For those of you who are *meeting* me for the first time, I'm the author of the "Solid" series for teens and tweens, but my blog is about food in books. No, not cookbooks - food in FICTION. We all talk about what the characters are doing and whom they're doing it with, But What Are They Eating?
When you think of Lady and the Tramp, you go right to that romantic scene behind Tony’s with the big, beautiful bowl of spaghetti that ends in their sweet doggy kiss, right? Can you even describe any other scene?
Thousands of fans flock to Port Angeles’s Bella Italia where Bella had mushroom ravioli with Edward.
The first thing visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter do is grab a butter beer.
You might be thinking that such scenes or details were only significant in the movies, but I disagree. I think those things – more specifically, those digestible items – only made it into the films because they first resonated with the readers of the books.
Maybe it’s the relatability of characters when they make choices that we also make in our daily lives (as opposed to whether or not to turn into a vampire) that speaks to us. Or maybe it’s that we like to think that if we eat lamb chops and mashed potatoes, we can be strong enough to win the Hunger Games, too.
Or maybe it’s just because people are HUNGRY – for love, for power, for money, for lunch!
Whatever the reason, the food depicted in a book does something for us, so let us read, read, read…and then ask the vital question: But What Are They Eating?