While world-building, I felt it was important to show the readers how different the new world was in every way: from the animals, plants, behavior of the people, clothes, to the food. I have mentioned a line or so about the food: both the raw ones in the form of fruits and the cooked dishes which included baked food in unusual shapes, with stuffing and exotic names.
I thought children would enjoy reading about the unique dishes and it would make the new world more realistic if it had food that could not be found elsewhere in the world. Now that the manuscript is sitting in the editor’s inbox, I am assailed by all kinds of feelings. Though I have ensured that my descriptions don’t tread into heavy duty description territory, I am still enveloped by anxieties.
The descriptions just sate the reader’s curiousity. I felt that when I show canteen and dining room scenes, I do need to describe some food on the table.
I keep thinking and of course hoping that the food descriptions should remain intact, that they should not be brutally axed when the book passes through the submission process and I sign the contract. I know it’s all too premature, but one can hope, right?
Do you all add food descriptions when you write, especially if it’s a new world that involves all kinds of unusual things in it? Do you feel I should not have created any food at all? How do you manage the food descriptions in your stories and books? Any food description tips that you all want to share with me?