1. Pick out a great food scene that you've read and loved. It can be from a novel, poem, play, memoir, short story--whatever! Only requirement is that it have been in print (no movie scenes or song lyrics). The scene could be as short as a couple lines or as long as an entire chapter--no limits.
2. E-mail me your scene and the reference (i.e. "Like Water for Chocolate," chapter one, page 2-4)
3. Come back on the 31st to vote for your favorite.
Easy, huh? Also remember that I'm going to randomly pick a second winner from ALL who enter. If you're not that literarily inclined, you can also gain entry by posting about the contest on your blog and sending me the link.
I'm accepting entries until next Friday, the 28th. I'll post the top five that following monday for voting.
Each winner gets a full batch of Italian Rainbow cookies in a lovely ribboned gift box.
To inspire you, here is a scene I read just the other day in a book called Trail of Crumbs. It's by Kim Sunee and it's wonderful:
"He popped open the Champagne and poured two glasses. He dipped his forefinger into my glass, touched the back of each of my ears with a drop of the cold liquid, and offered a toast. Olivier winked, and I could feel everything melting, the space between my legs. I leaned back and closed my eyes, ready for him to kiss me, but he filled my mouth with a sweetness I had never known before, deeper than honey. I opened my eyes to a handful of fresh fat figs dripping with their own milk. He whispered that we would roast them with red wine, taste them with acacia blossoms he would fry and powder with fine sugar.
...I pushed the hair off my face, and the sweetness from the wild figs stuck to my fingers and lips. I licked them again, willing myself to memorize that full-mouth flavor."
And now it's your turn...