Foods that 'represent' literature I don't neccessarily mean books about food or even food that is unique to the book (e.g Lembas bread to Lord of the Rings) just food that, to you, represents the...

Foods that 'represent' literature

I don't neccessarily mean books about food or even food that is unique to the book (e.g Lembas bread to Lord of the Rings) just food that, to you, represents the book and brings it to mind whenever you eat it. Some of mine are:

  • Rock cakes from Harry Potter, 
  • Blueberry chewing gum from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Porridge from Moomintroll
  • Ginger beer from Famous Five
  • Lobster and Blancmange from Little Women

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carol-davis | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Here are some worthy of consideration:

Green eggs and ham from good old Dr. Seuss...no way would I try that...barely green anything is to my taste.

Aunt Petunia's Violet Pudding in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I might be more likely to taste it if it were labeled the Violent Pudding.

"Eat Me" cookies from Alice in Wonderland.  Sarcastically, I have had on occasion wanted to share that phrase with some prior acquaintances.  If they would work, the way they did for Alice, they could be very useful.

The kid who stuck his thumb in the pudding and pulled out a plum should have been spanked (not really because I do not believe in it).  I might try the plum pudding if he had not put his nasty little hands in it.

In "Bartelby, The Scrivener" the character is named for a ginger nut and the ginger cake that the provides for his fellow workers. This is might enjoy eating. 

What fun is literature!  This was a creative question.

 

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The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! What the heck is porridge? Is it Cream of Wheat, Quaker Oatmeal, or Grits? And what were bears doing eating porridge anyway? Why didn't they eat Goldi? Every time I eat some sort of hot breakfast cereal, I wonder what porridge would have been to the author of this story.

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Bananas make me think of Gravity's Rainbow, which begins with a character making banana pancakes and other banana-based food. 

I recently read A Visit from the Goon Squadand in it a man eats gold flakes for his libido. That was a memorable foodstuff. 

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Whenever I watch cooking shows or see gourmet food, I cannot help but think of Nero Wolfe, who was quite the foodie!  I also can't eat scrambled eggs or corn without thinking about the books where he said it takes 45 minuts to properly cook scrambled eggs and you need to bake sweet corn in the husk and not boil it.

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The first thing that comes to mind is the sci-fi flick Soylent Green (1973), adapted from the Harry Harrison novel Make Room! Make Room! I'm an adventurous eater, willing to try absolutely anything once--except probably Soylent Green. Whenever I decide to drench my pancakes in syrup or, on the rare occasion, molasses, I always think of Walter Cunningham Jr. from To Kill a Mockingbird. His unsatisfied sweet tooth prompts him, when he finally has the opportunity, to pour molasses over his entire meal--vegetables, meat and all--prompting Scout to ask him "what the sam hill he was doing." 

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One of my favorite books of all times was old when I read it as a child. The Wind Blows Free by Loula Grace Erdman was about a family who settled the Texas panhandle. Whenever I eat a fritter, fried pie, or a similar food, I think of this book. This was a staple in this book, but there is a wonderful scene where the main character--a teenager observes a neighbor lady using her bare hands to pick up cowchips for the fire, and then she begins making the pies without washing her hands. Peppermint sticks always make me think of Little House on the Prairie, and how Laura describes how Mary ate hers with such excruciating slowness. Laura tried, but she ended up crunching away on hers.

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What a fun question! Here's my take:

Butterbeer from Harry Potter

Jelly Babies from Doctor Who

Honey from Winnie the Pooh

Blue Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Percy Jackson series

Porridge from Anne of Green Gables

(Victory) Chocolate from 1984

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