There are so many ingredients that make a story good. Strong narrative and dialogue. Sensory description. I love these elements of writing, and the small additions that make a book come alive in a reader's mind.
Some of these additions are animals, pets, clothes, craft, and food. Food can express a mood, and if you are reading or writing a historical, it can transport you back in time.
Currently I am writing book 3 in the 'Daughters of the Potomac Series', entitled 'Beyond the Valley'. Here's a little snippet where I use food as a way to evolve my heroine Sarah.
Mr. Sawyer’s brows shot up. “I am exceedingly fond of blueberry cobbler.”
“I can do any task required of me, sir, including cobblers. I’ve run my own house, though a humble one.”“You would fit right in with my staff. My cook is in need of another pair of hands . . . .
Without giving the scene away, it seems she has hooked Mr. Sawyer with visions of blueberry cobbler and other delights on his china plate at the supper table.
I found this fabulous blog, Vintage Victuals. Here's a blueberry cobbler recipe that is to faint over.