Good morning!! Welcome back to Let’s talk Bookish my friends! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Food That Reminds You of Certain Books (suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Schoch)
Many thanks to Lydia for suggesting this topic!! I’m super excited because you all know I love food and desserts, so talking about them with books is just amazing!
So, I don’t really have any food associated with any books? Which is incredibly sad, but I just read and ignore food for a while when I do so lol.
However, there is one amazing and delicious dessert from a book that I would love to make: November Cakes from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
I’m actually thinking about making it this weekend so that I can finally write a review, and share both the review and a recipe/pics of how it turned out. But until then, here is how it turned out for another blogger:
JUST LOOK AT THAT!!!!!! I’ve been wanting to make these cakes since I read The Scorpio Races last Novemeber and seeing this picture has just pushed me over the edge.
I don’t care that there is a total of nearly 1 cup of sugar and honey going into this and just over 3/4 cups of butter (aka ~220 cups of sugar + honey and more than 170 grams of butter for those of you who use the metric system). I don’t care that it sounds like a lot of work. I don’t care that I’ve finally been exercising and I probably shouldn’t be indulging in this mini heart-attack because I need and want this so badly!!!
Funny thing is though, I’ll probably get into the kitchen tomorrow (or even later today who knows) and I won’t have one ingredient or another. And because of this wonderful world-wide situation, I won’t be able to make it until life becomes normal again (tho this is starting to feel like the new normal tbh).
Maybe it’d be a good thing if I don’t have the ingredients…*goes to check*. Well, the only thing I don’t have is the whipped/heavy cream and the orange essence which can easily be substituted. Looks like I’ll be making this then! And I’m so excited!
Now that I think about it, some books mention different kinds of food in them which makes me crave the food so much.
For instance: after reading Written in the Stars, I was craving naans and roti and milky deathly sweet tea (it’s not always deathly sweet, but I love it that way)! I don’t think I made any of that except the naans. They were actually more of Turkish bazlamas than naans, but they are all part of the same family, so I pretty much just call the various variations the same thing.
It’s also really cool when a dish is mentioned and I know it, and then I’m smiling and loving the fact that I do know it. It’s weird. But also really cool at the same time. Another example: say I read a book with desi characters, and they’re talking about biryani or samosas, I’ll have a little moment where I’m super excited that I know what X food tastes like and also seriously missing it at the same time. I’m not desi, but having lived in Pakistani-majority areas for some years has made it a part of my childhood and I love it!!
A book that made me super motivated to bake was From The Desk of Zoe Washington, which is about a black girl getting to know her father who is in prison. Zoe is an avid baker, and interns at a bakery in her town, and I may have gotten a little jealous about that. But it was also really inspiring seeing her come up with her own cupcake recipe and it made me want to perfect a “healthy” cake recipe that I’ve come up with, and also to try and make her fruit loops cupcakes since they sound amazing. But I didn’t have fruit loops, so I didn’t make it. And I haven’t really been doing much baking lately anyway. i know, that’s very sad
Anyways!! That’s how books and food relate for me, and I love the fact that books sometimes inspire me to cook/bake. It’s also really cool when I know the dish that’s being talked about, and I understand the care and preparation that goes into making it. It’s such a fun and special feeling.
And also: hopefully the November Cakes won’t be a total disaster 😅
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Quick side-note: I may actually be late in that post that I was planning for tomorrow and I’m so sorry, but I’m trying!! Hopefully, I’ll make it. Hopefully!!
So, what are some books that remind you of food or vice versa? Have you ever made a recipe from a book? Don’t the November Cakes look so delicious?? What’s your favorite cuisine? Chat with me in the comments below.