Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a book tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and this week’s theme is yummy-sounding food from books. Isn’t it crazy how the description of food in books will set your mouth to watering? Or maybe you read about a food that you’d love to try because of the character’s enthusiasm for it and their satisfaction after after eating it? Honestly, just thinking about my list of yummy foods is making me want my next meal…now.

Without further ado, here are the top ten yummy treats from literature that I would like to get my hands on, in no particular order.

1. Gelato from Love and Gelato: In this light-hearted young adult romance, the main character, Lina, moves to Florence and experiences a whole new life–including amazing new foods. All of the food in this book sounds amazing and makes me want to go to an Italian restaurant, pronto. What I’d most like to try, however, is the gelato. I know this can be bought at a store, but I don’t think I’ll be truly satisfied unless I get some gelato from Florence.

2. Turkish Delight from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Narnia fans know it well. When the White Witch tempts Edmund to betray his family, she uses Turkish Delight. Even though this treat is enchanted, it’s still mouthwatering, whether in the book, the 2005 movie, or the 1979 cartoon. What’s especially sad is that I can’t find an authentic version of this anywhere. My family has made multiple attempts with different recipes, but each recipe has such different results that I don’t know which one to trust.

3. Lamb Stew with Dried Plums from The Hunger Games: Every type of food in this series sounds amazing, probably because the characters in the book appreciate any type of food they can get. The one that most stands out in my memory, however, is the lamb stew, which I remember Peeta and Katniss eating together in a cave while waiting for the rain to stop. This is one of those foods I’m not sure I’d like in real life, but the description of it makes my mouth water.

4. Acorn Pancakes from My Side of the Mountain: I’m probably alone in this, but ever since reading about how the main character in this book creates his own acorn flour and uses it to make acorn pancakes in the wilderness, I’ve wanted to try some myself. However, since I lack motivation to crush acorns by hand, this will probably never happen.

5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Red: This is a book you’ve probably never heard of, and you won’t find it at your local bookstore or library. It was published by a small publishing company in Oklahoma that my sister used to work for, and that’s how I know about it. One of the most memorable things about this book is the description of the food. First, the main character–Lilly–moves across the country and stays with her grandmother, who is always baking delicious-sounding cookies. Lilly also goes to amazing restaurants, where all the food sounds good. One of Lilly’s own specialties are her grilled cheese sandwiches, which she is perfectly and consistently able to brown on both sides. Even though this is a simple and common dish, this book makes it sound amazing!

6. Susan Sowerby’s Meals from The Secret Garden: Susan Sowerby is Dickon’s mother, and seems an ideal woman, who both Mary and Colin cling to as a mother figure. At one point, the three children–Mary, Colin, and Dickon–spend every afternoon in the secret garden, and Susan Sowerby feeds them every day. Her hardy homemade meals sound wonderful! If only I could eat one of her meals while in the secret garden, I’d by happy.

7. Lembas from The Lord of the Rings: Lembas is an elvish bread made especially for travellers to keep their stomach’s full while eating only a very little. Since it’s elvish, and elvish equals perfect, this bread must take amazing, as well as being practical. If only I could get my hands on some this fantasy bread…

8. Cafe Breakfast in The Atonement Child: This book is one of my favorites, not surprising since it’s a Francine Rivers book. At one point, the main character–Dynah–runs away and stops at a cafe/restaurant that looks run down from the outside, but the food is actually amazing. Luckily, breakfast for dinner is pretty common for me. I can easily throw together some eggs, bacon, and hash browns, and it’s always just right. Yum yum yum.

9. Honey from Winnie-the-Pooh: Most everyone has tasted honey. It’s a common ingredient at the store, but the obsession with honey in the Hundred Acre Wood increases the appeal of honey 100x. Honey looks especially sweet and sticky and delicious in the cartoon when Pooh bear digs out giant lumps of it with his paw.

10. Sweet Water from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: On their way east to find the edge of the world, King Caspian and his crew sail through many dangers and have many adventures. Near the end of these, Reepicheep the mouse jumps overboard and discovers that the water is sweet–not salty–which means that it is safe to drink. For the rest of the trip, the crew only drinks this water, and they have nothing else–not even food. Until they reach the utter east, they are entirely satisfied by this sweet water. The way the book describes it, this water is smooth and refreshing, almost magical.


Yum, yum, yum…now I need to go home and bake.

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