Every now and again, while reading through a piece of fiction, I a particularly enticing description of a dish or recipe that just begs to be created in a real kitchen. These dishes are often isolated examples in their little fictional worlds, and there are not enough of them to create a new blog or cookbook, but they are delicious, and deserve to be shared. I'd try for eloquence here, but I couldn't possibly top C.S. Lewis:
“The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity.’ The child enjoys his cold meat, otherwise dull to him, by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the child is wise. The real meat comes back to him more savory for having been dipped in a story…by putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it.”
Fantasy has always been my genre of choice. The mythical worlds populated by dragons and elves filled my imagination growing up, and now as an adult, I can sample the flavors they have to offer.
I find historical fiction to be a great way to engage with different places and times in history. Whether it's a book written during a historical period or a modern novel set a hundred years ago, they bring to life the people of that age.