If your favourite book was a food, what would it taste of?
- Would it taste of a filling pasta dish with smoky tomatoes and spicy meat?
- Would it taste of a dense gooey chocolate cake?
- Maybe it would taste of the first fresh berry of the season from your garden?
- Perhaps it would be like one of the sweets in my photo above?
- Or maybe it’s a grilled cheese on toast on a cold day type of book?
I was reading a marvellous little book the other day which made me think of this question. The book was ‘The little Paris bookshop’ by Nina George and translated from it’s original German by Simon Pare. The story is about a floating bookshop and an owner who could sense what book you needed – not wanted – but as he’d experienced trouble in love he took to the French river-ways with a young author and Italian cook in-tow (as you would) in an attempt to come to grips with it all. To begin with the story didn’t really capture me and that surprised me as the topic was so marvellous and I had heard good things about it. I persevered though and am so glad I did. There aren’t many novels that I have post-it notes sticking out of the top of so that I can come back to ideas in it, but this book now has three.
One of these post-it note sections was near the end of the book which went like this:
He asked others to tell him about their favourite things. Cooks loved their knives. Estate agents loved the jangle made by a bunch of keys. Dentists loved the flicker of fear in their patients’ eyes; Perdu had guessed as much.
Most often he asked, ‘How should the book taste? Of ice cream? Spicy, meaty? Or like a chilled rosé?’ Food and books were closely related…
This of course got me thinking about books that I’ve loved and what I would imagine they would taste like. Also about how that would be different from person to person. For example I would say that the Harry Potter series would taste like a well made Italian meal served with plenty of red wine. If you’ve read it how would you describe it?
I’ve been having a hot chocolate craving lately where I can’t seem to get enough of them, so I guess my next book should feel like that if it will truly satisfy. What are you in the mood for? How would you describe your current book or what would your favourite book taste of?
I’m off to pursue my to–read pile for a hot chocolate.