This is my first Top Ten Tuesdays post as part of the challenge put on by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s challenge is to find ten books that mention yummy foods. The books can be fiction or nonfiction, about food or not about food.
I love books that mention food. Food is such a big part of life and varies widely across time and cultures. I’m always interested to learn what people ate and how they prepared it.
This list is in no particular order and includes a variety of books: fiction, children’s, classics, and nonfiction.
The Patmos Deception
This fictional book is set in Greece and some of the characters are fishermen. They often prepare tasty meals from their fresh catches. The good food in combination with the intriguing plot, likable characters, and beautiful setting make this book a memorable one.
Little House in the Highlands
This prequel to Little House on the Prairie is set in Scotland. It has been a long time since I read it, but I still remember the food. Every day for breakfast, Martha has cream and oatmeal, and on their way walking to church on Sunday, the family munches on cheese and bread.
The Swiss Family Robinson
The resourceful Robinsons survive off the land after being shipwrecked on a deserted island. They discover exotic foods and a new way of life. Life on the island is not easy, but the island is bountiful and the Robinsons are able to thrive.
A Christmas Carol
True to the writing style of his time, Dickens wrote extremely flowery and detailed descriptions. This isn’t always a bad thing, especially in a classic, since you can learn so much about the time and place in which it was written, in this case, Victorian England. Dickens talks about food a lot in A Christmas Carol. In one instance, he talks about nothing but food for a few pages.
The Duck Commander Family
This memoir from Willie and Korie Robertson includes recipes from the Robertson family kitchen. You’ll find dishes such as duck gumbo, duck wraps, duck and dressing, crawfish omelets, and fried squirrel.
Love Comes Softly
Love Comes Softly portrays the Pioneers who were self-sufficient and had to cook everything from scratch, after having grown or raised said “scratch.” What makes this book interesting is that the main character doesn’t know how to cook, and she has to learn through trial and error and with some help from a friend.
The Light and the Glory
One of my favorite parts of this history book is the description of the First Thanksgiving. After a winter of hardship and suffering, the Pilgrims had a plentiful summer. In the fall they celebrated with a three-day feast that combined the best of English and Native American food: venison, turkey, hoecakes, cornmeal pudding, popcorn, blueberry pie, apple pie, cherry pie, and a variety of vegetables.
Back to Basics
This is the only book on the list that I haven’t read in entirety. But I have read large portions of it. It has DIY projects such as how to build a house by hand, how to raise and butcher livestock, and how to dig a well. It also includes traditional American recipes for breads, soups, and even ice cream.
The Lord of the Rings
No one can beat Tolkien at world-building. His imaginary world is minutely detailed, from clothing, to language, to food. Tolkien created fantastical foods for all the different cultures in his world. The elves have lembas, the dwarfs eat a lot of everything, but my favorite eating culture has to be that of the hobbits.
Honorable mention: Bilbo’s unexpected dinner party in The Hobbit deserves a spot on the list.
The Wind in the Willows
The animals in this book live much like humans and take time to eat elaborate meals. One memorable scene is when Ratty and Mole have a picnic with cold chicken, cold ham, cold beef, pickled gherkins, salad, french rolls, cress sandwiches, and lemonade.
What are your favorite books with food in them, whether they are cookbooks, fiction books, or any kind of book? Let me know in the comments.