Considering how much we love food here at HuffPost Taste, it's no surprise that some of our favorite novels have key scenes revolving around mealtime. And since we've already shared our favorite foods from children's books, we thought it was about time we shared the best foods from classic literature.
Not only have we put together iconic foods from 10 of the best novels, but we've also given you a recipe for each. It's a completely new way to enjoy literature -- it's the closest thing to actually sharing a meal with some of your favorite characters.
Porridge (Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens)
When Oliver Twist says his famous line, 'Please sir, can I have some more?' he is referring to group, a simple breakfast similar to porridge.
Get the April Bloomfield's English Porridge Recipe by Genius Recipes/Food52
Canned pears take on a whole new meaning when the main characters of The Road stumble upon a bunker filled with food, after being near starvation.
Get the Preserved Pears Recipe by Simply Recipes
Seed Cake (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)
Poires au Chocolat
In Jane Eyre, Jane and her friend Helen are given tea and seed cake by the headmistress Miss Temple.
Get the Seed Cake Recipe by Poires au Chocolat
Spiced Hot Chocolate (Chocolat by Joanne Harris)
Verses from my Kitchen
The entirety of Chocolat (the novel and the movie adaptation) is riddled with references to chocolate desserts. Spiced hot chocolate is one featured in this novel, a chocolate recipe worthy of Vianne Rocher and Anouk.
Get the Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe by Gimme Some Oven
Egg Rolls (American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis)
During one scene in this grotesque novel (and iconic film), Patrick and Evelyn dine at a Chinese restaurant, and Patrick complains about the $20 egg roll. Food is referenced throughout the entire (notoriously creepy) story -- almost enough to turn you off from eating altogether.
Get the My Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls Recipe by Steamy Kitchen
Sausage, Egg, and Orange Breakfast (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
Birthday Cake (A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet)
While Sara is celebrating her birthday, Miss Michin receives the news that Captain Crewe has died in battle. The birthday party, represented in her cake, is the last remnant of the privileged life Sara will leave behind when she becomes a servant that night.
Get the Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Recipe by Recipe Girl