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Food Fuel for the Hunger Games, by Mackenzie, Allrecipes Editor 
Mar. 22, 2012 12:00 pm 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2012 2:25 am

I read the first book of The Hunger Games in two sittings. In the 16 years previous, I’d read about five books total. So, when a coworker told me about this young-adult, science fiction trilogy, I was not exactly a marketable candidate. Kids fight to the death for food? Yikes.

“But it’s so good,” she assured me.

“No, no—I believe you.” (I did not believe her.)

That is, until I kept getting a question that became impossible to ignore, “Have you read The Hunger Games? You need to read it.”

“You haven’t read it? You really need to read it.”

“I don’t understand why you haven’t read it. Read it—this time I’m not asking.”

So I did. Like a ravenous animal, I might add. And of course, I’m headed to an IMAX theater opening day, far more excited than a woman of 34 should be to go see a movie with a tween-style love triangle. But I’m not going to lie, I sort of want a T-shirt. None of that Team Gale/Team Peeta nonsense—something with flames. Gold eyeliner might also be necessary.

Seeing everything on the big screen should be a feast for the eyes (no pun intended). Because as books go, it was really packed with some intense visuals, not the least of which was the food.

Both the gluttony of the Capitol and the starvation in the 12 Districts made for some very vivid images, from squirrel jerky (not the real name, that’s just what I call it), to lavish multi-course banquets. Certainly gave me a lot to choose from in my search forjust the right recipes to represent the story.

To that end, below are some Hunger Games-inspired recipes, guaranteed to fuel you up for the movie, especially if you’re heading to the midnight showing. (And to those people I’d like to say, Wow, you’re hardcore—good for you.)

Enjoy and eat up!

—Mackenzie Schieck, Editor,

Lamb Stew 
Katniss, the main character, was asked in the pre-games interview to name her favorite part of the events so far. Understandably unenthused by pretty much everypart—after all, she’s about to be thrown into a death match—she answered honestly, “The lamb stew.”

 Lamb Stew with Green Beans

Bread is everywhere in The Hunger Games, but most significantly in a flashback when Katniss’s District 12 Games-mate, Peeta, “throws away” a loaf in Katniss’s direction at a much-needed time for her family.

 Delicious Raisin Nut Banana Bread

Dandelion Salad 
Just when Katniss thought she and her family would starve, she saw a dandelion and it reminded her that there was always something she could harvest or hunt, she just needed to remember where to look.

 Dandelion Salad

In one of Katniss’s first acts of rebellion, she shoots an arrow across the room into an apple, which just happens to be sitting in the mouth of a roasted pig the Gamemakers have been feasting on. How do you like them apples? I recommend sautéed:

 Sautéed Apples

Hot Chocolate 
On the train to the Capitol, Katniss tries a “brown, rich cup of something” Peeta tells her is hot chocolate. She takes a small sip, then downs the entire cup before even starting on the meal.

 Creamy Hot Chocolate

Hunger games cupcakes from one of our Favorite Seattle Bakeries, Trophy Cupcakes
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Mar. 22, 2012 12:07 pm
Are you a Hunger Games fan? Do you plan to see the movie, or make a special meal?
Mar. 22, 2012 1:54 pm
I don;t know about that, the trailers just look so brutal, I find the older I get (and I am in my 60's) the less tolerance I have for this kind of gut wrench. My Dad used to recoil at my viewing choices and I scoffed at him,. Now I sort of understand. I find it is really not within my tolerance there are suffering children involved. I prefer to spend my time with my grandkids dying easter eggs, making cookies and the like. Does not mean that you should not experience it, I guess you can't grow to the state of intolerance without experiencing the acuality of the violence and misery.
Mar. 23, 2012 3:08 am
My SIL & I were just trying to explain the book to my MIL. She just totally couldn't get it & it's so hard to explain. It's violent w/o being violent with the wonderful writing from this author. We couldn't convince her & this is my usual type of reading material, but I'm almost through the second book! I think it's going to be even better than the first (after a slow start, IMO).
Mar. 23, 2012 3:09 am
Meant to say this *isn't* my usual type of reading.
Mar. 23, 2012 7:13 am
I put off reading it for so long as I'm not a Sci Fi Fan but I dove in and, like you, devoured it! Couldn't stop and I'm a 47 year old granny! Loved it! Must see the movie! But I will wait till the crowds die down---did I say "die"? ;0 Even hubby has agreed he wants to see the movie. Seeing as it involves hunting lured him in, so to speak. I started the second book last night! My 27 year old daughter is reading them as well, so we're having nightly converstaions about them.
Mar. 23, 2012 9:05 am
I didn't really care for the book much. I never bothered to read the other two. Mostly because I think Stephan King did it so much better in "The Long Walk."
Mar. 23, 2012 7:56 pm
How can you NOT get caught up in this trilogy? I love it when you just HAVE to read the next book. Of anything. I loved the Harry Potter books, the Dragon Tattoo books, and it reminds me of reading a page at a stop light of The DaVinci Code.
Mar. 25, 2012 8:26 am
I am a die hard (pun intended) hunger games fan! i have read and re-read the trilogy multiple times! the movie cane out here at midnight on friday, so i went to the premere, and two other times later that day;)
Mar. 30, 2012 2:25 am
I too am hooked on "The Hunger Games." The story is about so much more than just a bunch of teens running around killing each other. Covergirl, you really should give the books a try. I too am a grandmother in my 60s and for Christmas, I got all of my grandkids who were at least 12 years old, a complete set of the trilogy. We've all read it, discussed it and then banned together and went to see the movie. It was a wonderful experience. Oh, I also like to bake with and for the kids too. We do it all, and it keeps us in touch with one another. There's nothing better than a good book discussion with others and the experience is really amped up when the "others" are your kids and grandkids. I've gotta admit though, we didn't hit the midnight showing, that's just too late for me, LOL!
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