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Bookish Foods That We Want On Our Thanksgiving Table

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

There are so many different foods that would be incredible to have for Thanksgiving! Here are a few that we would love to have on our holiday menu.

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays, think about it. There is family, friends, football, and best of all food. In our house, we spend A LOT of time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. We bake pies ranging from pumpkin to cherry (One of Jessica’s favorites), make mashed potatoes and gravy (Taylor’s personal favorite), and prepare a large turkey. All of these delicious smells fill the air as we eagerly wait for our mom to summon us all to the table to begin our holiday feast. We are extremely thankful that our table is filled with tasty things for us to enjoy, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some bookish foods that we would want on our table this year!


Butterbeer - Harry Potter

“Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks?” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This beverage, which J.K. Rowling imagines it would taste like a “less sticky butterscotch”, and is a Harry Potter staple. It is so popular among fans that Universal studios invented its own Butterbeer inspired by the series for tourists to buy while visiting Harry Potter World.


Buttermilk biscuits - Gone With The Wind

Rolls, corn muffins, biscuit and waffles, dripping butter, all at one meal.” - Gone With The Wind

All of these foods sound amazing, but the one we had to pick would be biscuits. Biscuits are important to any southern meal, especially Thanksgiving.


Honey - Winnie The Pooh

“The only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” - Winnie The Pooh

Imagine, warm, gooey honey spread onto a warm buttery biscuit. Sounds good right? Honey would make the ideal accompaniment to our Buttermilk Biscuits!


Muffins - A Little Princess

“... and muffins enough for the both of them.” - A Little Princess

Who doesn’t love a good muffin? These muffins, although not a traditional Thanksgiving dish, sound absolutely delicious. We could definitely picture this comfort food on our table this year.


Crispy potatoes - The Secret Garden

“Very hot potatoes with salt and fresh butter in them were fit for a woodland king—besides being deliciously satisfying.” - The Secret Garden

Potatoes are seen everywhere on our normal Thanksgiving menu, so we had to include them on our bookish menu. Besides, let's be honest, we would eat these on a regular day, they sound amazing!


Pickled limes - Little Women

“No sooner had the guest paid the usual stale compliments and bowed himself out, than Jenny, under pretense of asking an important question, informed Mr. Davis, the teacher, that Amy March had pickled limes in her desk.” - Little Women

We have never actually had pickled limes, but we would love to try them and feel that Thanksgiving would be a great opportunity. Plus, Little Women is one of our favorite Christmas books, so we had to add it.


Blueberry pie - Charlotte’s Web

“The children ran for the kitchen. ‘Just in time for a piece of blueberry pie.’ said Mrs. Zuckerman.” -Charlotte's Web

Pies are a thanksgiving necessity and we love pies. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and especially blueberry pie. This pie from Charlotte's Web would be perfect for Thanksgiving and would surely have us rushing to the kitchen for a piece as well!


Potato peel pie - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“Without her urging, I would never have thought to invite them to share my pig, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society would never have drawn breath.” - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Stick with us, this pie may sound gross and weird, but it stands for everything that Thanksgiving is actually about. It is not just about the food, but it is also about friends and community, so we needed to add it to the list.


Tarts - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

White Rabbit that was serving the court as a herald and was reading the accusation that the Knave of Hearts had stolen the Queen’s tarts. In the middle of the court, a large platter of tarts was on display.” - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

To add to our list of sweet treats, these tarts sound like another amazing addition to our fictional Thanksgiving menu! We know that if they are fit for the Queen of Hearts, then they will most certainly taste delectable.


Turkish delight - The Chronicles of Narnia

“‘It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating,’ said the Queen presently. ‘What would you like best to eat?’ ’Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty,’ said Edmund.” - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

You can never have too many desserts on Thanksgiving and Turkish delight should definitely be one of them. Besides, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is arguably a holiday book, so we felt it was appropriate for it to be included on our menu.


Lane Cake - To Kill A Mockingbird

“I’ll make him a Lane cake. That Stephanie’s been after my recipe for thirty years, and if she thinks I’ll give it to her just because I’m staying with her, she’s got another thing coming.” - To Kill A Mockingbird

Lane Cake is famous all throughout the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. We want to know what all the fuss is about, which is why we would have to ask Mrs. Lane herself to make it for our bookish feast!


Fried chicken - The Great Gatsby

“Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table, with a plate of cold fried chicken between them.” - The Great Gatsby

Fried chicken is extremely important for any southern Thanksgiving and, therefore, it is important that we add it to our ever growing list. Although, we think that it would be much better warm!


Roast beast - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“And he, he himself...the Grinch...carved the roast-beast!” - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Finally, for our main dish we have the Roast Beast! We are well aware that this is from a Christmas book, however, we feel that it is appropriate for Thanksgiving too and the only thing worthy of taking center stage (or table) on our menu.


Would you eat any of these foods? Are there any other you would like to try? Let us know in the comments!

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