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We all have our favorite parts in books. They stick with us long after the last page has been read. For me, many of the most memorable scenes have to do with dinner.
When I read passages of people sitting down for a meal, I feel as though I have received a mental snack. If the right words are chosen, my stomach starts growling and the descriptions satisfy my taste buds.
“Like Water for Chocolate,” for instance, offers such detailed recipes and cooking instructions that I find it dangerous to read on an empty stomach. I am always tempted to make the sausages and rolls that are described in the first chapter, but I worry I won’t successfully transfer the literary meal into real life.
Another tasty treat that has stuck with me is in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” The mother is a genius when it comes to making a week’s worth of meals out of one loaf of bread. She would roll some of it into balls and mix in crushed hard candy, then mash another portion of it into a soup. I read that book when I was a kid and I still wonder how hard candy bread balls tastes.
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