Food moments that have us salivating!

Looking back at your childhood, have you ever found yourself revelling in and tantalised by mouth-watering descriptions of food in your favourite books, with you ultimately ending up taking a trip to your kitchen?

Fasting increases our innate love of food, almost as much as we adore books. And when the two things merge, the combination is magical. As we look forward to our Eid feasts, let’s take a look at some of our favourite narrations of food in children’s literature.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

“And really it was a wonderful tea. There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a sugar-topped cake.”

This was a tea party a carb-lover would literally drool for. The host is the friendly faun, Mr Tumnus, who invites Lucy to join him for afternoon tea when she accidentally stumbles into the mystical land of Narnia.

But that’s not the only time the book had us craving for food; who can forget the Turkish Delight that was so sugary and powerfully delicious that it led Edmund to deceive his siblings to The White Witch?

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

“They ate in the zoo restaurant, and when Dudley had a tantrum because his knickerbocker glory didn’t have enough ice cream on top, Uncle Vernon bought him another one and Harry was allowed to finish the first.”

Rowling clearly took a great deal of inspiration from her own homeland with regards to food served at Hogwarts and we couldn’t stop salivating over her descriptions. The meals in Harry Potter are quintessentially English cuisine – lots of custard tart, sausages and mash.

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Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne

“Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o’clock in the morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates and mugs; and when Rabbit said, ‘Honey or condensed milk with your bread?’ he was so excited that he said, ‘Both,’ and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, ‘But don’t bother about the bread, please.’”

Winnie the Pooh played a huge role in contributing towards honey and bread being a staple diet in many households. Pooh Bear will stop at nothing to get his hands on some honey; his commitment towards this sweet fluid is bizarre yet consistent.

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The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“That night he had a stomach ache.”

Eric Carle took craving to another level with this story about a caterpillar that eats its way through chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, a slice of watermelon and more before emerging as a butterfly. There really has never been more delicious sounding treats than what the hungry caterpillar consumes throughout the book.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

"Once there was a little girl called Sophie, and she was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie's mummy said, 'I wonder who that could be?”

What Sophie and her mother surely didn’t anticipate seeing was a huge tiger at the door! This classic tale of teatime mayhem is sure to tease your taste buds as Tiger devours just about every item of food in the house, from the afternoon tea to even the dripping water from the tap. The very next day, Sophie buys a big tin of tiger food, but does the tiger return? Read Kerr’s popular picture book to find out!

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