Highlights: The Hunger Games

As you’re probably aware, the Hunger Games movie opened on Friday.  At the risk of sounding like a crazed 15 year old fangirl, I’m pretty excited about this movie.  As in, it’s the first movie I’ve wanted to see in theaters for years.  I read the first book of the trilogy in 2008 when I was working as an assistant high school librarian in Maine.  I waited for each book to come out and loved all of them.  When the movie was announced, I was kind of nervous.  Generally, I don’t like movie adaptations of loved books.  So far, however, it seems that the reviews of The Hunger Games movie have been pretty positive.

In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet:

In addition to all of the entertainment related press the movie has gotten, The Hunger Games has also garnered a bunch of food-blog related press (and this collection doesn’t even include all my posts from people who just saw and reviewed the movie!)

Several of those posts involved pointing out the comparisons between Panem (the fictional nation in the books) and the current United States.  Some people have put a lot more thought into it than I ever did and it’s really interesting.  Fabio Parasecoli discusses how food is a source of power in both places in a Huffington Post piece called The Hunger Games and the Politics of Food”.

Similarly, on Civil Eats the question ““The Hunger Games:” Fantasy or Prophecy?” is asked.  Even if it is a prophecy, one of the authors of Grist interviewed kids to find out whether they actually realized it or just liked the violence.

CNN’s Eatocracy featured a piece about the way in which the novel’s main character, Katniss Everdeen, defies conventional hunter sterotypes.  Food and Wine goes so far as to picture Katniss as “the poster child for sustainability”.

Enough serious stuff, on to the recipes!

Food Republic has a series of Hunger Games inspired recipes, including Steak Tartare, Capitol Grade Dark Chocolate Cake and Cured Meat Sandwich.

It’s past the premiere, but never too late for a Hunger Games party!  The Kitchn has some great suggestions for party food.

There’s an Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook and Emily on Serious Eats tried out the brownie recipe.  Apparently they’re amazing.

I’d love to hear thoughts from anyone who has already seen the movie.  I’m putting it on my to do list for next weekend!

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