Food from literature that you’d like to sample:
1. Chocolates and sweets from Roald Dahl’s Boy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
We lingered outside its rather small window gazing in at the big glass jars full of Bull’s-eyes and Old Fashioned Humbugs and Strawberry Bonbons and Glacier mints and Acid Drops and Pear Drops and Lemon Drops and all the rest of them
2. “Foaming tankards of hot butterbeer” and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans (‘A Risk with Every Mouthful’) from J K Rowling’s Harry Potter. Flavours include peppermint, marmalade, coconut, spinach, liver, tripe, bogey, curry, sprouts, toffee, sardine and grass.
3. Turkish Delight from C S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (I’m not fond of turkish delight, but the type that Edmund ate was ‘magical’, and therefore delicious)
The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, 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 centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.
And yes, I have a bit of a sweet tooth.
A fictional meal you would like to have attended:
Not a ‘meal’, as such, but I would have loved to attend one of Jay Gatsby’s parties. Oh, and the Box Hill strawberry picnic in Emma. And maybe the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland, though I’m not sure if I could actually stand the ‘nuttiness’ in real life.
A memorable work of fiction set in a restaurant or a café:
Can’t think of one on the spot – anyone have a good answer to this?
Food you’ve tried that didn’t live up to the expectations raised by a fictional account:
Marmalade. When I was little, I used to put marmalade on my toast even though it was too tangy for my liking, because of Paddington Bear!
An unappetizing food description from fiction:
Miss Havisham’s wedding cake, from Great Expectations
An epergne or centrepiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite indistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember it seeming to grow, like a black fungus.
A recipe you’ve tried or a meal you’ve recreated from fiction:
I haven’t tried this, but it would be quite an interesting experiment to try and make my sandwiches “dance”
Food you associate with reading:
None in particular, although I’ve noticed I tend to eat a lot of fruit when I’m reading. A lot of grapes, and watermelon. In summer I sit out in the garden with a glass of frothy orange juice (not the store-bought variety). In winter it’s either cocoa with whipped cream, or green-tea latte (also not the store-bought variety).
Your favorite food-focused book/writer:
Enid Blyton! All her books focus on meals. There’s one from the Adventure series where the four children stay at a farm, and she spends about three pages describing the food – a cold ham, fresh goat’s milk, cheese and bread, scones with clotted cream and jam, a bowl of blueberries…
And I know this isn’t fiction, but Peter Mayle. A Year in Provence was at times torturous to read, because the descriptions of food were so well-written.