A Gastronomic Collection of Quotes from Roald Dahl’s Fictional Cuisine

Happy birthday wishes to Roald Dahl, the great children’s author, former fighter pilot, and foodie. There’s no mistaking the late British novelist’s love of cuisine.

A passion for food springs forth from the pages of Dahl’s bibliography, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach — delicious and disgusting gastronomical delights. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes and other cookbooks detail the recipes for Dahl’s fictional cuisine such as the Bogtrotter cake in Matilda and the snozzcumber in The BFG. Dahl’s personal favorites were tame by comparison: chocolate and caviar. According to roalddahl.com, the young food-obsessed author would host chocolate tastings with his boyhood friends.

Here are just a few foodie-inspired quotes from Dahl’s works, including a video featuring Dahl sharing his love of chocolate.


“Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”

“Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasn’t been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night.”

“Eatable marshmallow pillows. Lickable wallpaper for nurseries. Hot ice creams for cold days. Cows that give chocolate milk. Fizzy lifting drinks. Square sweets that look round.”

“Rainbow drops — suck them and you can spit in six different colours.”

“‘Eat!’ she shouted, banging her thigh with the riding-crop. ‘If I tell you to eat, you will eat! You wanted cake! You stole cake! And now you’ve got cake! What’s more, you’re going to eat it! You do not leave this platform and nobody leaves this hall until you have eaten the entire cake that is sitting there in front of you! Do I make myself clear, Bogtrotter? Do you get my meaning?'”