I was just savouring a good lunch when I had this great idea. Not for the first time did I think this but the idea became more exciting when I thought of the possibilities.
I like to update Twitter or Facebook with tidbits like this:
- Earl Grey rooibos, Président Camembert, toasted Swedish light rye, and perfectly boiled egg. Sigh.
- The chillier I get, the spicier my tea… savouring a mug of spiced plum rooibos and @Robin_Spano‘s Dead Politician Society before work.
- A square of Lindt’s melt-in-your-mouth Orange Intense with my chocolate chai, after all-spice, maple french toast…
- Yorkshire Tea, gently scrambled eggs, and rye toast with butter.
- Leisurely Earl Grey and a scone with butter and marmalade.
Well, you get the picture. I love good food. And tea. Not too long ago, my sister, the one who loves to cook like a chef, came over and taught me a few things. Since then, I’ve made somewhat of an effort, usually on weekends, to take the time to prepare something consciously rather than hurriedly and without thinking, and then sit and truly enjoy it.
So this afternoon, as I sat with my book in hand and my simple lunch of homemade vegetable soup, English crackers, and Camembert and Danish blue cheese, topped off by a square of smooth Lindt Madagascar dark chocolate and sips of chocolate chai, I thought about food in novels. I’ve read a lot of great books with food in them to make your mouth water.
Then I thought of Biblio, a marriage of books and tea, mainly, but also some light food. Like many, I love to have a mug of something and a treat while I read. So what if, on a particular day of the week, I posted something delicious on here for you to try with your next read?
The idea is to take food from novels and make it and then post about it here. I’m no chef, by any means, but usually whatever I make works out. So here’s a list of books and food I’ve thought about so far:
- The spiced hot chocolate from Chocolat and and something from Blackberry Wine
- recipes from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes, and Even More Revolting Recipes, like Bruce Bogtrotter’s Cake
- Groaning Cake from Ami McKay’s The Birth House (it’s delicious; the recipe is in the book! It’s a great idea to do with a book club)
- Custard pie from Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (though hopefully better tasting!)
- the orange castle from Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
- etc. (Suggestions?)
I can include culinary delights from Muriel Barbery’s Gourmet Rhapsody and Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series, pioneer meals (without meat; I’m a veg) from Little House on the Prairie series, food from Ibsen’s Babette’s Feast, Dickens’s Christmas Carol or his others, Pumpkin juice or something more appetizing (Butterbeer?) from Harry Potter… Dare I even try making something like lembas bread from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (perhaps Beorn’s twice-baked honey-cake in The Hobbit would be more appetizing)?
What do you all think of this idea? Is it something you’d like to see here? In my business plan for Biblio, I also have an idea for gift baskets that feature novels matched with a treat and tea that reflect the book; this literary food post idea sort of continues that or at least makes something similar to it happen before I can open up shop.
I’ve long had a mind to expand this site beyond book reviews and book news, and the ideas are many, though still in keeping with literary loves. It just takes time and also feedback from you. Let me know what you think of this idea and also if you have suggestions, either for bettering the project or to offer book titles and their foods, whether for me to try here or for readers looking for more book recommendations. It may be that instead of actually making the food, I simply post virtual “gift basket” ideas, but whatever you’d like to see here most, I’d like to try.
It seems I’m not the only one, of course, who’d like to try food in fiction. Here are a few books I found on the subject as well:
The Literary Gourmet: Menus from Masterpieces Linda Wolfe, ed.
The Book Lover’s Cookbook by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger & Janet Kay Jensen
Recipe for Murder: Frightfully Good Food Inspired by Fiction by Esterelle Payany