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“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

by Shanna Snider on March 24th, 2012

It’s here, it’s finally here! The Hunger Games movie!

I didn’t come out of my room for three days after my roommate loaned me a copy of Suzanne Collins’ young adult series, The Hunger Games.  Three novels later, I finally emerged from my Panem cocoon a changed woman.  I had fallen in love, suffered a broken heart, been inspired, exhausted, shocked and awed.  I suffered the pangs of starvation and experienced a new side of myself that only a hatred for fictional characters could bring out.  Mostly, I was hungry.

It’s hard to read The Hunger Games and not be enticed by the delicious descriptions of Capitol cuisine or completely repelled by entrail stews. Collins’ did an amazing job of interweaving food and cuisine into every aspect of the book.  From Primm’s perfectly packaged bits of goat cheese wrapped in basil to the lavish feasts in the Capitol; food guides our emotions through this post apocalyptic upheaval.

I’ve been searching for the perfect recipes to adequately celebrate the movie premiere.  With 44 different foods and dishes colorfully described in the first book alone, the most difficult decision was narrowing down a menu to somewhere between District 12 and Capitol proportions. (a very cool blog if you’re a book loving foodie like myself) compiled a comprehensive list of all the dishes found throughout The Hunger Game series.  Click here to check out the whole list provided by Fictional Food author “Greasy Sae.”

The Hunger Games Cuisine sparked new recipes to suddenly appear as if dropped by parachutes from the sky.  Here’s a little collection of recipe contest winners and adventurous bloggers taking on Collins’ creations:

  1. The Gazette Times wild card recipe winner: Green Broth That Tastes Like Springtime
  2. From the Mercury News: Going into Battle Lamb Stew with Plums and Cranberries
  3. A Tale of 2 Foodies take on the Capitol’s Creamy Orange Chicken
  4. The start of an epic love story:  Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread

“I stared at the loaves in disbelief. They were fine, perfect really, except for the burned areas. Did he mean for me to have them? He must have. Because there they were at my feet. Before anyone could witness what had happened I shoved the loaves up under my shirt, wrapped the hunting jacket tightly about me, and walked swiftly away. The heat of the bread burned into my skin, but I clutched it tighter, clinging to life.” ~Katniss Everdeen

Help us decide which recipes to take from the pages and bring to life:  If you were competing in the Hunger Games, which dish would you want your sponsors to send you?  Tell us in the comments!