Food in Fanworks

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Related: Coffeeshop AU, Bakery AU, Chef AU, Baking AU
See Also: Fannish Cooking, Food kink, Feeding kink
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Fanworks featuring food as a key theme or element are popular in many fandoms.

Some fanworks take the form of recipes or feature recipes within the text.

Others use food for plot or characterisation, placing the characters in settings where they make food, either professionally (Coffeeshop AU, Chef AU, Bakery AU etc) or for their personal pleasure (Baking AU etc.)

In others still, the eating of food is a romantic or sexual experience: a stand-in for other activities, a kind of foreplay, or a kink in itself (Feeding kink). Food might also be used as an accessory during sex (Food kink.)[1]

In yet other fanworks, often in the crackfic genre, one or more of the characters are food.

Example Fanworks


  • Stove Stories, a collection of "fannish works featuring food as a vehicle of social interaction" on the AO3


Beauty and the Beast

Earth's Children

Harry Potter

The Hunger Games


Like Water for Chocolate

Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh

  • Cori Falls was well-known for adding at least two meal scenes to her stories, and describing in great detail what the characters ordered or prepared.

Sherlock (BBC)

Stargate Atlantis

Supernatural RPF

One Direction



  1. See, for various examples, the fics tagged "kink:food" at the Blindfold SPN kink meme's pinboard account. (Accessed 30 Dec 2011).