September 28, 2015

Bookish Food (3) The Wrath and the Dawn

I love when fantasy books have food. Typically because in high fantasy the main character ends up going to the kingdom/palace place and of course theres a ton of huge banquets with platters of foods along with these feasts, there are always huge meals served directly to the characters room. Since I'm such a big foodie, when the food thats presented is described in detail, I am so into it. Anyways! This week I will be featuring The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. (which totally had my mouth watering) In case you've never heard of this book or you don't know what it's about here is an except of the synopsis from Goodreads:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

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If you want you can check out my review here.

Now onto the food pictures.

After Shahrzad and Khalid get married they eat:
“The tray was laden with pistachios, figs, almonds, grapes, quince chutney, small cucumbers, and an assortment of fresh herbs. A basket of flatbread lay wrapped in linen off to the side.”
Lavash Bread! (Flatbread)  
Quince Chutney. I had no idea what quince's were but a quick Google search yielded results. 
Quinces! According to Wikipedia a quince is  "A small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature."  
Almonds. I loveee almonds. 
Pistachios! Another nut I love. 

FIGS! I absolutely adore fresh figs. Just looking at them makes me want some.

“Shahrzad followed her to the table in the corner. The tray atop it was covered with lavash bread, a round of goat cheese enfolded in sweet preserves, a tureen of soup, and a halved pomegranate, its seeds glistening like garnets in the warm light spilling from the terrace. An ornate silver pot of cardamom tea sat over a low burning flame.”

Cardamom Tea

Goat cheese, crackers, and preserves. I loove cheese and crackers. (I love almost all food, I am also way too obsessed with it as you probably can tell since I have a feature fully dedicated to finding pictures for book food descriptions. 

POMEGRANATE IS LOVE. POMEGRANATE IS LIFE. That is all I have to say about that. 
“Soon, platters of food were brought before them—steaming, buttery basmati rice with bright orange saffron staining its center, surrounded by lamb in a savory sauce of dates, caramelized onions, and tangy barberries; skewers of marinated chicken and roasted tomatoes, served alongside chilled yogurt and cucumbers; fresh herbs and lavash bread, with rounds of goat cheese and sliced red radishes splashing brilliant colors against a polished wood backdrop. The aroma of the food mingled with the fragrance of the tapers, saturating the senses with spices and decadence.”

More lavash bread! I'm thinking I may attempt to make some. It looks so delicious. 
"Lamb with dates and lime juice", served with basmati rice with barberry and saffron. I'm not the biggest fan of lamb but if I'm in the right mood I'll eat it.  

(Can we pretend those pieces of lemon are tomato?) Anyways, "skewers of marinated chicken and roasted tomatoes, served alongside chilled yogurt."
Basmati rice with (not really) bright orange saffron
I'm going to file this as: randomly came across this picture, had no idea what it was, but felt like it fit the theme because meat, spices, herbs, yeah. 

Eventually Shahrzad convinces Khalid to go to Rey's most active market.
“To their right were vendors plying food wares—sugared dates and other dried fruits, an assortment of nuts in water-stained wood barrels, mountains of spices piled high in vivid hues—and to their left were vendors of spun cloth, dyed fabric, and skeins of yarn idling in a faint breeze, their colors like a banner cut from a rainbow. Many salesmen pounced on the couple, trying to coax them to taste a pistachio or sample a delicious dried apricot.”

I love the mental picture this paragraph provides. I especially like the "mountains of spices piled high in vivid hues". Street vendors and farmers markets (in real life) have always interested me, and I enjoy reading them in fantasy novels!
More spices! These were the most colorful pictures I could find. Neither exactly fit the description, I'm sorryy. 
Dried apricot. I have an obsession with dried and freeze dried fruits, especially freeze dried strawberries. 

“She lifted the lid from the tray and began eating some jewel rice and saffron chicken. In between bites of fresh herbs and cool yogurt, she drank tea and nibbled on pistachio cakes sweetened with honey. Everything was cold, and she chewed from habit rather than enjoyment, but she knew she would regret it later if she went to bed hungry as well as angry.”

Saffron Chicken and Rice!
Jewel Rice.
Okay, I may have gone overboard with pictures for the pistachio cakes, but I am oddly craving some right now. 

Lime and pistachio yumminess. 

Look at these cute little pistachio cake pudding things! 

This looks decadent. If someone could just bring me an entire pistachio cake right now I would be forever grateful. 

THESE LOOK SO PERFECT. Little individual pistachio cupcakes. I can feel my mouth wateringggg.

It's almost 12 am and my stomach is growling thanks to compiling all these pictures. Hope you enjoyed this and are now as hungry as I am! ;) Let me know your opinion on this feature, or just on food in books in general!

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  1. OMG YES. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of the most drool-worthy books I have ever read, and I love the food pictures you chose! The chutney seems so yummy :)

  2. Oh God, now I'm hungry! The Wrath and the Dawn made me want to eat so much, it's ridiculous!

  3. OMG. THIS IS PERFECT. Ahh! I love this post so much Sam! Thank you for sharing this and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

  4. WAIT. BOOKS + FOOD. OMG YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! I love love love the idea of this feature!!! Also, Wrath has been on my TBR for FOREVER, so I can't wait to read it (especially bc now I know there is lots of food involved ;) )

  5. I am soo hungry now, but I loved this post!


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