Part 2 of The Hunger Games: Food in Fiction is here! Today we have Orange Chicken and Carrot Soup. I choose the recipes because the passages that describe the food really drive home the difference between District 12 and The Capital:

“I try to imagine assembling this meal myself back home. Chickens are too expensive, but I could make do with a wild turkey. I’d need to shoot a second turkey for trade for an orange. Goat’s milk would have to substitute for cream. We can grow peas in the garden. I’d have to get wild onions from the woods. I don’t recognize the grain, our own tessera ration cooks down to an unattractive brown mush…”

Rather than just see the starkness of District 12, or the plushness of The Capital, we see them  together.

Orange Chicken: “Chicken and chunks of orange cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain…” (pg 65).

“The supper comes in courses. A thick carrot soup, green salad…Throughout the meal Effie Trinket keeps reminding us to save space because there’s more to come. But I’m stuffing myself because I’ve never had food like this, so good and so much…” (pg 44).

recipe adapted from Epicurious

See Part 1 here

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