Literary Food: Amy’s Pickled Limes and Game of Thrones Cake Pops

If you’re preparing a Melbourne Cup feast for tomorrow’s festivities, why not give a thought to including some favourite food from classic literature?

Quirk Books has gathered recipes for everything from Turkish Delight (the taste of betrayal in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) to the crab casserole prepared by Clarissa Dalloway in Michael Cunningham’s The Hours and the infamous green eggs and ham of Dr Seuss’s read-aloud favourite. Surely green eggs are perfect for lining the stomach tomorrow morning?

Or what about Amy March’s pickled limes, the in-crowd’s ‘must have’ food item of Little Women?

‘Why, you see, the girls are always buying them, and unless you want to be thought mean, you must do it too. It’s nothing but limes now, for everyone is sucking them in their desks in schooltime, and trading them off for pencils, bead rings, paper dolls, or something else, at recess. If one girl likes another, she gives her a lime. If she’s mad with her, she eats one before her face, and doesn’t offer even a suck.’

Or, of course, you could skip straight to cake. (A slice goes well with champagne.)

Shelf Life have found some of the best book cakes on the internet, including a lifelike Cat in the Hat book cake, a stylish Hunger Games layer cake, and some suitably bloody Game of Thrones cakes - including a gory series of cake pops.

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