YA Books + Food

Ok, so I was hungry when I started this post. It was also National French Fry Day (July 13) and I was reminded of Layla from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. {Here is my Saint Anything Review.}

Sometimes, food makes either a rare appearance in a book or a frequent appearance in a book. There really isn’t much of an in between. Despite that fact that food is what keeps (specifically) humans alive, there is minimal representation. On occasion, you do get that character who is obsessed with food, or a certain snack in particular.

Saint Anything + Fries and Lollipops

Layla and her love for french fries knows no bounds. Her trifecta is so crazy brilliant. She takes her potato slices seriously. If you want to join in with her obsession, try these awesome recipes. Her family’s restaurant also serves lollipops at the cash register. If you are feeling adventurous, try making suckers instead of buying them in bulk at the store.

Perfect French Fries

Perfect French Fries


Classic French Fries

Homemade Lollipops - (c) Elizabeth LaBau


Tiger’s Curse + Cookies

Kelsey’s mentions her deceased mother’s cooking quite a few times in Tiger’s Curse. One that she mentions multiple times are chocolate-chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.Double-Peanut Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter

Double Peanut Double Chocolate Chip Cookies




The Girl of Fire and Thorns + Scones

Elisa-Lucero is a princess with a Godstone. She loves food and has the figure to prove it. When she is forced to marry a king and move to this capital city in the desert, she convinces the palace chef to use honey and make her favorite scones. It becomes her signature dish, and an enemy even uses the pastry to try and poison her in book 2. These scones from home won’t be as dangerous but they will be just as delicious.


Coconut Scones from Sister Bakers via Epic Reads

Honey-Coconut Scones from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson via The Book Lounge

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Poison Study + Criollo

I have always imagined criollo/theobroma as chocolate. Which is correct! I was proud of myself for guessing. The scientific name for chocolate is Theobroma Cacao. I also have to give HUGE props to Maria V. Snyder. Her subtle incorporations hinting to the taste, smell and appearance are so realistic that most (if not all) of her readers know what the substance is. This goes to show how the process of “show vs. tell” works in writing.


I pictured it as pieces of fudge. However, looking back at descriptions in the book, criollo is more flakey. Here are two recipes that match criollo. Experience the book without the mind control.

Fudge Bites

Fudge Brownies



Divergent Crown of Midnight + Cake

I’m not the first to breach this topic. The Divergent movie sadly focuses on the hamburger, not the cake that is the main food element in Divergent. Here are some recipes for the famous, Dauntless Chocolate Cake.

Celaena in Crown of Midnight also loves chocolate cake. She treats it as a delicacy, stuffing her face in one sitting. She devours the cake faster than she demolishes her prey.

Divergent Food


Dauntless Chocolate Cake


Rich Chocolate Layer Cake from Country Living via Epic Reads

Heartless + Lemon Tarts

Best Lemon Tart Ever


Easy Lemon Tarts

The Truth About Forever + Meatballs

Wish, the catering service that Macy joins for the summer, has a variety of foods and drinks. There is one in particular that is most popular among the party-goers: meatballs.

“‘Everybody loves meatballs.'”

Meatball Nirvana

Easy Meatballs

Meatball Nirvana





Wintersong + Chocolate Torte

Lisel’s favorite dishes are chocolate torte and strawberries. Food doesn’t compare to her love of music but after her experiences, I’m sure these treats are comforting and delicious.


Flourless Chocolate Torte

Here is a similar article from Epic Reads that I found during my recipe search: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/ya-inspired-recipes/


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