Hullo everyone! I realised that this blog has so far been missing one crucial element that we hold very close to our hearts in this office: FOOD.

The first time I heard the term ‘food porn’ was in an interview/article regarding the lovely Nigella Lawson, and the rather luscious way in which she talks about and handles food. This being a respectable book blog, I will now write about a bookish–nay, literary– version of food porn.

Think about all the books you’ve read. Every once in a while, a mealtime scene takes place and just when you think it’s a plot device or a character-development thing…the author throws you off course by launching into a heartfelt and mouthwatering description of the texture and colour of every last pea that the characters consume. I cannot get past more than a couple of pages of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without running to the fridge for a large bar of chocolate myself, and as a child I would wistfully read of the secret feasts that took place at Mallory Towers. Well, today’s link is to a blog that chronicles nothing but these lip-smacking passages of food descriptions from various books. Aptly enough, it is called Literary Food Porn.

Here’s an excerpt concerning cream puffs from Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”:

“Of course Laura and Jose were far too grown-up to really care about such things. All the same, they couldn’t help agreeing that the puffs looked very attractive. Very. Cook began arranging them, shaking off the extra icing sugar.
“Don’t they carry one back to all one’s parties?” said Laura.
“I suppose they do,” said practical Jose, who never liked to be carried back. “They look beautifully light and feathery, I must say.”
“Have one each, my dears,” said cook in her comfortable voice. “Yer ma won’t know.”
Oh, impossible. Fancy cream puffs so soon after breakfast. The very idea made one shudder. All the same, two minutes later Jose and Laura were licking their fingers with that absorbed inward look that only comes from whipped cream.”

NOM NOM NOM. And while my life may be lacking in wonderful airy cream puffs right now, I must admit that we at Tusitala had a pretty delicious lunch today, at a nearby Japanese restaurant. Wild tangles of spry ramen noodles in a smooth chicken broth, topped with…oh, never mind. I will leave tantalising descriptions of food to the greats, and share instead this lovely snippet from our lunch table: the very large bowl of spring onions that accompanied Jackie’s meal.

photo courtesy Wendy, and Instagram. 🙂

Have a delicious weekend, everyone!