A few months ago, I plopped down in my trusty rocker, grabbed a book, and pored over the pages. As I read along, the character suddenly smelled bacon frying. The author described the tiny pieces of pork in vivid detail, the precious little lamb chop.
My stomach rumbled as I flipped to the next page. Bacon. Hmm.
I eyed the clock: 2:00 a.m. It was too late to go out, unless I wanted someone to mug me, which I didn’t, so I pushed myself onward, trying to stay focused on the story.
Then the salivating began. A BLT doesn't sound bad right now.
Ahem. I wonder where that thought came from?
I set the book aside, tiptoed to the kitchen, and discovered I didn’t have any bacon, let alone the rest of the ingredients to make a BLT. (It was probably a good thing. I mean, who really wants to cook in the middle of the night? Although I've done it before, it doesn't make my husband too happy, let me tell you.)
Anyway, this has happened to me more times than I can count. I think authors should put food disclaimers on their novels.
Since there’s no such thing, though, I decided to compile a short list to prevent other readers from going through what I did.
- For an Amish novel, stockpile lots of sweets. Those gals do some serious baking.
- If you’re reading a mystery/suspense/thriller, as well as supernatural suspense, have something crunchy on hand to get you through those edge-of-your-seat moments. Chips, nachos, or pretzels should do.
- For a romance, well, let’s be honest. Food’s the last thing y’all are thinking about.
- Oh, and for historical novels, I suggest bacon, potatoes, and other hearty morsels of food. Those women knew how to put out quite the spread.
Novel Morsels: Your Favorite Authors Bringing Recipes to Life (These authors definitely had us readers in mind, God bless their hearts.)
Just think, you can write down what you need for the recipes in the book, go to the store, and stock your cupboards first. When one of those cravings hits you, you'll be all set.