My apologies for the tardiness of the post. It was my mistake and not that of my awesome guest.
Author Landra Graf is writing in my stead today about food in our romances.
Food is a major part of my life.
It engages me for three meals a day.
My day job is all about food. How many samples can you get out of one quart of Moose Tracks Ice Cream? How would you prepare a twelve inch pizza in a small convection oven? Is it possible to make brownie cupcakes with moonshine cherries?
So there’s no wonder that food would infiltrate the romance stories I write. As natural as it is to me, my characters seem to feel the same way. It appears none of them go through an entire book without sharing a meal on the page.
In fact, only two stories I’ve composed don’t contain a scene where food is consumed. The meal adds desire, tension, satisfaction, and provides a good backdrop in which my characters could have a tough conversation, confess the worst of their faults, or simply fall in love.
My joy is getting to figure out what they are eating. Is there wine? A dessert? Are the treats fantastical or simply down-home comfort foods?
Will I use the name of some of my favorite real restaurants or make up a place I’d love to eat at.
I really do get the best of both worlds between concocting a romance story and developing a food menu to go along with it, though I’ve never written a foodie romance… yet.
So my question is: Do you like romances that involve characters partaking in the real-life activity of eating? Do you prefer to keep the food out of sight and out of mind?
How much cake is too much?
Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.