Delighted to be featured as a guest again on Chris, the story reading ape’s blog, with the second installment of how food can be used in fiction.
As a writer, I find it seeps into my stories a lot. My characters seem to enjoy it. 😊
What about you? Do you like to read books that show real characters with appetites like ours? Does it add flavour to your reading material?
Food can play many different roles in fiction writing. It can set a scene, tell much about a character, even become a player in the story. Since it’s important to engage as many of the reader’s senses as possible, food can be a very useful tool in the author’s toolbox since food description can involve sight, sound, texture, taste and smell – all five of the senses. A real bargain package.
According to The Good Food Guide:
“Children’s literature makes for rich pickings when it comes to culinary descriptions: there’s moment after juicy moment in Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or James and The Giant Peach.
The description of Amy’s ‘pickled limes’ in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women – ‘plump and juicy’ in their ‘moist, brown-paper parcel’ with their ‘delicious…
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