Standout Books editor Fred Johnson explores the sensory and symbolic aspects of food in good writing. Which makes me wonder, when I write about Chester (the Alpha Bichon), should he be a kibble connoisseur? How do you use food in your writing?
“Done well, food can act in surprising ways in fiction. It can break up extended sections of dialogue, interrupt action, or ground scenes that would otherwise be a little too high-flying. Beyond that, food evokes the sense of taste, and brings all the benefits of good sense writing. Food can also reflect your characters and the settings and cultures they inhabit, and can be used more broadly in a metaphorical or symbolic capacity. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves; before we talk about what food can do, we should discuss how to write it effectively.” ~ Fred Johnson
Food on Your Pages