Top Ten Tuesday: Good Enough to Eat – Top 10 Delicious Foods Mentioned in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.)

 

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I’m all about food so this was a really fun topic for me (and nowhere near as hard as last week’s!).  I don’t really read “foody” books but I definitely take notice every time delicious foods are described in the books I do read.  Here are some of my favorites.

 

Top 10 Delicious Foods Mentioned in Books

 

1. “25 CENT BREAKFAST SPECIAL” from FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE

Credit: crackerbarrel.com

 

This breakfast of champions is mentioned on the very first page of Fannie Flagg’s famous book and my mouth waters every time I read it:  “Eggs, grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, ham, red-eye gravy, and coffee for 25 cents.” I couldn’t find a picture featuring those exact same foods, but this Sunrise Sampler from Cracker Barrel is pretty close and amazingly delicious (although, as expected, it costs a bit more than a quarter, haha.)

 

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2. ELIZABETH’S FIRST AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MEAL in EAT, PRAY, LOVE

  

I think the “EAT” section of Eat, Pray, Love was the only part of this book that I enjoyed and my favorite part of it was the first meal Elizabeth has when she arrived in Italy.  Everything about it just sounds divine:  Spaghetti alla Carbonara, sauteed spinach with garlic, zucchini blossoms stuffed with cheese, warm bread dipped in olive oil, red wine, and tiramisu for dessert.  Pure heaven!

 

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3.  MINNIE JACKSON’S FRIED CHICKEN from THE HELP

    

One of my favorite scenes from The Help is when Minnie Jackson decides to help Mrs. Celia cook for her husband and she shares her secret recipe for what can only be described as the most delicious fried chicken in their whole town.  Just listening to her describe it makes my mouth water.  Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food, isn’t it? (Now, as delectable as Minnie’s chicken sounds, I do, however, think I’ll pass on her chocolate pie. LOL!)

 

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4. OREOS from SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

I think one of the reason I adore this book is because Simon is as Oreo-obsessed as I am.  I love all of the special, seasonal flavors that Nabisco comes up with, but the originals will always have my heart.

 

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5. CHOCOLATE MINI EGGS from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED

Not only is Becky Albertalli an incredible writer, she also has great taste in snack foods.  Simon has his Oreos, and Molly and Reid have their chocolate mini eggs.  Have I mentioned that I also love chocolate mini eggs?  Especially the ones from Cadbury.  Mmmmmm….

 

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6. LEMON TARTS AND PUMPKIN PASTIES from HEARTLESS

  

One of my favorite parts of Marissa Meyer’s Heartless is that main character Cath dreams of being a baker and spends quite a bit of time cooking delicious pastries and cakes.  Two of her creations that made my mouth water were her lemon tarts and her pumpkin pasties.  I could totally relate to the Cheshire Cat when he was stealing desserts every time Cath had her back turned!

 

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7. BUTTERBEER from the HARRY POTTER series

Credit: Intoxicology

 

 

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8. MAIRE’S MAGICAL NUT-STUDDED COOKIES from MAGIC BITTER, MAGIC SWEET

Credit: Hershey’s

In Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet, Maire is a baker who can make the most delicious desserts.  Not only are they melt in your mouth delicious, but they are also infused with magic.  My taste buds would tingle after time there was a description in the book of some of her most popular desserts.  A stand out for me were her buttery nut-studded cookies.  I’m not exactly sure what a nut-studded cookie looks like but these cookies from Hershey’s are what I envision while reading this book’s food descriptions.

 

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9. ANYTHING FROM THE WONKA FACTORY in CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

 

 

What kid didn’t read this book and immediately want to try every bit of chocolatey candy goodness that Roald Dahl described?  Oh how I always wanted to get my hands on a Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and a mug of chocolate from the Chocolate River.  (with Mr. Wonka’s permission, of course! I had no interest in behaving like the spoiled rotten children in the book.)

 

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10. GREEN EGGS & HAM from GREEN EGGS & HAM

 

I love ham and eggs. I don’t care what color they are. Bring ’em on!

 

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Question:  What are some of your favorite yummy foods mentioned in books?

39 replies
  1. kozbisa
    kozbisa says:

    Your visuals are killing me! So many yummy foods. I like that, thanks to Universal Studios, I got to experience Green Eggs and Ham and Butterbeer. I am a sucker for fried green tomatoes too. So good.

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  2. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    These sound delicious! I would just like to try them all, haha — your visuals look so delicious! One of these days I hope to finally make it to the WIzarding World to try butterbeer! All of the delicious pastries in Heartless sounded so good, I remember reading some of the description aloud to my mom/boyfriend and having the strong desire to bake. Great post!

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  3. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    So many yummy options! This is such a great post. Funnily enough, I’m making italian tonight and my pasta is going to be similar to that! And, also, I had oreos with my lunch so I’m feeling the vibe of this entire post! Great job.

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