Okay. I started to write another Then and Now post. But it was boring. So I deleted it.
Instead, I thought we’d play a bit of a game.
‘Tis the season for feasting. I’m just back from a wonderful holiday trip to visit family on the other side of the country. My mother met me at the door with a half dozen types of cookies (including her can’t-be-matched sugar cookies — heaven!) During the course of one week, I indulged in Mom’s incredible teriyaki chicken wings, her brisket, and her mashed potatoes, along with Dad’s turkey (one of my favorite “big meal” stand-outs!). That doesn’t even count my new favorite pie — Mom’s key lime, with homemade cookie crust.
All of which leaves me thinking about the food and drink in the novels I write.
It’s no secret that food is important in my novels. Jane Madison has her Cake Walk bakery (with its dozens of specialties, including the famous Almond Lust and Lust After Dark…) FRIGHT COURT has its cupcake tarot, with the characters reading their fortune through randomly-chosen mini-cupcakes. My Diamond Brides baseball books have each featured at least one meal (ah, the seductive potential of food…)
Diana Wynn Jones famously derided Stew as a prototypical Fantasyland meal (and yet, stew is a good way to stretch tough cuts of meat and less-than-prime vegetables to feed a crowd. Hobbits famously love mushrooms. The Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster is legendary for its potency.
So… What are your favorite foods in the novels you’ve read? Or have you created special foods in the novels you write? What food stands out in the magical words that have inspired you?
(For me, it was the Turkish Delight that lures Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I didn’t even know what Turkish Delight was, but it was so magical I wanted some then and there. (Turns out, I’m not much of a fan, in real life )