Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Favourite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading’ and, I have to be honest, I don’t really tend to eat when I’m reading because I’d no doubt get crumbs all over my book, which I don’t want.
So rather than talking about what I like to eat, I thought I’d pair books with food/drink that I think would accompany them well!
Six of Crows and Stroopwafel
We all know Nina loves waffles, so what better snack to accompany a book set in a city inspired by Amsterdam than Dutch Stroopwafel?
The City of Brass and Mahshi
The City of Brass opens in 18th century Cairo, and mahshi is a dish found in Egypt, and other countries, that sounds delicious. It’s essentially squash or zuccini or peppers stuffed with rice and/or meat and I’d like to try some immediately.
Foundryside and Limoncello
Given that Foundryside is set in an Italian-inspired fantasy world and its characters, especially Sancia, are in need of a strong drink, I’d recommend the Italian lemon liqueur, limoncello. There are all kinds of flavours these days – I tried a chocolate flavoured one in Rome that tasted like drinking Nutella – but whatever the flavour, it burns on the way down. But that’s coming from someone who can’t hold her drink!
The Wicked King and Oysters
I’m not a big fan of seafood and I’m especially not a fan of oysters, so if you are you can have my share, but as The Wicked King explores the fae under the water in more detail seafood seems like the ideal companion. Not only that, but oysters are considered one of nature’s aphrodisiacs and you can cut the sexual tension in this book with a KNIFE.
Circe and Greek yogurt with honey
I was very lucky and got to visit Crete a few times when I was younger on family holidays, and it’s there I first fell in love with Greek mythology. During one holiday there I regularly had Greek yogurt with honey for breakfast and it was so fresh and delicious, and the ideal appetiser for this book.
Spinning Silver and Chocolate babka
One of my favourite things about Spinning Silver (apart from ALL OF IT BECAUSE IT’S PERFECT) is the way Novik celebrates Miryem’s Jewish culture, so what better snack than some chocolate babka? It sounds delicious.
Daughter of the Forest and Apple and blackberry crumble
Omnomnom. I’m much more of a crumble fan than a pie fan, and apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream is one of my favourite things to eat in the winter, especially when the crumble’s so hot the blackberries have turned to jam. My mouth’s watering just thinking about it. If you’ve read Daughter of the Forest you’ll know apples have a significant meaning for Sorcha, and if not then this winter you should definitely curl up with Daughter of the Forest and a bowl of crumble!
Certain Dark Things and Blood orange gin
I COULDN’T RESIST MAKING A VAMPIRE PUN, I’M SORRY. Much like Foundryside, the characters in Certain Dark Things are in need of a drink or two (or ten) and if a novel about vampire drug lords in Mexico City doesn’t put you in the mood for some gin, I don’t know what will.
The Girl From Everywhere and Poke
Heidi Heilig brings Hawaii so vividly to life in The Girl From Everywhere that it seems crazy not to take the opportunity to enjoy some poke while you read it. Again, I’m not really a lover of seafood so you can have my share.
Scarlet and Camembert with garlic bread
Scarlet might be set in a futuristic France, but I refuse to believe the French wouldn’t still be as proud of their cuisine as they are today. I love Camembert; my parents and I usually have it every Christmas Eve, melted with some garlic cloves and then dipped into with crusty bread and it’s the best. I could see Scarlet and Wolf enjoying it, too, and I urge you to try it!