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.
Elinor Lipman's first story was published in Yankee magazine in 1981 and the much-beloved author has since gone on to produce 11 works of fiction, including The Family Man, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel's Bed, and The View from Penthouse B. Mega-fan Helen Hunt spent 10 years bringing Then She Found Me to the screen, her directorial debut in which she also starred.
Nor is Lipman a stranger to nonfiction: Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus, was published in 2012, followed by I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays.
All that writing makes us hungry just thinking about it. Can you guess what fuels this prolific writer?
Elinor Lipman's Favorite Midnight Snack: Popcorn with Truffle Salt
While crafting her latest novel, On Turpentine Lane, due to be published on Valentine's Day 2017, the New York-based writer stoked her creative fires with DIY microwave popcorn … while dreaming of salt and vinegar chips.
I try so hard not to snack at night, but who does that? Life is short. I don't have a sweet tooth, but I do err on the side of salty. I make my own popcorn in a brown bag, in the microwave, relatively guilt-free, but not boring because I season it with truffle salt that a wonderful friend gave me as a birthday present.
If food had no calories and no consequences, I'd eat a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips every night, alternating Classic with Sea Salt & Vinegar.
Is popcorn your midnight snack, too? Tell us how you take it.