Honestly, food descriptions can knock a book up an entire star. I personally consider myself a foodie and love to cook and bake, so while reading there is nothing I enjoy more than reading about a feast/snack/meal/general eating time and dying of my desire to eat said meal. Better yet is when I look it up on Pinterest and try to find a recipe.

Of course, then I end up pinning far too many recipes, staring longingly at the photography and never making anything because I doubt my ability to give it justice.

Someone give me an excuse to make this book food*. Please.

*Oh, wait!

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (1)

Remember, it’s only a game.

Cakes and ciders and everything good to eat is in this book and described decadently. I need. Very hungry. Yes.

Night of Cake and Puppets, by Laini Taylor

Night of Cake and Puppets

*gesturing wildly to the title* CAKE. And it’s Sachertorte, too, and if you don’t know what that is:


Image courtesy: Food and Wine Magazine


That’s a two-layer, rich chocolate cake with apricot jelly in between and coated with ganache. Served with unsweetened whipped cream and more chocolate, it’s probably the best cake I’ve ever tasted.

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake

three dark crowns

Okay, yes, I know most of the food in here is poisoned… but honestly, with the way that it’s described, I’m craving some of those belladonna tarts or candied scorpions. Makes me wish I was a Poisoner…

The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Molly is a Pinterest addict who loves cookie dough. I like cookie dough. IT WORKS.

The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn

This book’s food is EVERYTHING. Descriptions of jewel rice and figs and the feasts and rose-flavored food and oh my goodness please… help.

By the way, I’m rapidly discovering that it was a bad idea to write this post while hungry. Someone, please stop me.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Poison Kitchen. Enough said. When I discovered that this was a fictional restaurant, I might have cried a little bit inside. Just… goulash… apple strudel… why must Laini Taylor describe food so wonderfully?

What’s your favorite bookish food? Did I miss anything (aside from Turkish Delight, but that goes without saying) especially delicious? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts

  1. Me reading this: YES FOOD, YES CARAVAL, YES COOKIE DOUGH. Actually, I really want cookie dough like right now? I’m literally about to be like, hey, can someone go on a cookie dough run for me right now?

    I love your choices, if that was unclear! ❤


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