Literary Feasts

Literary Feasts – Perfect On Paper by Janet Goss

Hot Dog

In Janet Goss’s Perfect on Paper, Dana Mayo is a woman finally getting back into dating after realizing that she has carried the torch for an inappropriate man for far too long. She meets two men, both of whom may  be inappropriate…
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Literary Feasts – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

rhubarb-pie

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child takes place in 1920’s Alaska. The main characters, Jack and Mabel, are having a difficult time in their marriage, and an even harder time taming the Alaskan wilderness to create a successful homestead. Most times…
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Literary Feasts – Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron

lamb chops with peas and potatoes

Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift takes place in Rwanda and a  lot of the staple foods were unfamiliar to me, with the exception of a few vegetables. All of the food sounded delicious, and I took to the internet to look some of…
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Literary Feasts – The Beginners, by Rebecca Wolff/ Lamb Chops With Green Peas and Mashed Potatoes

lamb chops with peas and potatoes

Food in books usually serves a purpose greater than just the delight of my food loving heart. What people eat and how they react to it gives insight into their socio-economic status, tastes and preferences and character. In The Beginner,…
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Literary Feasts: The First Husband, by Laura Dave/ Lobster Scrambled Eggs

Lobster and Eggs

I always feel like I have hit the jackpot when a character in a book is a chef. Yummy things are usually in store, and that is definitely the case in The First Husband by Laura Dave, due out next…
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Literary Feasts: Enclave, by Ann Aguirre/ Or Why There Are No Feasts In a Dystopian Society

Fish

Food in books is not always plentiful or yummy, especially when you live in a dystopian society where the goal of food may be primarily for sustenance and nutrition, and not personal taste or pleasure. In Enclave by Ann Aguirre…
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Literary Feasts: Dark Mirror, by M.J. Putney

oxtail soup

Lately, as I have considered food in book I have looked at the way that the food discussed contributes to the mood and shores up what is being communicated in the story. In Dark Mirror: A Novel by M.J. Putney…
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Literary Feasts: Dracula In Love, by Karen Essex – White Fish w. Wine & Capers

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Picky eater that I was growing up, it took me years to figure out that I liked sauces and I that I actually liked them over food instead of meticulously separated out and consigned to Siberia on my plate.  The…
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Literary Feasts – Stranger Here Below, by Joyce Hinnefeld: Spoon Bread

Literary Feast Banquet Image @ Linus's Blanket

Though mentioned only briefly in Stranger Here Below, by Joyce Hinnefeld, spoon bread is mentioned a few times and it caught my attention as possibly being either southern in origin (from the sound of the name), or maybe a dish native…
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Literary Feasts: Dracula, My Love, by Syrie James

Literary Feast Banquet Image @ Linus's Blanket

I love tarts.  Love them.  I think they were probably the first “sophisticated” dessert that I developed a taste for, which tells you something about my eating habits as a child.  I was a very finicky eater.  My mom often…
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