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  • Adrian Mole:
    • Adrian has a fondness for Mars Bars and Lucozade, at least as a teenager.
    • Bert Baxter and pickled beetroot. In fact, Bert will only eat beetroot sandwiches, scrambled eggs, boil-in-the-bag curry, and butterscotch-flavor Angel Delight.
  • Kinsey Millhone in Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mysteries has a Quarter Pounder with cheese at least once every book— if not, a peanut butter pickle sandwich is her alternative.
  • Ax of Animorphs and cinnamon buns. Considering his adoration of chocolate, chili, and cigarette butts, establishing one thing as his trademark favorite food is quite a feat. One of the subtle differences in the AU book Back to Before was that Ax was never introduced to cinnamon buns, and instead fixated on Oreos (possibly as an Homage to the Martian Manhunter) as they were given out at the mental institution he was in. (Don't ask.) While cinnamon buns are Ax's absolute favorite, his favorite things to eat all happen to start with the letter C.
  • The whole of A Bad Case of Stripes is about what results from Camilla Cream loving lima beans but being embarrassed to admit it because her friends all hate them.
  • In Madame d'Aulnoy's Fairy Tale The Benevolent Frog, the Lion Fairy enjoys fly pasties. She requests that the queen she is holding captive make her fly pasties, but she cannot find any flies. The queen gets help finding flies from another fairy who is disguised as a frog.
  • In Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly's brother Fred adores two things: horses and peanut butter. Holly claims his love of peanut butter is why he is so much taller than the rest of his family.
  • In The Canterbury Tales, the Summoner likes garlic, onions, leeks, and strong red wine.
  • The Pinball Protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory craves chocolate more than any other food in the world, but, unlike most examples of this trope, rarely gets to enjoy it because his family is so poor. What little he gets—one Wonka Bar a year, as a birthday present—he treats as a Mundane Luxury. Making matters worse for him, he happens to live in the same town where Wonka's factory is located. Ultimately, at a particularly dire time for his family he happens upon some dropped money and, desperately hungry, uses part of it to buy two Wonka Bars. The second bar happens to have the last of the five Golden Tickets that grant the finder a chance to visit the factory...
  • The Cosmere:
    • Per Word of God, Hoid is very fond of instant noodles, and is thus very interested in Scadrial since they are the Shardworld closest to developing them.
      Question: Is he doing anything to push that along?
      Brandon Sanderson: He is not as involved in that as certain other forces are.
      Question: There are forces involved in the development of instant noodles?
      Brandon Sanderson: Yes, oh yes.
    • Wax and Wayne: In Bands of Mourning, the Basin has started developing soft drinks. Wax almost spits it across the bar for being too sweet, and when he looks back ten seconds later he discovers that Steris has drank it all. Later, Marasi finds out that the Southerners have a sweetened hot chocolate drink, which she insists is going to quickly become more valuable than their miraculous Magitek.
  • According to Danny, the Champion of the World, pheasants are crazy about raisins. It was this discovery that made Danny's grandfather a legend among pheasant-poachers.
  • Dexter: Dexter is a big fan of good food in general (he heaps praises upon Rita's cooking), but has a thing for cuban sandwiches.
  • Discworld:
    • In the novels featuring Susan Sto Helit, Quoth the raven is obsessed with eating eyeballs, but he tends to mistake vaguely-eyeball-ish foods like pickled olives and walnuts for his favored treat.
    • Rincewind and potatoes. This started as a Running Gag in Interesting Times, but has become a fundamental part of his character since. In Science of Discworld II, when the Elf Queen tries to find his deepest desire (dismissing the "stupid tuber"), she comes up with "sour cream topped with chives". This stems from an extended time Rincewind spent marooned on a desert island. He was safe and had food, but the two things he lacked were female companionship and potatoes. Some wires got badly crossed in his head.
    • Archchancellor Ridcully will never eat a meal unless it's slathered in seasoning, particularly his family's ancestral Wow-Wow Sauce, a seasoning so pungent as to be downright dangerous.
    • Tiffany's little brother Wentworth really, really likes sticky candy. Tiffany herself is quite fond of cheese, enough so to feel tempted when it shows up in a dreamworld where she will be trapped forever if she eats or drinks anything.
    • Senor Enrico Basilica (from Maskerade) is assumed by everyone to really love Brindisian pasta, and is given it at every opportunity. Since he lies about being from Brindisi, this is not actually his native food and he's, at that point, sick to death of it.
    • On the other hand, Bengo Macarona, a Genuan transplant in Unseen Academicals, actually does like pasta, not to the point of bringing it up frequently but certainly requesting it during one of the wizards' extended food-ordering sequences. He also keeps dried reheatable pasta in his room for emergencies.
    • Susan's mother, Ysabelle, had a chocolate addiction so strong that Death considers it one of two character traits worth mentioning to her daughter. Susan herself seems to be developing one in Thief of Time.
    • Nanny Ogg's Cookbook strongly implies that ham rolls are Gytha Ogg's party food of choice, as she drops numerous hints that having a few of these on hand for any surprise-guest witches who might happen by would not be amiss. Sometimes more than once in the same paragraph.
    • Even though he doesn't need to eat, Death likes curry, to the extent that the Curry Gardens in Ankh-Morpork now recognizes Death's trusty steed Binky on sight.
    • Vimes and bacon sandwiches. It's said in Thud! that his approach to a BLT is as much bacon and as little lettuce and tomato as he can get away with.
  • The protagonist of A Dog's Purpose is fond of food in general but especially likes (dog) biscuits.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • The lesser fae (wyldfae) are absolutely insane for pizza. In fact, by Small Favor, they have formed a "Za Lord's Guard" for Harry because he's given them so much pizza, and refer to him as their "Lord of Pizza". And in the next book, Turn Coat, he raises a militia of the little guys, with only the promise of a large pizza for every twoscore lesser wyldfae to flock to his "banner". This probably makes him the only mortal to receive two titles to the fae, as he is now also the Winter Knight. In Battle Ground, he's able to rally not just this militia but every one of their kind in Chicago to join The Alliance against the Fomor invasion merely by explaining that the destruction of the city would mean no more pizza.
    • Also, Harry loves his Coke. Sometimes it seems like he runs exclusively on it. He even has a cap with a silver-on-black Coca-Cola logo. He also really likes Burger King.
    • Mac's steak sandwiches also count.
  • Alcoholic Mook Krager in The Elenium has a trademark favorite wine, Acian Red. When he's on the other side of the world in The Tamuli, the main characters easily bribe him with a cask of the stuff.
  • Jane Austen's Emma: Mr Woodhouse and his elder daughter Isabella both love to have a bowl of gruel regularly, and both consider it indispensable food. Mr Woodhouse's stomach can't bear anything rich or heavy, and he supposes all people are like him, so he heartily recommends a nice basin of thin gruel to everybody. His daughter Emma knows better and offers their guests tastier, more appetizing dishes.
    The gruel came and supplied a great deal to be said—much praise and many comments—undoubting decision of its wholesomeness for every constitution, and pretty severe Philippics upon the many houses where it was never met with tolerably;—but, unfortunately, among the failures which the daughter had to instance, the most recent, and therefore most prominent, was in her own cook at South End, a young woman hired for the time, who never had been able to understand what she meant by a basin of nice smooth gruel, thin, but not too thin. Often as she had wished for and ordered it, she had never been able to get any thing tolerable.
  • Father Augustine in Everyday Saints simply loves nut ice cream. It eventually becomes a clue to establish his real identity.
  • Enid Blyton's The Famous Five get through a lot of ginger beer, though never lashings thereof.
  • Rhiow in Diane Duane's Feline Wizards trilogy has a fondness for pastrami. She's also been known to gorge herself on cream (she's a cat), to the point of becoming overweight.

  • Harriet the Spy: Harriet insists on taking a tomato sandwich for lunch every day, and having cake and milk when she gets home from school.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Dumbledore and sherbet lemons (or lemon drops, depending which edition you're reading) as well as candies in general, except for Every Flavor Beans, thanks to a memorably awful experience as a child.
    • Harry and treacle tart, plus pretty much any dessert or sweet with treacle in it. Hell, he's so fond of the stuff that its aroma is one of the three things he smells when he sniffs a love potion.
    • Horace Slughorn seems to really like crystalyzed pineapple, and giving him some as a gift is a good way to get him on your side. A young Tom Riddle used this to convince him to talk about Horcruxes, something he deeply regrets doing.
  • Shows up a few times (of course) in Honor Harrington. Vying for "most notable" are Honor's predilection for hot chocolate, and the absolute adoration of celery that Nimitz shares with his entire (carnivorous!) species. Meanwhile, Honor's best friend, Michelle Henke, is later on shown to have a terrible fondness for doughnuts. Other noticeable standbys are Old Tilman Ale (seemingly the only beer Manticoran officers ever share), and Delacourt, the vintage of wine that Honor breaks out to celebrate any really special occasion.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • Born to a family of bakers, Peeta takes a strong professional interest in bread, which the fandom has amped up to Crack Pairing levels, fed by the fact that Katniss' narration refers to him as "the boy with the bread" several times.
    • Katniss once ate lamb stew and mentioned how much she liked it. She is then given stew several times throughout the books.
  • James Bond: James Bond's favorite food is eggs, mirroring the preferences of his creator, Ian Fleming, whose usual breakfast was scrambled eggs and whose usual starter when eating at Boodle's Club was oeufs en cocotte a la creme. In fact, scrambled eggs appear in every single James Bond novel, though not always eaten by Bond himself.
  • In Larry Niven's Known Space novels, potatoes should probably be this to every human over a certain age, as it's more or less stated that tree of life evolved into potatoes. Strangely averted, however. The Virus is responsible for that effect as well.
  • The titular lion in Shel Silverstein's Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back is exceedingly fond of marshmallows.
  • In the Lensmen series, Kimball Kinnison especially likes big thick rare steaks, preferably fried in butter and smothered with mushrooms.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Hobbits love pretty much all food, but they "have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People".
    • Gollum's iconic food is nice fish, having lived by an underground lake for a few atavistic centuries, but he seems to like pretty much any kind of meat as long as it's raw. Goblins are another favorite of his.
  • The Machineries of Empire:
    • The Hexarchate Galactic Superpower's military faction has a collective love of spiced cabbage pickles, so much so that logistics officers make a big deal out of maintaining an ample stock.
    • Cheris has a particular fondness for squid-flavoured ration bars; some of her friends pack them for her on trips, even though it's a common joke that consuming them voluntarily is a sign of a disturbed mind.
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Magnus loves falafel. He once mentions it so often to Samira that she at first thinks that he's being racist with her, when he really just loves it that much.
  • Maniac Magee: Maniac loves Butterscotch Krimpets from Tastykake, a Hostess competitor in the Philadelphia area where Two Mills is fictionally located.
  • Maximum Ride: Maximum Ride develops a near-obsession with chocolate chip cookies after having some home baked by Ella and her mom. To a point where she'll evaluate a cookie after eating it and is still trying to find some as good as the ones she had.
  • Miss Bindergarten: A lot of the students' are revealed in Celebrates The 100th Day Of kindergarten, as shown on their "I Could Eat 100 [Food]s" drawings.
    • Potato Chips for Adam.
    • Peanuts for Brenda.
    • Ice Cream Cones for Christopher.
    • Bananas for Gwen.
    • Candies for Henry.
    • Pickles for Ian.
    • Crackers for Kiki.
    • French Fries for Noah.
    • Apples for Patricia.
    • Watermelon for Quentin.
    • Pizza for Tommy.
    • Grapes for Ursula.
  • Mog, in Mog the Forgetful Cat and sequels by Judith Kerr, loves soft-boiled eggs. This, like much of Mog's personality, is based on Kerr's own cat of the same name.

  • Nate of the Nate the Great book series is very fond of pancakes.
  • Nero Wolfe:
    • Although Archie's house diet with Nero Wolfe is extremely varied, thanks to the titular detective being a Supreme Chef, Archie regularly eats out to get one item never available at home: a corned beef sandwich on rye.
    • Wolfe himself has shad roe; he has it served it for almost every meal for the short time it's in season.
  • Paddington Bear: Paddington and marmalade.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians has a few:
    • Percy enjoys any blue food because his mother always makes it for him, but Blue Cherry Pepsi makes a few appearances.
    • Grover frequently nibbles on cheese enchiladas and tin cans with equal gusto.
    • Tyson enjoys peanut butter, especially in sandwich form.
  • One Saturday Morning/Afternoon has Baby Jack and his crayons.
  • Chicago plastic surgeon Frank W. Pirruccello wrote a series of amateur detective novels (among them The Praying Mantis Murder and The Capgras Syndrome) in which the dyspeptic middle-aged private eye is often found at the counter of his local diner nursing a cup of coffee that was about half milk.
  • Protagonist Cassie of Paula Danziger's The Pistachio Prescription loves red Pistachio nuts, even though her mother says red fingers make her look like an axe murderer.
  • In For Biddle's Sake from The Princess Tales, Parsley loves parsley everything.
  • In Psy Changeling, after discovering it in the first book, Sascha decided that EVERYTHING is better with chocolate.
  • Pumuckl: The kobold protagonist of a German children's series craves chocolate (but who doesn't?)
  • Beverly Cleary's Ralph S. Mouse: The titular Talking Animal loves peanuts and by extension peanut butter. This is Truth in Television about mice.
  • Redwall. Most groups seem to have one:
    • Moles: Deeper N' Ever Turnip N' Tater N' Beetroot Pie!
    • Otters: Shrimp and Hotroot Soup!
    • Hedgehogs: Hodgepodge Pie!
    • Guosim shrews: Skilly and Duff!
    • The characters in general: October Ale!
    • Matthias and Groot: Candied Nuts!
  • Royce Melborn in "The Riyria Revelations" is known to favor Montemorcey wine.
  • Pseudonymous Bosch, the Lemony Narrator of the Secret Series, loves dark chocolate and cheese (not together, mind you). During one point in the first book, where he threatens to stop writing the series, he says he could be tempted to continue with a wedge of delicious Brie, and then his thoughts drift to the delicious, expensive chocolate he's been saving for a special occasion and promised himself he wouldn't eat unless there was a really good reason to do so...
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has Simon and Oreos.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Jeor Mormont's raven loves corn, and will frequently shout "CORN!?" when hungry.
    • Strong Belwas frequently demands liver and onions. He also loves locusts, which ends up getting him poisoned.
    • Sansa loves lemon cake.
    • Wyman Manderly loves lamprey pies, and is nicknamed "Lord Lamprey" because of that.
    • Minor, but memorable: Kem, a lowborn, exiled sellsword in the Second Sons originally from Flea Bottom... really misses his natal bowls of brown (aka "don't ask stew"). Mentioning that does a lot to rob Tyrion of his appetite for the day.
    • Roose Bolton seems to invariably drink hippocras.
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries: Bubba loves cat blood.
  • In Mary Russell's The Sparrow, Father Sandoz is very fond of bacalaitos fritos (fried codfish). Sofia Mendes loves Turkish coffee.
  • The Stand: Harold loves chocolate Paydays. Larry and Nadine actually follow his trail of wrappers for a while as they head south from Maine.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In Karen Traviss's books in the Star Wars EU, any and every character who has ever tried this one dense syrupy cake made by Mandalorians has it as their absolute favorite. They say something along the lines of "It's good, but it's not uj cake" approximately every time they eat any other food. It looks like Traviss uses uj cake as shorthand for how incredibly awesome and superior Mandalorians are supposed to be.
    • Same universe: the X-Wing Series has Corellians and ryshcate, which is only for special occasions; traditionally it's shared to remind Corellians of their homeworld and to smooth out grievances. It's hard to get the right ingredients, which are expensive, so it only shows up a few times. While Corellians really like it (possibly because one of the ingredients is an entire bottle of whiskey) and so do the people they share it with, it isn't uj cake.
    • In The Thrawn Trilogy, Luke Skywalker mentions that Lando introduced him to an exotic beverage called hot chocolate, which he enjoys. Later-written books and comics will, if they don't make up a new drink, also have him ordering or making hot chocolate, and he liked it enough to stash some of the pods needed to make it in his brother-in-law's freighter. His wife, family, and various friends also come to like it. But it isn't uj cake.
  • Stephanie Plum: Stephanie loves cake. Her mother bribes her with it sometimes.
  • In Super Minion, Tofu liked tofu burgers enough to choose "Tofu" as his pseudonym. It's something of a Running Gag that any time he hears a large amount of money he'll contextualize it in terms of how many burgers he could buy from his favorite restaurant.

  • Sam in A Tale of Time City loves Forty-Two Century butter pies. Actually, they seem to be everyone's favorite food, but Sam will cheerfully hack into the banking system in order to steal enough credits for hundreds of butter pies, then gorge himself sick. It's implied that his father is also addicted.
  • In Treasure Island, when Ben Gunn is finally rescued, he says the thing he has missed the most about civilization is cheese.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh and his "hunny" (well, he is a bear). For that matter, most of the main character had a favorite food:
    • Piglet: "Haycorns".
    • Christopher Robin: Birthday cake.
    • Eeyore: Thistles.
    • Roo: Milk (or, really, anything except extract of malt).
    • Tigger: Extract of Malt (Roo's strengthening medicine).
  • Wandering Djinn: Whether it's the bones, or served buffalo style, in ramen, or katsu, Malik ibn Ibrahim always seems to be eating chicken.
  • Invoked by the Horse Stealer Hradani of The War Gods. They steal horses mainly to insult their fantastically racist Sothoii neighbors and eat them because they have no better use for horses, being too large to ride.
  • Each Clan in Warrior Cats has their favorite prey. For example, RiverClan cats eat fish while ThunderClan cats prefer mice and voles. They tend to hate prey of other Clans and frequently reference them in insults.
  • In Clifford Simak's Hugo Winner Way Station, the alien called Ulysses is nuts about coffee.
  • Welcome To Wonderland: P.T.'s grandpa likes drinking Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda and eating mustard and baloney sandwiches. He justifies his preference for the sandwiches as needing to eat softer food due to his old age.
  • Clay from Wings of Fire is a Big Eater dragon who is especially fond of cows.


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