If you are a food-loving bookworm with a fondness for fairy tales, this may just be the perfect blog post for you!
Food is one of the most essential things we need in life (along with books, of course), yet we often take it for granted in the food-wasting western world. Back in the bad old days when fairy tales were everyone’s Netflix, food was not always easy to come by though. Starvation and the desire to eat well are therefore important elements in many fairy tales. Now, this may sound awfully depressing to read about, BUT it’s (usually) not. You see, these stories are filled with magical ways of escaping hunger and poverty, which makes everything a whole lot more interesting. Besides, some fairy tales feature magic-laced food simply because they can – no starving protagonist included in the plot.
Below, I’ve compiled five of my favourite German fairy tales about food. Some of these stories might make you hungry whilst some could make you lose your appetite – but all of them are packed with magic!
1. The White Snake
This fairy tale proves that you might just miss out on the love of your life – or get killed – if you’re a fussy eater. So whenever you have the chance to try a new culinary experience, do it! You could end up with some amazing magical abilities and a princess (even if said princess is out to kill as many suitors as possible…).
2. Donkey Cabbages
Whether you love or hate cabbage, it certainly has some interesting and very magical abilities in this fairy tale. Besides some unique leafy greens, the story also features raw bird hearts with the power to make you rich. Throw in a couple of witches, a bunch of giants, and one wishing-cloak and you’ve got yourself an epic fairy tale!
3. Hansel and Grethel
The classic fairy tale about child abuse, cannibalism and gingerbread houses that we all know and love – but when was the last time you read it? Do you remember how Grethel killed the witch or how the story ends? If the details are a bit fussy, you won’t need more than 5-10 minutes to reacquaint yourself with this famous fairy tale.
4. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
If you are looking for a fairy tale with a magical goat, look no further! The heroine in this story is suffering from starvation and evil family members, but an unusually useful goat, a magical fruit tree and a handsome knight all come to her rescue – with the help of a mysterious wise woman, of course.
5. Sweet Porridge
Do you have a minute? Because if you do, you’ve got enough time to read this super short story. The fairy tale about a starving girl and a magical flood of porridge will not take you more than 30 seconds to read – perfect for an instant shot of fairy tale magic.
As always, each fairy tale title is a hyperlink that will take you to a website where you can read the stories for free. However, if you’re the owner of a Kindle, I would recommend that you download ‘Household Tales by Brothers Grimm’ translated by Margaret Hunt. It’s completely free, and the translation from German is one of the best out there (if you ask me).
I would also love to hear which fairy tales about food are your favourites! Have I mentioned any of them above?