The Best Classic Books as Inspired by Pastries

Catcher Pastry

Thanks to sfarnell for tagging me in the Pastry Book Tag! As usual, I can’t do anything quite like the rest of the world, so I turned this into a list of some of my favorite classics!

P.S. What in the world is a croquembouche???

1. Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.


The fact that I love this book so much almost worries me…after all, it’s not a happy story. But the imagery of the moors and the overall aura of the book just draws me in! As far as EVERYONE loving it…well, I know at least one person who would strongly disagree with me on that…haha.


2. Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.


It’s. So. Long. But the way Hugo reveals the connections between all of the characters through plot twists is absolutely incredible. You, sir, are one of my heroes.


3. Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I’ve got to be honest here: I had high hopes for this book because:


is one of my favorites! But I had a really hard time getting into it and I definitely feel like some things were completely forgotten about by the end…I don’t want to say more because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’ve read it I’d love for you to email me at and let me know if I just missed something or what!!


4. Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

Version 2

Okay, I’m technically cheating here because I actually went into this book with virtually zero expectations…you heard me: ZERO.  I knew NOTHING about it besides that it was a classic and I liked the awesome orange cover art. (I actually love reading this way! But that’s a topic for another post.) It quickly became one of my all time favorite books. And here I stop in case you decide to read it blind, too!


5. Profliterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.


 I’m not saying it doesn’t get attention…after all, it IS a classic. But I think it deserves to be up there with Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, and fairy tales. It was absolutely mind-blowing (in a good way).


6. Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.


My mind immediately went to Les Misérables, but since I’ve already used that one I’ll go with this one, instead. Basically, Hugo was a genius, and if you think you know the story just from watching the Disney movie, think again.


7. Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.


 This play/movie is HILARIOUS (Reese Witherspoon version).  I guess it makes sense that I really enjoyed movie because it Wilde DID intend for it to be performed.  Congratulations, Oscar, you nailed the genre!


8. Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.


It’s been way too long since I’ve read this book so I don’t remember much of it, but I definitely remember the bittersweet feel that lingered on after the end.  But no spoilers here!


9. Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.


What did the “drink me” potion and other growing/shrinking delicacies taste like, I wonder??

Thanks again!

And if anyone wants to participate, feel free!

7 thoughts on “The Best Classic Books as Inspired by Pastries”

  1. I was in a small, second-hand bookshop in Paris a few months ago and picked up this one book based on the title. It had no cover, no blurb, nothing. Just a title in blue and a white background. I still haven’t read it but I see why you like reading blind. It’s quite exhilarating! 🙂
    Great list! I love Hugo and if you want another crazy long (and I mean that) and twisted plots, try Emile Zola. Then again… You could probably read 3 other books in the time you’d read this one and they’d all be worth it! 😀

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