May 9 2012 8:32am

Food, Glorious Food!

Certain types of genre romance require that the characters eat certain kinds of foods; for example, Regency-set heroes and heroines are always noshing on tea cakes and ices from Gunther’s. If it’s in a traditional Regency, they go to Almack’s, where they have lobster patties and orgeat.

In contemporaries, the hero or heroine always has a couple of steaks in the fridge for when the other is over (who keeps steaks in the fridge without plans for them, by the way?).

In paranormal romance, food is either a human hindrance or a left-over indulgence from pre-PNR days. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, for example, frequently sits down to First Meal, where they chow down on sumptuous feasts prepared by Fritz and the other doggen (and of course they drink—Grey Goose vodka, usually).

Urban fantasy often finds the hero or heroine obsessed with a certain type of food; in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, for example, Merit eats massive amounts of junk food, particularly Mallocakes.

What food preferences have you notice in your reading? Which of your favorite characters’ food would you like to try yourself?

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1. CdnMrs
Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti-Macon from her Parasol Protectorate serties is always trying to get her hands on treacle tart. I still haven't figured out what exactly a treacle tart is, but it sounds yummy and gooey and delicious and I want to try it :)
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
Hmm, Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assasssin series does some great cooking. I always pay attention, Estep give details...
Allison Brennan
3. Allison_Brennan
It's funny how in my books, most of my heroes can cook ... wishful thinking, I believe, because my husband doesn't!

In SILENCED, after Lucy is bruised up from a car accident, Sean brings her a pint of dark chocolate haagen-dasz ice cream, and when she had been hit with some very bad news in LOVE ME TO DEATH, he made her hot chocolate with marshmallows.
4. PatriciaBrown
Maya Banks KGI series, Garrett makes "caramel num-nums" ...graham cracker crust topped with caramel and melted chocolate! yummmmy!
Sara Ledford
5. sleddy24
I agree with LegeArtis the food in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin's series always sounds delicious, especially when Gin bakes!

I've also enjoyed the use of food in Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels books. Particularly the scenes with the saucer of milk, the vanishing apple pie and the big dinner. :)
6. Sophia Knightly
Ah food descriptions -- I love writing them and they appear in all my books. Why? Because I am a foodie! In my upcoming June romantic comedy, Grill Me, Baby, two chefs are dueling for top spot of a TV cooking show. Paolo is a sizzling hot Argentine chef who is a master at parrillada (grilling steaks to perfection) among other tasty dishes... Michaela's cuisine is delicious, yet low in calories and fat. She doesn't scrimp on taste when creating light versions of luscious desserts such as tangy/sweet key lime pie or glossy raspberry meringue torte. Yum!
Lege Artis
7. LegeArtis
@ sladdy24- Oh, my favorite food scene from Kate's books was the one with venison and rabbit sausage.;) That's from Magic Strikes. God, I love this series!
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