The Ultimate Guide to Eating and Reading


Like it or not, some hungry bookworm will always insist on snacking while reading. While some may disapprove of eating near a book, it actually can be done without ruining your book about 93% of the time. But there's more to it than just stuffing your face while eyeballing a book. There is an art to eating and reading.

So I've taken on the task of writing a guide to eating while reading. Because these things matter, they really do.

There's a lot of ground to cover, like how to balance your book or kindle and eat at the same time. Or how to create an emergency plan if food spills on your book, or how it's actually rude to read at the table unless you are alone, and the best way to plan out your meals, snacks and books for the optimal reading experience. 

However, we'll skip to the fun stuff and talk about what foods go best with certain genres. The food or drink consumed should reflect or complement the material being read. Here are some suggestions.


Classics: breakfast. Classics are an important sort of book. Sometimes they are avoided because people think they aren't worth the trouble. Breakfast is a lot like that. Plus, it's nice to get a few minutes of challenging reading out of the way early in the day.

Fantasy: ice cream. Like fantasy, ice cream has almost limitless potential for creativity. Plus it's nice to eat something yummy and soothing while reading about all the distressing adventures in fantasy books.


Poetry: salads. I'll go with a gut feeling here and recommend nibbling on a green salad while perusing poetry.


Historical fiction: carbs. Breads, pies, cakes and bagels are so historical. Practically every book in the historical fiction genre mentions bread. People ate a ton of it. They still do, actually.

Romance: popcorn. They're both light and easy to consume.

Mystery: black or earl gray teas. Because many of the classic mystery books are British, and tea is a very British thing! Scones would also be a lovely addition.
  Westerns: beef jerky. Or cornbread and beans. Oh, yes and strong coffee - strong enough to float a horseshoe. (They always say that in westerns.)

Science fiction: pizza. With a cauliflower crust. Like science fiction, this pizza is a good standby and has unexpected elements. And this is a modern recipe – perfect for sci-fi, because it's nothing if not ahead of the times.

Literary fiction: dinner. Solid, beneficial, and all that. People have been having dinner every night for millennia. And they've been reading literary fiction for centuries. It's a good match.

Dystopian fiction: coffee and fresh fruit. You'll need something bracing so you can face all that disaster and heartache.

And in case you're wondering, I do read while I eat, sometimes. Like a few days ago, when I accidentally spilled sweet chai tea on my bible. (But it was a tiny bit, and the pages are okay.) So tell me, do you like to read and eat at the same time? Or not?

Photo credit:  Cream Cakes by Stuart Webster is licensed under CCBY 2.0 Text and label added.

Comments

  1. This was perfection! I love it! I think the choices you chose fit just right for each genre.

    I, myself, absolutely love eating while reading. Usually I stay away from the too messy or sticky foods though so I can still turn the pages (but sometimes temptation overrides common sense). My favorite is to munch on some potato chips. Popcorn is a good idea as well, though I'm not a huge popcorn fan. I do love a cup of coffee with a good book! They just go together.

    This was fantastic! XD

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    1. Thank you! :) I'm a fan of the less messy finger foods, too. I hate getting food on my books, so I try keep the book in one hand and handle food with the other - sometimes that works well, and sometimes it doesn't! And coffee goes nicely with any kind of book!

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  2. Loved this!
    I've just been reading a Victorian murder mystery (it's murder, but with some class and substance) and sipping tea with honey crackers.

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    1. That sounds perfect! Tea and crackers are an essential reading snack. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Fantasy and ice cream: two of my favorite things! :) Growing up, I used to always eat while reading. I drank chocolate milk a lot, because it's chocolate and it only requires one hand. And the calcium in milk helps you sleep (I always read before bed), so it counteracts the sugar and caffeine, right? Now, I might have a mug of tea with a book, but I'm usually too lazy to attempt too much of a juggling act with food and books! Your pairings are perfect. :)

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked it! :) Chocolate milk sounds delightful, and of course it's good thing to have before bed! I think any kind of chocolate goes nicely with books. And tea is a wonderful, too, I love all that there are so many kinds of tea to chose from!

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  4. Saw the link on ye olde Homeschool Alumni. You have made some most astute choices for nutritional consumption while partaking of morsels of a literary sort.

    What wholesome food source do you recommend with one's daily Bible study? I prefer to take mine with breakfast. There's something almost poetic about breaking the fast of the night while breaking one's fast from reading His Word.

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    1. Hmm, that's a hard one. Oatmeal and eggs, perhaps, because that's a substantial breakfast, and the Bible is a substantial book. But it's also a lot more more than that, so it's hard to come up with a perfect match! :)

      Agreed, it's nice to have Bible study during breakfast. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Most of the time reading and eating go together for me. Food and and a good book is too irresistible a temptation for me not to eat while I read. Ice cream is a wonderful suggestion for fantasy, but honestly, it goes good for any type of book. Hot chocolate is amazing, too.

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    1. Oh yes, ice cream is delicious any time! And I love hot chocolate with a good book, especially during this time of year! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  6. Your pairing of mysteries and tea is pretty much perfect! I always like to curl up with a cup of tea when I'm reading something intriguing. Coffee suits a good dystopian really well too, because when i find a great one, I'm up til all hours reading it. Love this list!

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    1. Thanks! Oh yes, I've stayed up way too late reading dystopian. I always think, "just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed" so I don't end up getting coffee at night, though. Thanks for commenting and welcome to the blog! :)

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  7. This post title just summarises everything I want from a post a haha ^^

    Poetry: salads is one that I definitely agree with!!

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. Right, there's nothing like a good salad! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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