Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Recipes from Fiction Books That I Want to Try

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Honestly, it’s been years since I read a book that included actual recipes in it, But I do love stories that describe food, especially when they goes in great detail about it.

All of these dishes seem simple enough to reverse engineer recipes for, so I figured that’s close enough for this week’s prompt. 🙂

A strawberry tart with whole, fresh strawberries piled on top of it. Tarts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

In the next moment, her eyes fell on the White Rabbit that was serving the court as a herald and was reading the accusation that the Knave of Hearts had stolen the Queen’s tarts. In the middle of the court, a large platter of tarts was on display.”

(In my imagination, they’re strawberry tarts!)

Roasted potatoes from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett:

“Dickon made the stimulating discovery […] there was a deep little hollow where you could build a sort of tiny oven with stones and roast potatoes and eggs in it. […] Very hot potatoes with salt and fresh butter in them were fit for a woodland king—besides being deliciously satisfying.”


A blueberry pie sitting on a wooden cutting board Blueberry Pie from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White:

The children ran for the kitchen. ‘Just in time for a piece of blueberry pie,’ said Mrs. Zuckerman.

Clam Chowder from Moby-Dick

“However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us. But when that smoking chowder came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh, sweet friends! hearken to me. It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt.”

This entire amazing meal from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg:

“Idgie and Ruth had set a place for him at a table. He sat down to a plate of fried chicken, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, and iced tea.

Is anyone else hungry now?


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18 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Recipes from Fiction Books That I Want to Try

  1. Oh my, how I long for a strawberry tart and blueberry pie. This is the season to be bad with our diets isn’t it?

  2. My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is the mashed potatoes….so I agree with that! Thanks for stopping by earlier 🙂

  3. Hi there Lydia! Great idea for a blogpost! If you want to get some really great recipes and they are proudly South African, do read Recipes of Love and Murder by Sally Andrew. It’s to die for!

    Hope you are having a good week!

    Elza Reads

  4. I do like a good fried chicken. Thinking about Fried Green Tomatoes… yum. Love Fannie Flagg’s books.

  5. Strawberry Tarts…

    Fortunately it’s lunchtime, so I can just go get something to eat now.

    My response is here.

  6. I’ve never seen any recipes in fiction, but I love trying people’s takes on butterbeer…and I’m interested in what lembas bread (LOTR) might constitute…

  7. I have a page on my website devoted to pie recipes, because one of my books features a heroine that bakes pie all through the book. There’s my never-fail pie crust that I’ve taught to kids as young as 4th graders. And many of my family’s favorites, including husband’s fav–bleach pie (blueberry-peach.) Hands down, the number one around here is sour cherry pie–next morning even the crumbs have been licked out of the pie pan. But tomorrow is for my silky pumpkin pie. Tis the week to eat–even if we can only Zoom with our families. Let’s hope the December holidays won’t have to be virtual.

    • Oh, that’s awesome! I’m headed over to see your recipes. Maybe I’ll try one!

      My fingers are crossed that somehow it will be okay to have in-person December holidays.

  8. I haven’t had good roast potatoes for ages. They sounded lovely.

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