Thursday, September 9, 2010

Top Five Friday: Top Five Scenes Involving Food

Top Five Friday

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Because Emma sounds busy, Emily is taking charge this week! Because it's late at night and I'm in a snack mood, top five scenes involving food! Also, because I had a relevant conversation relating to this topic with my other Emma friend today. Fiction or non-fiction.

Want to play? Post your top five scenes involving food from books in your blog. You can also link back here and comment to get your link posted here.

Top Five Friday: Top Five Scenes Involving Food in Books

Emily's List:
1. Gourmet Island, from The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers
Easy, easy choice for my #1. This is an island which grows any kind of food you'd ever want. Pods full of chocolate hang over rivers of milk; shake the pods and you end up with chocolate milk. Little plants grow potato-like bulbs... these plants grow along side bubbling ponds of hot oil. When the potatoes grow large enough, the plants dip the potato into the oil and you get potato fritter! The island is not without its perils, though...

2. Harry's first feast at Hogwarts, from Harry Potter and the Sorceror's (Philosopher's) Stone, by J.K. Rowling
I really enjoyed reading about the varied and unusual combination of foods available at the Hogwarts welcoming feast during Harry's first year. Why were there peppermint humbugs at the table? What is a humbug, anyway?

3. Book IV, Chapter 4: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit, from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
" 'Stew the rabbits!' squealed Gollum in dismay. 'Spoil beautiful meat Smeagol saved for you, poor hungry Smeagol! What for? What for, silly hobbit? They are young, they are tender, they are nice. Eat them, eat them!' "

4. The marzipan story, as recounted by Mary Malone, followed by Lyra and Will's picnic scene, from The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. One of the lovelier, more hauntingly beautiful scenes in a trilogy of thoroughly lovely and hauntingly beautiful books. At once a convergence of faith and spirituality, love and fate, these two scenes are really crucial to the storyline and to the main thesis of the His Dark Materials trilogy. See Emma's #1 pick for last week's Top 5.

5. Lucy's first tea with Mr. Tumnus, from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis.
I don't know why, but I just really enjoyed reading about Lucy and Tumnus. A close second is the scene where Edmund gets Turkish Delight from the Queen. Also an entertaining scene.

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