I want to eat me some yummy books.
August 24, 2009 1:14 PM Subscribe
I love food, and I love fiction. I'd love to read more fiction with tremendous descriptions of food. Any recommendations?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to media & arts (61 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I was reading Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave today and stumbled across the following passage, which got my stomach growling:
"Cadal served me himself, and even fetched fresh bread hot from the bakehouse, where the first batch had just come out for morning. The soup was some savoury concoction of shellfish, which they eat almost daily in Less Britain. It was smoking hot and delicious, and I thought I had never eaten anything so good, until I tried the chicken, crisp-fried in oil, and the grilled sausages, brown and bursting with spiced meat and onions. I mopped the platter dry with the new bread, and shook my head when Cadal handed a dish of dried dates and cheese and honey cakes."
I've stumbled across similar passages in a few other books--notably, in John Christopher's Tripod series, in the few Redwall novels that I've read, and in The Wind in the Willows--and I've come to realize that I always really enjoy this sort of foodie prose, particularly when it's unexpected. I'm not particularly interested in novels about food; rather, I'd like to read more novels that are generally interesting and happen to include florid food accounts. Though the books I've named happen to be mostly sci-fi and fantasy (because that's largely what I read!), I'm open to any genre. Any suggestions, hive mind?