Name: Bryton Taylor
Blog Name: Bryton Taylor; Food in Literature
Where were you born? Vancouver, Canada
Where are you living now? I live in Perth, Australia, where I’ve been for the past 15 years.
Why did you start your blog?
The blog has evolved over the years. It began as a craft blog, before progressing into gluten free cooking. You can still find these earlier blog posts. Holiday themes have always been special in our family. So, one Easter I created an Alice in Wonderland brunch, perhaps in an attempt to keep gluten free from being stereotypically boring. My attempt at a gluten free Unbirthday cake was such a flop, I tried again and wrote a step by step post. That blog post began the food in literature journey.
How did you decide on your blog name?
I wanted a blog theme that combines a broad spectrum of topics and is interesting to me and to a large audience. “Food in Literature” works nicely for these reasons. The blog title also includes my name to make the blog more personal rather than impersonal. My creative interests have wide boundaries -- from creating new food ideas to designing settings and props. Food in literature is also continually evolving, so I (and hopefully my audience) never lose interest! For example, I recently visited The Making of Harry Potter north of London, which inspired me to concoct Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and to create Hogwarts-inspired cutlery. The food in literature theme allows me to share these creations.
What do you blog about?
Food in literaure. I recreate food mentioned in books ranging from Pride And Prejudice to Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Some of my blog posts refer to classics and other novels I happen to be reading at the time. However, the books I read as a child inspire me the most. I love the process of bringing food that exists in a shared imaginary form in literature into reality. My food in literature blog is a way of recording and sharing these experiments.
What post are you most proud of and why?
I get excited about everything I write about. But I particularly enjoyed my Wonka recipes, such as Wonka’s Three Course Meal Gum or Wonka’s Marshmallow Pillow. It’s a pillow-size marshmallow, complete with pillowcase packaging and printable label.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
I put so much thought and energy into each recipe, that I wish they all had the same attention given to them. But you can give my Alice in Wonderland Edible Rose Bush some love! Few readers would take the time to replicate the crystallized roses that I created and posted, but they are a wonderful sight and accomplishment. The roses were my greatest challenge and most time consuming creation so far.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
‘Throwing a 1920’s Great Gatsby Party; The Menu From The Book’. It took a lot of time to research and write, but at the end of the day, it’s a list of the food mentioned in the Great Gatsby with descriptions, links and suggestions. It has become my most viewed post. I guess compared to recipes that I’ve slaved over in the kitchen, it was the least amount of effort. Go figure!
What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?
My iPad. Nothing beats a hard copy of a book, but when you start chewing your way through novels each week, having most of them digitally saves a lot of space that I just don’t have.
What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?
Other than my Kitchenaid, I was introduced to the importance of a sharp chef’s knife. Completely life changing.
Favourite food, care to share a recipe?
Can someone send me over a Tim Horton’s sesame seed bagel please?
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
Although I enjoy creating and sharing the literature-based food recipes, on a day-to-day basis my eating habits are very non-creative. I alternate between stir fries using sauce from a jar, or steamed veggies with meat cooked on the BBQ.
What makes your blog unique?
There’s very few food in literature blogs out there to begin with, but each one touches on different genres. Mine happens to be very fantasy oriented with a heavier emphasis on children’s literature. These are books that have a wonderful nostalgic connection for most people.