When you're burning the midnight oil and your stomach starts to grumble, what should you reach for to fuel you through the night? We decided to go directly to the source. We mean writers, of course. After all, who knows better the pain and pleasure of the midnight munchies than the literary set?
This month, we asked 20 authors, past and present, to share what they snack on in the wee hours.
Ramona Ausubel's new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, is the story of a family sent into a tailspin when the seemingly bottomless well of money they took for granted runs dry. Described as a modern-day fairy tale, the book recently made Vulture's list of the Best 100 Beach Reads ever – putting Ausubel right up there with Edith Wharton and Philip Roth.
Of course, the award-winning writer already had plenty to brag about: She is the winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award for her No One Is Here Except All of Us.
Here are the late-night treats that feed her genius.
Ramona Ausubel's Favorite Midnight Snack: Popcorn and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Like almost every writer we spoke with, Ausubel is partial to popcorn, but she likes to chases the cheesy, salty goodness with a hint of something sweet.
I have two small children, so until a few months ago I was the midnight snack. But if I ever find myself up late and I'm the hungry one, my dream foods are popcorn with lots of butter and nutritional yeast (northern New Mexico hippie upbringing!) followed by mint chocolate chip ice cream. And then a little more popcorn for salt, and then maybe one more tiny bite of ice cream — just to be sure it's still good.
Is ice cream your midnight snack, too? Tell us your favorite flavor.