A selection of India delicacies from To Lahore with Love

Truffles from The Hunting Season

Heidi’s Alpine Cheese and Toast

Dessert

Edmund’s Turkish Delight – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Drink to accompany 

Anne of Green Gables’ Raspberry Cordial

 

LET’S EAT!

How to prepare a literary feast - food in fiction

Starters – The Whitstable Pearl Oysters

If oysters be the food of love…..eat away..

Pearl Nolan runs a successful seafood restaurant in her coastal home town of Whitstable – famous for its native oysters. There’s even an annual Oyster festival….

To Lahore (and London) with Love - Hina Belitz

1. A selection of India delicacies from To Lahore with Love

Addy in the novel has an Irish mother and a Pakistani Nana – what a fusion for food! Since the death of her father, she’s found contentment cooking delicious recipes from his home city of Lahore, and there is a huge selection to choose from here!

The Hunting Season Tom Benjamin

2. Truffles from The Hunting Season

If you have never tried truffles or know anything about them, then this is something to try after reading this book! Daniel discovers the secrets behind ‘Food City’ and if you’re not hungry before reading this, you will be after!

How to prepare a literary feast - food in fiction

3. Heidi’s Alpine Cheese and Toast 

“Was the milk nice?” asked her grandfather.

“I never drank any so good before,” answered Heidi.

“Then you must have some more,” and the old man filled her bowl again to the brim and set it before the child, who was now hungrily beginning her bread having first spread it with the cheese, which after being toasted was soft as butter; the two together tasted deliciously, and the child looked the picture of content as she sat eating, and at intervals taking further draughts of milk.

How to prepare a literary feast - food in fiction

4. Edmund’s Turkish Delight – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Who can forget the magical food in this novel. When the White Witch gives Edmund the choice of having any food he can think of, he picks turkish delight.

The White Witch has a magic bottle which she holds and lets a drop of liquid fall onto the ground….

“and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.”

How to prepare a literary feast - food in fiction

5. Marilla’s Raspberry Cordial from Anne of Green Gables

Marilla was famous for her currant wine and Anne, thinking she was serving her best friend, raspberry cordial, picked up a bottle of this instead. Currant wine is strong and alcoholic so…you can guess what happened. This is one of the funniest scenes in the story.

 

Enjoy! What a BookTrail brunch this would be!

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