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.
I've taken on the task of writing a guide to eating while reading.
Because these things matter, they really do.
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.
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
Westerns: beef jerky. Or cornbread and beans. Oh, yes and strong coffee -
strong enough to float a horseshoe. (They always say that in
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.
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.
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?