Food & Fairy Tales!

The Brothers Grimm are all over the news these days thanks to the 200th anniversary of the first publication of their Kinder- und Hausmärchen in 1812. I wanted to post a link to this great article from NPR’s food blog The Salt about the horrors and delights of food in the Brothers Grimm.

The Three Little Men in the Woods by Arthur Rackham

Fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar shares some of her insights on why food plays such a crucial role in these tales. Here’s a snippet of some of her thoughts:

“Yes, gold sparkles and shines, castles lure, and princesses await the transformative kiss, but there is almost nothing like a full stomach for those living in fairy-tale worlds. There is a lesson there for us all — I’m sure of that.”


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