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10 Fictional Universes We’d Like To Live in Based on Food Alone

Allow Us To Explain

Allow Us To Explain

So here’s the simple explanation:

1. We were trying to think of a Power Grid.

2. We were hungry.

That’s it. I’m being perfectly serious. What you see before you is the product of a few people sitting down to write something about fandom when they didn’t have any snacks on hand. We started thinking about fantasy food and then had to make a list out of it.

Because there are some settings we’d never like to live in, but if they were a just a restaurant we’d never leave. Some of these foods, of course, have been replicated in the real world (I mean, these are fans we are talking about, we cook just as good as anybody else); and where possible we have tried to include links to the places where you could learn how to make Hotroot Soup, District 11 bread, and even Krabby patties, although some of these recipes are deceptively simple as stating in a clear voice “Tea, earl grey. Hot.”

Runners up are as follows: The Lord of the Rings (for Hobbit food only, it’s pretty clear that nobody likes lembas after a day or so), Trueblood (Pushing Daisies was deemed superior in the pie department due to it’s lack of vampiric complications), Dr. Seuss, Discworld, Star Wars, and World of Warcraft.

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  • Sarah Goesch

    So …you guys made me hungry.

    That was what you were trying weren´t you >.<

    *strikes a pose*
    Of to the bat……

  • Bill Hedrick

    OK A picture of Edmund eating turkish delight! page page page… no Narnia?

  • ainok

    Discworld!  Anyone?

  • Emma Jones

    No Lord of the Rings? C’mon, even when Gollum is off eating living fish and rabbits, you can’t deny the food the Hobbits eat. Those are some people that know how to appreciate mushrooms (one of my favorite food groups).

  • Suitcase Gnome

    I would have thrown a fit if Redwall hadn’t been included. Pretty sure those books are what turned me into a foodie in my teens.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    Well, yes who knows who else licked the candy wall but since it was exclusive, “no one” is a pretty good guess. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, come now. No Candyland? You folks have even reported on the movie in the works!

  • Nuchtchas

    You want the food from A Song of Ice and Fire? go to this blog

  • John Wao

    I’d like to try that diner in Eureka.

    And the coffee place in Friends, as long as Rachel isn’t still working there.

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  • unpublishedguy

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the mashed potatoes.

  • Smoke Tetsu

    The pic I first saw on this needs to be in a “10 fictional universes We’d NOT like to live in based on food alone”… Temple of Doom….
    That movie starts us off with:
    Fly covered slop… (which mostly just looked bad due to the flies and such as it was probably just beans and corn.. but still is NOT dream food especially how it’s presented) and then moves onto:
    Beetles, “snake surprise”, eyeball soup, and then ah-chilled ah-monkey brains….
    The only thing appetizing in the whole film was the fruit Indy brought to Willie Scott to her room… and maybe the champagne in the chinese club in the beginning… :P

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  • Anonymous

    On ASOIAF…anyone want a lamprey pie? Anyone?

  • kalsangikid

    Here’s a guy blogging about actually cooking the ASOIAF food:

  • Rose Jones

    “Come to the Dark Side, we have Turkish Delight!” I’m thrilled to see how many childhood books/films got on this list for their rich details of tasty treats. Yeah, gumdrops and jellybeans sort of replaced Turkish Delight in America. But thank you for including the shortly-lived but charming series “Pushing Daisies”. I sympathize with Ned and also resort to baking therapy to relieve frustrations. (Though I do cookies and bars more often than pies.)
    English food always sounded so hearty and nournishing to me in books like “The Secret Garden”: buttered scones, roasted potatoes, clotted cream, trifle, pudding…perfect for a picky eater who hated to eat her vegetables.
    I remember in one episode of “Voyager” when the doctor/Seven of Nine nearly keels over from one bite of food-replicated slice of New York cheesecake. If there is ever a food created of pure awesomeness then it is NY cheesecake.

  • Rachel Radwanski

    YES! I would love to be a guest at one of the Wizard’s Hogswatch Feasts. Ya know, the one that starts at midnight and lasts for at least 12 hours? I think I might do better as a spectator instead of a participant, I most likely would pass out half way through.

    Sadly, the writers and editors of The Mary Sue do not seem familiar with Discworld (or only one or two of them know a small bit). It doesn’t get much attention. And it wonderfully geeky. And his female characters are often more balanced and 3-dimensional than many in that genre. 

    The Mary Sue, you have some reading to do! 

  • Molly Mandlin

    The Redwall books used to make me insanely hungry and left me desperately shoving things around in my kitchen trying to find anything vaguely reminiscent of the food in the books. I often ended up with herby cheesey omelets and crunchy toast or the like. Harry Potter was less impossible and less mouthwatering but also popped into my mind right away. But here’s another book I thought of immediately.

    A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones. There’s a crazy vending machine in the story that will produce delicacies from any period in all of earth’s history and one of the foods sounded like a just gotta try it kind of thing. Something or other century butter pie. It sounded to me like some kind of multi-temperature creme-brulee popsicle that’s custardy and icecreamy cold on the outside and has a molten creamy center. I’ve never forgotten the description or stopped wishing I could try one. Sadly they won’t be invented for another couple centuries at least.

  • Komiyan

    Seriously! The Witches alone are utterly amazing. Granny Weatherwax is easily my favourite character in anything ever.

  • Komiyan

    What’s taters, precious?

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  • Anonymous

    I can get turkish delight at meijer. I’m doing that tomorrow. I’ve been considering for days now and you’ve pushed me over the edge!

  • Anonymous

    I go one baking binges sometimes. I hardly ever eat the stuff, but everyone begs for more so my habit is functional with friends

  • Jane Agnew

    The butter pies were from 42 century.  I always wondered if that was a Douglas Adams reference! I think you have the description about right.

  • Anonymous

    Love that blog! Have to give it to them for creativity and making me actually consider eating certain things…

  • Miss MSE

    Though if you want a witch for food, you have to go with Nanny Ogg. The cookbook has some pretty tasty recipes.

  • Frodo Baggins

    If I ate a drumstick every time I read a description of grease dripping down someone’s chin in ASOIAF, I’d be fatter than George R.R. Martin.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I’d go to Middle Earth for the lembas bread alone. Could live off that for years.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Haha yep, as soon as I saw the topic I thought “Redwall.” My mouth is watering just thinking about Deeper’n'Ever Turnip’n'Tater’n'Beetroot Pie.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I tried Turkish Delight once, because of Narnia, and thought, “Really? Edmund sold out his siblings for this crap?” Even during war rationing, I’d like to think I would at least hold out for a caramel custard. On that note, it’s kind of odd that a witch who hadn’t seen humans since the creation of the world knew what a candy from Turkey was. 

  • Nuchtchas

    you and me both, most of the time I just let my stomach rumble… though I will admit I’m now known for my lemon cakes.

  • Aaron Howell

    I have yet to read the entire article, but I absolutely HAD to comment when reading the first fictional universe of Redwall. When I first began to read these books nearly 15 years ago (High School is where and when I discovered them), I remember loving how he Jacques wrote about the meals laid out at the abbey. It was always so descriptive, and he had a way of making animal food sound unbearably delicious. He’s an incredible story teller. Redwall is considered a series for YA readers, but I think they’re fantastic for everyone. Still, I’d love to see Jacques tackle a more adult oriented fantasy world. I think it would be absolutely amazing.
    End of geeky line…

  • Bronwyn Mroz

    Actually, in Pushing Daisies it’s pear and Gruyere.  I feel like they actually say that at one point, but if nothing else, when Chuck’s making the first pie for her aunts there are definitely pears next to her to be used.

  • Octochan

    Wow, I thought I was weird cause I like to bake but don’t have much of a sweet tooth! I’ll make something, have a couple of pieces, and then I’ll have to unload the rest on my friends or eat the rest over the next two weeks and hope the last piece hasn’t gone off.