I hope I won't get into trouble for posting this here, but I thought it came under 'describing' and 'general writing that appeals to the senses'! I was taking a break today and was reading an old novel where a meal is described. Then I remembered how many of my favourite books when I was a child (like the 'Swallows and Amazons' books by Arthur Ransome) had food described which I really loved reading about. I mean, it was absolutely mouth-watering! Sometimes the whole picnic--crusty bread with marmalade, ice cold ginger beer etc--was described, for up to half a page. Maybe it was so appealing because I was at boarding school I wondered if this type of writing has gone out of fashion a bit, since I don't seem to find food described so well any more? Or is it that people just don't cook, so they don't think so much about food (until they get hungry)? Do you like having food described, or do you think it's a waste of time (not advancing the plot, and all that)? Would it be a mistake to include the odd description of food here and there?