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Food and Books: Snacks for Reading

My Facebook wall has been buzzing with the new Outlander series on Starz. It’s taken the place of Downton Abbey for many of my friends, but I prefer books to TV so I picked up the first book in the series to see if I could keep up. I think I read it forever ago, but it didn’t make an impression. I might have been too young because I’m really enjoying it this time!

The story takes place in Scotland and I noticed as I was reading that I started to crave the food that the characters were talking about. Breads and meats and ale…it got to the point where I was so hungry I had to take a break from reading. I finally gave in and hit the grocery store to get fixings for a ploughman’s dinner: cucumbers, breads, cheeses, pears, and herring.


I find nothing more satisfying than nibbling on a little something that happens to go with the book I’m reading. Here are 7 of my favorite literary lunch combos:

Raspberry Cordial and Mrs. Irving’s Delicious Shortbread Cookies – Anne of Green Gables

Chocolate Chicken with Rose Petals – Like Water for Chocolate

Southern Tea Cakes – To Kill a Mockingbird

Peasant Bread – The Pillars of the Earth

Gingerbread and Homemade Butter – the Little House on the Prairie books

Minnie’s Fried Chicken – The Help

Goat Cheese Toast and milk – Heidi


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  • Reply sasa

    The office ladies at my work were all abuzzed about this as soon as it was announced that this was going to be on Starz — they are real longtime fans of the series. So they got me to read the first book before the show started (but had seen the promos so I had a clue what the story was) but was pleasantly surprised that it was not what I expected it to be! I just finished book three and going onto the next.

    Also, I’ve been following your Start a Blog series and am glad to say I’m almost ready to go live soon! Thank you!

    September 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you!

      September 22, 2014 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    The show is so good too! I listened to the audio books in the car, so it was pretty impossible to snack. But that probably won’t work for you.

    September 23, 2014 at 6:35 am
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