Monday, May 5, 2014

Food, Glorious Food

In a recent Op Ed piece in The New York Times, food writer Mark Bittman, whose book How to Cook Everything is our family food bible, talks about comfort food and how it relates to memories of family and childhood.Reading Bittman's piece, I began thinking about the role that food, with its potential for sensuality, can play in fiction. Unlike sex scenes, which can be silly or boring if you go too far, no restraint is required when writing about food—drown the pancakes in syrup, stick your finger in the whipped cream and lick it off, slurp the Turkish red lentil soup with rosemary. Hungry yet?

You're welcome to join the conversation about food and fiction at Women of Mystery today.