Let’s describe books as food.

Thank you to the HarperPerennial Twitter account for the idea for this post!

So, if I were to describe my last five books read as food…

It would’ve been way too easy to pick food that was actually IN the book, or that existed only when the book was set. So I tried to pick food that a) reminded me of the book and b) was available right away, in case I got hungry while writing this post. (Spoiler: I did get hungry.)

Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling as Shepard’s Pie (Recipe)
Shepard’s Pie is warm and inviting and yummy, just like this series. It can also go horribly wrong if you don’t take the time to cook it properly, which I’m using as a metaphor to say slow down and enjoy these books to the fullest.

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani as Japanese hot pot with a radish shaped like a bear (recipe)
I have been enamoured with the idea of food art ever since I saw this photo:

Sunbolt is a book about people who’re pretending to be other people, so hot pot pretending to be a bear taking a bath seemed to fit. (Image source.)

Truckers by Terry Pratchett as blood pudding (recipe)
Sometimes food looks and sounds nasty, but it actually tastes delicious. And sometimes you want to try a new food but it’s not available in your country and that’s disappointing. This is a metaphor for life, if you don’t mind squinting at it a bit, and the entire a truckers series is about a bunch of nomes figuring out what life’s about and why they’re doing it. 

Saturday’s Child by Kathleen Thompson Norris as jello salad (recipe)
My first choice for this book was actually something like roast chicken in aspic. People haven’t really put things in aspic since the 1970s, so it’s unfortunately disqualified via the rules I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

But we totally still make jello salads! And this book is like a jello salad. It looks plain and boring on the outside, but there is hidden yumminess inside. It’s also something that I think is better appreciated as you get older, when your teeth start to ache and you can’t eat things like jaw breakers any longer because of danger and future regrets. The under-20s don’t worry about marriage and careers and money like use oldies do, and I think they might not appreciate this book as much as the ones who’ve gone through at least one quarter-century crisis.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik as chicken tikka masala (recipe)
What better dish than a British-Indian classic for a book about a Chinese dragon raised by a British navy captain? Like, it’s the blending of worlds and cultures and making a delicious new thing! I also associate this series with the color orange for some reason, so it doubly fits. Also I just realized that I basically made this list basically all British foods; I really need to go visit England or, failing that, find a British pub around here.

Your turn! What kind of food is the last book you read?

4 thoughts on “Let’s describe books as food.”

  1. I’m finishing up Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman’s new short stories. I think they are definitely a bag of jellybeans. I like some more than others, there are some yummy favorites, but there’s always at least one black one that I just want to spit out. 😛
    And I also just finished listening to Because of Winn-Dixie. I think that might be a rootbeer float. It’s sweet with a little bite and it’s made of things that are all good on their own but even better together.

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