M pointed out that the Apple Jack brandy mentioned a few entries back sounds a lot like Scumble, a drink that is found in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Having finished only the first book, I don't think I came across scumble, but maybe I did. It was a hazy semester in college, that.
I propose a new list: Favorite food and drink encountered in story-factional or fictional. Top of the list would be the memorably described posset in the children's book The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken and Pat Marriot. Also, Proust's madelines should bear mentioning. And can we just talk a second about the feasting in The Odyssey? That book made me very hungry.
Speaking of literary favorites and Madelines, somehow it escaped my attention that author Madeline l'Engle passed away this September, at the age of 88. I adored her fiction as a kid and had a subscription to the geek-tastic Omni Magazine just because I'd read something of hers in it. (Course, I LOVED Omni for so many other reasons...). L'Engle was outspoken on many subjects like feminism and war and the environment, in a time when it was not terribly fashionable. Are there women sci fi authors doing the same today? Is that even a valid question-does it really matter?
It is especially sad to me that there are so many sci-fi
"classics" authors out there who have passed away, are on the decline
or just not writing anymore. Of course, the ridiculously
prolific Ray Bradbury is still turning them out. Something
about "prying a typewriter from my cold, dead hands" sounds about
right. Ah, anyway. Go not gently into that dark
night. And thanks for the good stories, Madeline.