Being a bookworm since childhood, I remember the insane food cravings Roald Dahl and Harry Potter books used to trigger. All those elaborate descriptions about beverages, sumptuous main dishes and teatime treats used to make my mouth water and belly grumble. Even today, I can’t help feel hungry whenever I come across delicious fictional foods and drinks while reading a book.
So if you’re someone like me – who loves to dream of enjoying acid pops from Honeydukes Sweetshop or noshing treats with Bilbo Baggins – you’re in luck because these delish recipes will make your bookish food fantasies spring to life:
Caraway Seed Cake (Jane Eyre)
In Charlotte Brontë’s magnum opus, little Jane is sent to a boarding school by her cruel aunt. At Lowood boarding school, Jane meets Miss Temple, a kind woman who soon becomes her mentor. “I meant to give each of you some of this to take with you,” says Miss Temple as she unwraps a flavorful seed cake that she brought for Jane and her best friend Helen Burns. This Caraway seed cake was ravenously eaten by the little girls. And if you wonder how it tasted, you can bake one yourself by whipping up this Quid Corner recipe.
Elven Lembas Bread (The Lord of the Rings)
From Beorne’s honey cakes and Balin’s spiced beef to Shire pudding and elven lembas bread, Tolkien’s descriptions of the sumptuous Hobbit feasts always made my mouth water. Luckily, I can now try lembas bread for real (and so can you) by following the simple recipe above. If you’re a LOTR fan, you might also want to try out other traditional Middle-Earth recipes like po-tay-to onion soup, honey cake, Frodo’s scones, corn casserole and Bilbo’s tea cake.
Clam Chowder (Moby-Dick)
In the opening chapters of Moby Dick, Ishmael is seen enjoying a clam and cod chowder feast at the Try Pots Inn, before setting sail aboard the Peaquoad. Herman Melville practically shares the entire recipe in the novel. He writes, “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.” Described
by Ishmael as “surpassingly excellent”, this steaming bowl of goodness is perfect for a cold weeknight. Speaking of cozy eats, I also like this Hunger Games-inspired Katniss’ Groosling Soup recipe.
Butterbeer (Harry Potter)
Admit it, all those elaborate details about the fanciful wizardly edibles always left you a little peckish. While you might not be able to hit up Three Broomsticks for a bottle of butterbeer IRL, you can surely enjoy the cold beverage at home by trying out this recipe. Looking for some more Harry Potter-themed treats for your HP bingeathon or Hogwarts soirée? Check out these amazing recipes for acid pops, firewhisky, Cornish pasty, treacle tart, Hagrid’s rock cakes and Aunt Petunia’s delectable Violet Pudding.
Frobscottle (The BFG)
This “sweet and jumbly” drink was the only thing that the giants drank in The BFG . In the book, Dahl describes Frobscottle as ”a pale green liquid, with the bubbles traveling to the bottom of the glass.” “It tastes of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour.” So, quench your thirst BFG-style this summer, by sipping this refreshingly sweet drink. Meanwhile, if you’d like to try some more Roald Dahl-inspired fare, check out these recipes for The Witches’ green pea soup, Mud burgers and Willy Wonka’s Nutty Crunch Surprise.