Literary Feasts: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James


literary-feasts4I love reading about food in books.  I like to cook and I love to eat even more.  So on Friday’s I’ll be sharing the culinary delights that I have come across in my reading. What better way to start off the weekend than thinking about good food in a good book.

“Cooking commence from early in the morning.  There be mutton and pork to roast, ham to bake, beef and fish to stew, chicken, duck and goose to fry, and crabs to pickle. There be bread yam to sear, plantains to boil, pawpaw sauce to stir, potatoes to steam, carrots and cabbage to chop.  There be chocolate batter for cake, flour and corn for pudding , cheese to slice and wine bottle to wash off from the cellar dust and rum and whiskey to get from the licquor merchant.” [144]

Have you come across any good food in your reading this week?

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  1. Oh, yeah. I totally forgot it was Friday. If I can find that snippet I wrote down for Friday Feasts, I’ll put up a post today. I looooove this idea.
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  2. I have a thing for novels with recipes incorporated into them. Just started The School of Essential Ingredients, which sadly, doesn’t appear to have any recipes, but the story is food related and quite good so far.

  3. I’ve been reading Jose Saramago’s Seeing, which is sort of a sequel to Blindness. The only food that constantly comes up is biscuit. Coffee and biscuit. But I have to say that The Book of Night Women sounds very intriguing.

  4. I’m reading The School of Essential Ingredients, too. It’s full of delicious passages with very interesting ways of describing food like, for example, “The frosting was a thick buttercream, rich as a satin dress laid against the firm, fragile texture of the cake. With each bite, the cake melted first, then the frosting, one after another, like lovers tumbling into bed.”
    All this reading about food is making me hungry!

  5. Matt, I absolutely love biscuits. Biscuits and gravy is my favorite thing to eat. The Book of Night Women is an amazing read. It was newly arrived so I was just reading a few pages to see if I would likely enjoy it, meaning to go on and read something else, and I couldn’t put it down.
    Michele, Just the title of the book makes it sound yummy.
    Megan, I love passages like the ones that you mentioned and they do make me really hungry. I know they have found that television commercials cause people to eat more but I would think that those little passages might serve the same purpose. I think I have definitely been inspired to cook a particular thing because of what I have been reading.

  6. Sounds great! My sister just started culinary school, so I got her a whole bunch of novels with cooking themes. I’ll have to add this one to her list.
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