This is something I've wondered about, and thought it would make an interesting conversation. I know that there are many ways of going about this in fiction. Some published works only make fleeting mentions of what the food is like in the story's world; others, such as the Song of Ice and Fire series, detail it heavily as a way to show the reader something about the setting and characters. For me, I make very simple descriptions since my stories take place in made-up worlds, and describing the food at least a little bit gives the reader a feel for the culture. All that I know about my current story is that rice is an important crop that makes up the bulk of the country's food, and fruit and spices are more common further to the east. Tea is the most common drink and also a profitable crop. Cheese and nuts pop up commonly in snacks/appetizers. But that's all I have been able to create so far. Since my main character lives a rather pampered life as a priestess (and started off part of a poor, rural family), it made sense to try to describe these things to show how different classes in this world ate. But I am curious about how the rest of you go about it. Does it matter much in the stories you are working on, or ones you have finished? If you do describe the cuisine of a fictional setting, how do you go about creating it?