you ever developed mad food
cravings—while reading a novel?
I certainly have, more times
than I can count.
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 skinny 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 pressed onward, trying to stay focused on the story.
Before I could finish the next
chapter, the salivating began. A BLT doesn’t sound bad right
I set the book aside, tiptoed to
the kitchen, and rummaged through the refrigerator. I didn’t have any
bacon, let alone the rest of the ingredients to make a BLT. I tapped my
finger on my chin. You shouldn’t cook this late anyway.
Although I’d done so before, my
behavior didn’t make my husband too happy, let me tell you. Banging
pots and pans in the kitchen in the middle of the night made him think
a burglar had invaded our home—not a pretty sight—poor thing.
And poor me.
A woman holding a spatula is no
match against a man packing a pistol.
But at least no one was injured.
Now that I think about it,
wandering out to get a sandwich in the middle of the night probably
would have been safer.
Anyway, I’ve come to the
conclusion that authors should put food disclaimers on their novels.
Since there’s no such thing, though, I’ve compiled a short list to
prevent other readers from going through what I have.
The following list can
be hazardous to your waistline. If you’re trying to lose weight,
replace the fattening foods with healthier tidbits, such as raw
carrots, celery, cauliflower, fruit, etc.
For an Amish novel, stockpile
lots of sweets. Those gals do some serious baking.
• If you’re reading a mystery/suspense/thriller, or a 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
• Oh, and for historical novels, I suggest bacon, potatoes, and other
hearty morsels of food. Those women knew how to put out quite the
These are just a few of the
genres/foods that come to mind. If you really want to get serious about
this, you can check out this new e-book: 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’ll be all