Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future weeks’ topics can be found here. This week’s topic is…
Books that make me hungry
Interestingly, most of these are kids’ books. I don’t know if that’s because food plays a more prominent role in children’s books, or if I was just a greedy kid who loved her sweets. Here are my top ten – I hope you have snacks handy!
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My first memory of a book that made me hungry is this absolute classic. The caterpillar starts out eating a very restrained diet of fruit before binging his way through chocolate cake, salami and Swiss cheese. Actually, this seems pretty relatable to an adult audience.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
How can you read a book about a magical chocolate factory and not crave chocolate? Another particularly delicious Roald Dahl book is The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, about a boy who dreams of owning a sweet shop.
3. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Sticking with the chocolate theme here. This novel about a free-spirited woman who moves into a little French village and opens a chocolate boutique (during Lent, which pisses off the local priest something rotten) will give you serious cravings.
4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
There’s something so appealing about very simple food, cooked on a campfire and eaten in the fresh air. Even bread and butter seems like a special treat when you get to eat it on your own island.
5. The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates
No doubt about it – the Larkin family know how to eat. Also, Ma is one of those women who was “body positive” long before body positivity was a thing. She’s just a deeply happy woman who loves ice cream and doesn’t give two hoots about having a big arse.
6. The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton
With all the talk of tuck shops and midnight feasts, there’s something about boarding school stories that are guaranteed to make me hungry.
7. Girls Under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson
On a less light-hearted note, this book made me hungry out of sympathy for Ellie, who develops an eating disorder. Food never loses its appeal for her but becomes an intense battleground as she tries desperately to lose weight.
8. The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin
Another childhood book about a girl who has a complicated relationship with food is the third Babysitters Club book, about diabetic Stacey McGill. I remember reading a scene where Stacey is looking longingly at a Thanksgiving window display with a giant chocolate turkey, and wishing I could invent sugar-free sweets to give to her.
9. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
This was my favourite DWJ book, and my strongest memory of it is craving a 42nd century butter pie. Rather than waiting for the 42nd century to arrive, some ingenious souls have come up with recipes for this drool-worthy treat.
10. Everyone Else’s Parents Said Yes by Paula Danziger
Matthew’s eleventh birthday is coming up and he wants to celebrate with a junk food feast. Unfortunately, his mum has other ideas. This tale of pre-adolescent rebellion will make you want to stuff your face with as many flavours of ice cream as you can handle.
Have you read any of these tasty books? And which books make you hungry?