The Best (and Worst) Foods to Eat While Reading

Our discussion yesterday of eating while reading made us think about foods that we eat while reading. It seems like there's a sharp divide between foods that are good for eating-while-reading, and others that are definitely not. We tried to eat a two-handed basil and chicken burrito last weekend and wrestling it did not fit with our lunch reading plans.

Our breakdown of the top five best (and worst) foods to eat while reading, below. What are yours?

Best


  1. Bite-sized pasta - You eat this primly, with one hand and a fork, leaving the other hand free for the book.

  2. Soup - Most soups are one-hand affairs.

  3. Crackers, cookies, and carbs in general - But beware. Not only do they get crumbs in your pages you will also eat too much while reading.

  4. Hard pretzels - Bite-sized and non-messy.

  5. Cheese plate - Chris says this seems properly snobby for a nice read fest, good with port and a pair of slippers. Also, easy to eat. Port, Stilton, and pears, all cut beforehand into bite-size pieces, go well with a deep read in the evenings.

Worst


  1. Big burritos- These take concentration and skill to eat without making a mess - forget about turning the pages.

  2. Most sandwiches - Also two-hand affairs. If you have a book stand, though, these can still be OK.

  3. Complicated salads - Too much work; you're always having to look down at your plate.

  4. Soft pretzels - Too greasy.

  5. Popcorn - Also too greasy, and distractingly noisy.

Your turn...

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.