When children enter a strange and different world in literature, they come across foods they’ve never heard of, but the characters love it. When they finally get the chance to try it, many of these foods don’t hold up to the fantasy. Betsy Bird asked about disappointing foods from children’s books and got tons of responses on social media. Now, you have to remember that many children’s classics were written during war or other times of privation, before the dishes the reader grew up on were even invented. In 1950, C.S. Lewis convinced a generation that Turkish Delight was delicious enough to betray your family for. It was a letdown for many people to find out that an egg cream contains neither egg nor cream. And liverwurst sandwiches were cited from three different children’s classics!
Betty G. Yee – “In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murry famously fixed herself a cream cheese and liverwurst sandwich. To this day i have no idea what it might taste like but when i asked for it at a deli restaurant the waiter turned a bit green and steered me to something else.”
Jennifer Ochoa – “Many Judy Blume mentions of liverwurst on rye with mustard….NOT DELICIOUS!!!”
Barney Saltzberg – “Great question. After reading Cricket in Times Square I had to try liverwurst. First and last time.”
Read some of the opinions offered as Bird posts the top ten disappointing foods and drinks that were mentioned in children’s literature. You might relate to some of them. -via Metafilter
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