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Food is a major theme in The Hunger Games trilogy, and it manifests in a variety of ways: descriptions of meals, whether simple or elaborate, are a regular feature of the narrative; for several years, putting food on her family’s table was the primary focus of Katniss Everdeen’s existence; and it was through food (specifically bread) that Katniss and Peeta first made the connection that set many later events of the series in motion.

On a more symbolic level, descriptions of food often help to set the tone for a particular scene. They help to distinguish between different areas of Panem, and reveal details about society and culture. In poorer areas, such as the Seam in District 12, the people have a very hardscrabble existence, and the foods listed tend to be very basic and/or low in quality, such as bread made from ration grain and dishes made from whatever ingredients can be found in the surrounding woods. In contrast, cuisine in the Capitol is very over-the-top, made with an endless variety of expensive and high quality ingredients, and served in large portions or buffets. Aside from this basic distinction, different types of food are associated with individual districts of Panem, depending of the district’s industry, climate, and economic/demographic makeup.

District 12

Breakfast with Gale in the woods

  • Fresh bakery bread[1]
  • Goat cheese with basil leaves[1]
  • Blackberries[1]

Purchased at the Hob

Pre-Reaping breakfast (74th Hunger Games)

  • Goat’s milk[1]
  • Ration grain bread[1]

Post-Reaping dinner (prepared, but unknown if eaten)

  • Fish stew with wild greens[1]
  • Bakery bread[1]
  • Wild strawberries[1]

“Rough times” (after Mr. Everdeen’s death)

Courtesy of Greasy Sae

  • Soups
    • Mincemeat, pig entrails, and tree bark (a “winter specialty”)[6]
    • Gourd and bean[3]
    • Wild dog and rhubarb[7]
  • Eggs, toast, and bacon (made for Katniss during her recovery)[8]

Mellark bakery specialties

  • Apple and goat cheese tart[9]
  • Cheese buns[10]
  • Cinnamon-and-dill bread[11]
  • Cookies[6]
  • Iced cakes[12]
  • Raisin-and-nut bread[4]

In the woods

  • Beavers[3]
  • Blackberries[1]
  • Deer[13]
  • Waterfowl
  • Fish[1]
  • Honey (Katniss mentions that the wine she tasted on her first night in the Capitol could be improved by adding some honey, [15] and recounts to Peeta that she once got into a standoff with a black bear over a beehive.[12])
  • Katniss roots[14]
  • Lynx[1]
  • Plums[16]
  • Squirrels[1]
  • Strawberries[1]
  • Wild dog[1]
  • Wild greens[1]
  • Wild Turkey[6]

Miscellaneous

  • Brightly-colored hard candy in "flat round disks" (from the district's tiny sweet shop)[5]
  • Peas (Katniss mentions that peas are grown in a garden in District 12)[17]
  • Hunting rations (several weeks after 74th Hunger Games)
  • Peppermint candies (possibly from the sweetshop)
  • Cheese sandwiches (eaten by District 13 propo team while filming)[18]

Tribute train

Dinner, 74th Hunger Games

  • Thick carrot soup[6]
  • Green salad[6]
  • Lamb chops and mashed potatoes[6]
  • Cheese and fruit[6]
  • Chocolate cake[6]

Breakfast, 74th Hunger Games

Dinner, 75th Hunger Games

  • Soup of pureed vegetables (served cold)[19]
  • Fish cakes with creamy lime paste[19]
  • Small roasted birds filled with orange sauce[19]
    • Served with wild rice and watercress[19]
  • Chocolate custard dotted with cherries[19]

Warm milk with honey and spices

  • Ordered by Katniss to soothe her nerves[19]

Katniss' lunches with Cinna

74th Hunger Games

  • Chicken with oranges in creamy sauce[17]
    • Served over “pearly white grain” (rice?)[17]
  • Green peas with onions[17]
  • Flower-shaped rolls[17]
  • Honey-colored pudding[17]

75th Hunger Games

  • Pheasant[20]
    • Served with “jewel-colored jellies”[20]
  • Tiny vegetables in melted butter[20]
  • Mashed potatoes with parsley[20]
  • Fruit dipped in melted chocolate (i.e. fondue)[20]

District 12 apartment, Training Center

Dinner after the Tribute Parade, 74th Hunger Games

  • Goose liver and puffy bread (eaten by Katniss as an appetizer)[15]
  • Wine (described as dry and tart)[15]
  • Mushroom soup[15]
  • Bitter greens with tiny tomatoes[15]
  • Rare roast beef[15]
  • Noodles in "green sauce" (pesto?)[15]
  • Cheese and blue grapes[15]
  • Cake “flambé” (soaked in alcohol and lit on fire)[15]

First breakfast in the Capitol, 74th Hunger Games

"At least twenty dishes" were on offer at this meal[12]

  • Eggs[12]
  • Sausages[12]
  • "Batter cakes" (pancakes?) covered with "orange preserves" (marmalade?)[12]
  • Pale purple melon[12]
  • Beef stew served over "hot grain" (porridge?)[12]
  • Rolls[12]
  • Hot chocolate[12]

Dinner after private training session, 74th Hunger Games

  • Fish soup[16]
  • Rolls (with butter)[16]
  • Pork chops and mashed potatoes[16]
  • Wine[16]

Breakfast, interview coaching day, 74th Hunger Games

  • Lamb stew with dried plums served over wild rice (Katniss' favorite dish)[16]
  • Orange juice[16]

Dinner after interviews, 74th Hunger Games

  • Only dish mentioned was "cream and rose-petal soup"[21]

Dinner after the Tribute Parade, 75th Hunger Games

  • Only dish mentioned was peas in a "buttery sauce"[22]

First breakfast in the Capitol, 75th Hunger Games

Party at the Presidential Mansion (74th Hunger Games Victory Tour)

At least 20 varieties of soup

  • Creamy pumpkin with slivered nuts and tiny black seeds (poppy seeds?)[23]
  • Clear green broth described as “tasting like springtime”[23]
  • Frothy pink soup with raspberries[23]

Whole roasted animals

Fowl stuffed with fruits and nuts

  • Small roasted birds filled with orange sauce[23]

“Ocean creatures” (i.e. seafood) with various sauces

  • Table of shellfish (mentioned in passing)[23]
    • Oysters? (Katniss mentions in passing that she had only tried oysters once, at some point in the Capitol.[24] Maybe it was here?)

Many varieties of bread, cheese, vegetables, and sweets

  • Table of cakes (at least one decorated with chocolate flowers)[23]

Drinks

  • Wine and flaming spirits[23]
  • Glasses of clear liquid (allows one to vomit up their previous meal in order to eat more)[23]

In the Arena

74th Hunger Games

  • In Katniss' backpack
  • Hunted game
  • Courtesy of Rue
    • "quite a collection of nuts, roots, and greens"[27]
      • "starchy root" (similar to parsnip)[27]
      • Berries[27]
    • Two large eggs (from some kind of water fowl)[28]
  • Supplies in Cornucopia
  • Fed to Peeta
    • Hot broth (received as gift from sponsor)[30]
    • Groosling stew with roots and chives[13]
    • Berry mush (spiked with sleep syrup)[13]
  • Picnic in the cave

75th Hunger Games

  • First night's meal
    • Charred tree rat meat[32]
    • Roasted nuts (similar to chestnut)[32]
    • Tree water[32]
  • Morning meal, day two
  • Last meal

First meals out of the Arena

74th Hunger Games

In the hospital

Training Center

District 13

Breakfast

  • Bowl of "hot grain" (porridge?)[35]
  • Cup of milk[35]
  • Scoop of fruit/vegetables
    • Mashed turnips[35]
    • Mushy beets[18]
    • Stewed squash w/garlic[36]

Lunch

  • Sliced bread
  • Cup of Water
  • Stews
    • Bean and onion[7]
    • Fish and okra (described as "grayish")[37]
    • Fish and beet[38]

Dinner

  • Stew with minced venison[18]
  • Pea soup[18]
  • Beef stew with potatoes, turnips, and onions[38]

Miscellaneous

"In the Capitol" (Squad 451 mission)

Canned goods

  • Cod chowder[42]
  • Lamb stew with dried plums[42]
  • Potato and bean stew[42]
  • Beef stew[42]

Trivia

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 The Hunger Games, Chapter 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Hunger Games (film)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Catching Fire, Chapter 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Hunger Games, Chapter 2
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 The Hunger Games, Chapter 4
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 The Hunger Games, Chapter 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mockingjay, Chapter 4
  8. Mockingjay, Chapter 27
  9. The Hunger Games, Chapter 23
  10. Catching Fire, Chapter 10
  11. Catching Fire, Chapter 11
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 The Hunger Games, Chapter 7
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 The Hunger Games, Chapter 20
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Catching Fire, Chapter 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 The Hunger Games, Chapter 6
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 The Hunger Games, Chapter 8
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 The Hunger Games, Chapter 5
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Mockingjay, Chapter 9
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Catching Fire, Chapter 14
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Catching Fire, Chapter 15
  21. The Hunger Games, Chapter 10
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Catching Fire, Chapter 16
  23. 23.00 23.01 23.02 23.03 23.04 23.05 23.06 23.07 23.08 23.09 23.10 Catching Fire, Chapter 6
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Catching Fire, Chapter 25
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Hunger Games, Chapter 11
  26. The Hunger Games, Chapter 12
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 The Hunger Games, Chapter 15
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 The Hunger Games, Chapter 16
  29. The Hunger Games, Chapter 18
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 The Hunger Games, Chapter 19
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 The Hunger Games, Chapter 22
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Catching Fire, Chapter 20
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Catching Fire, Chapter 22
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 The Hunger Games, Chapter 26
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Mockingjay, Chapter 3
  36. Mockingjay, Chapter 8
  37. Mockingjay, Chapter 5
  38. 38.0 38.1 Mockingjay, Chapter 17
  39. Mockingjay, Chapter 11
  40. Mockingjay, Chapter 14
  41. Mockingjay, Chapter 16
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 Mockingjay, Chapter 21
  43. The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, Page 108

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