Literary Feasts: Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Literary FeastsBeautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a chunkster of a book, but I was drawn into each and every page, and enjoyed every minute of it.  As you might have expected, knowing me, that also means that there was plenty of food for me to feast my imagination upon.  I would love to move in with Amma and let her fix me breakfast, lunch, dinner- and anything else she wanted to throw into the mix.

My family is from Alabama, so this novel, set in South Carolina, had food that was right up my alley.  There were biscuits and eggs, fried chicken, and lots of rich desserts.  Although, I did worry about Ethan’s health with the great quantities Amma was feeding him.  He’s 6’2, on the basketball team and a growing boy, but do sixteen-year-old boys really eat that much?

Again, there is a ton of food in this book.  A ton!    I had a very hard time figuring out what to feature, so I did a mix food that just sounded plain yummy! So- to the food!

I came downstairs to the reassuring sameness of everything.  At the breakfast table, Amma slid the same old blue and white china plate – Dragonware, my mom had called it- of fried eggs, bacon, buttered toast, and grits in front of me.

Like I said before, I often wondered whether Ethan was going to have a heart attack at the age of sixteen.  Amma might have been mad at him and neglected to keep his food warm, but he sure did eat!

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, string beans, and biscuits- all sitting angry and cold and congealed on the stove where Amma had left them.  Usually she kept my dinner warm for me until I got home from practice.  But not today.  I was in a lot of trouble.

Sign me up for whatever trouble he was in along with a plate of what was waiting for him.  You can always heat it up!

In another instance of Amma’s mood making itself known through her cooking…

Amma was standing at the counter in her industrial denim tool apron, which had fourteen pockets for nails and could hold up to four power tools.  She was holding her Chinese cleaver, the counter piled high with carrots, cabbage and other vegetables I couldn’t identify.  Spring rolls required more chopping than any other recipe in Amma’s blue plastic box.  If she was making spring rolls, it only meant one thing, and it wasn’t just that she liked Chinese food.

Watch out for that Amma. Make her mad and she will cook you!


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  2. I love the spring roll quote what an image. It probably helps that spring rolls sound delicious right now. I am adding this book to my wishlist right now.
    .-= Jess – A Book Hoarder´s last blog ..Sweet Loot! =-.

  3. OMG you’re killing me! After all of my gorging over the holidays, I’m now trying to stick to my Game On Diet, and I’m looking at gravy and grits and stuff! Ack! That is one great thing about the South, is that there is no such thing as too much butter!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..The Good Good Pig – Sy Montgomery =-.

    • I’m glad that they held back on the okra, or if they mentioned it, I quickly skimmed over it. It’s just not my food at all!

  4. MillyMarie

    You had me at ‘rich desserts’ *sighs dreamily* I’m glad I had something to eat before I read your delicious post. I love the 2nd meal and The Chinese Food. I’m already jealous of Amma I wish I could cook like her, but your right I don’t believe anyone can eat like that anymore. I know I can’t *sighs*. Where there any of the actual recipes in the book?
    .-= MillyMarie´s last blog ..Short Story Tuesday: William Faulkner’s ‘A Rose For Emily.’ =-.

    • No recipes in the book, but I was just happy to read such rich descriptions. Heavenly.

  5. I’ve been hearing about this post all day, but RESISTED! Until now! I couldn’t hold back anymore! Southern food is so good, and cheesy grits are about my favorite food in the world!

    Okay, I came, I saw, I looked – now back to #gameondiet! But I’ll be looking for grits and biscuits when I’m done with it!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Review of Scream for Me by Karen Rose =-.

  6. I imagine 16 year old boys do eat that much because my 13 year old niece (who plays soccer) packs it in like nobody’s business!

    All that food looks totally amazing. Do you actually cook everything to take the pictures of them?
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Book Blogger Con is On! =-.

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