“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” – C.S. Lewis
Butterbeer. Gruel. Klava. Turkish Delight. Lembas.
Have you ever found yourself reading through a much loved book and upon coming to a passage containing descriptions of food, found yourself wishing you could pull up a chair and join the feast? Some food is so integral to the plot of a book, or so embodies the world of the characters that we don’t even need to be told from which story the dish hails.
The goal of this blog is to feature food taken from within works of fiction and made real and accessible for modern kitchens. In addition to being a fun way to put food on the table every week, it’s an awesome way to connect with characters, fictional settings, historical figures, or one’s 4th-great-grandmother.
Since she was a child, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel has been entranced by the idea of immersive adventures. She grew up in rural New York, surrounded by cows and an appreciation for small farms. However, her real love affair with food began during a year abroad in Turkey, which sparked a passion for both food and history, as well as leading her to pursue a degree in Classical History. A lifelong artist and fantasy fan, she greatly enjoy foreign languages, treasure hunting, and all things honey. She currently lives in Boston with several other cooks, and even more eaters, including one very happy Manx Cat.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links on the blog are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed and recommend them from my personal experience. All the money earned (and it’s not much) goes right back into groceries and upkeep so I can keep making delicious fictional foods!