Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Food That Reminds You of Certain Books (suggested by Lydia @ Lydia Schoch)
I love pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is a delicious food that I eat pretty much once a year, but that once a year is always amazing. The book that this food reminds me of is Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick.
An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.
Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years.
With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.
First of all, the name of the town that Truly and her family moves to is called Pumpkin Falls.
That however, is not why pumpkin pie reminds me of the book Absolutely Truly. The reason is actually Aunt True’s mini pumpkin whoopie pies.
Truly’s amazing Aunt True gives the customers at Lovejoy books complimentary mini pumpkin whoopie pies, and whenever I have pumpkin pie it reminds me of them!
Blue food in general makes me think of a certain book/series, and more specifically a certain specific character. That character is… Sally Jackson, and the books are the Percy Jackson books!
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
First off, before I get into blue food and how amazing Sally Jackson is, I have to say, those blueberries do not do justice to the amount of blue food that is described in the Percy Jackson books.
Also, there’s going to be a few spoilers in the next bit for The Lightning Thief…
- Sally Jackson marries Gabe Ugliano and puts up with his abusive treatment to protect her son, because Smelly Gabe’s terrible smell keeps the monsters away
- Sally Jackson uh, is in the underworld as Hades’ prisoner, and stays alive. I think that that is pretty impressive.
- Sally Jackson turns Smelly Gabe into a statue using Medusa’s head, then uses the money to take creative writing classes at NYU
Sally Jackson is pretty awesome, okay!
Maple syrup & snow
Odd combination, right? Well, my family has a tradition that whenever it snows or whenever we’re somewhere where there’s snow, we boil maple syrup and pour it over plates of snow. Then, it turns into a sweet and delicious hard candy.
Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack.
There is a scene in Little House in the Big Woods where they’re making maple syrup, and Laura and her cousins run outside and fill their cups with snow, then they all pour maple syrup on it.
One thing that I really love about the little house books, is that Laura Ingalls Wilder does an amazing job describing food, and that shows in the maple syrup harvest part of the book.
What are some foods that remind you of certain books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Chat with me in the comments below!