What would Jane Rizzoli eat?

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6 replies
  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Tess,I can almost smell the wonderful food that your father prepared..no wonder you have such an affinity for it.
    With baby Regina and a full time job I can’t see Jane doing much cooking! I suspect that Gabriel does most of it..and as he seems a very fastidious man I imagine he makes healthy food.
    While she’s on the job Jane probably eats fast food..these are just a few obsevations..don’t know how close I am to yours?
    Regards, Jenny

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    jenny, you share exactly my vision of how Jane and Gabriel are about their food. Gabriel’s fastidious, Jane not so much. And yep, Gabriel probably does most of the cooking!

  3. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    Maybe what Jane and Maura eat is a reflection on what YOU like to eat. You mentioned Jane loves french fries, whereas you proclaim yourself The French Fry Queen. I’m sure you enjoy a BBQ with a nice cold beer, or a romantic French meal with (yuck) snails and a nice glass of wine. I find some authors put themselves into their work. Both you and Steven King live in Maine and that is the city of choice in both yours and his works. I guess it does make it easier to work with familiar surroundings. I used to work as an Auxiliary Police Officer in the early 1980’s and the stereotype is true. On a break, we would head to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts. So for people on the go like Jane and Maura, drive through is the way to go.
    But on those quiet evenings, it is nice to sit down and be served.
    Counting the days until Ice Cold. Can’t wait. Have yourself a wonderful day, Tess.

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    Abe, ah yes, BBQ and cold beer is a favorite of mine. I confess, my dining tastes go across the board, from hot dogs (always with chopped onions, mustard, and ketchup) to caviar and champagne. The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten was fruit bats, in Micronesia. It was on the menu, and I just had to give it a try.

  5. SongDragon
    SongDragon says:

    Also, where you’re from makes a huge difference in what you call something, not just your tastes. I grew up in New England, eating “Popovers” with supper. I went to university in Nova Scotia, and the food wasn’t terribly different since it’s still the east coast, but they have “Yorkshire Pudding” instead. There’s a much more British influence on what things are called, and my friends had to introduce me to Flake Bars, Coffee Crisps, what I call “Smarties” are called “Rockets” there, and “Smarties” are a chocolate candy more akin to M&M’s, and of course the biggest little thing about food is whether you call it “Pop” or “Soda”.

    Food is a great way to develop a character. It says a lot about someone, the way they sit down to a meal, even just by themselves. It’s interesting reading more about the differences between Jane and Maura.

  6. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    SongDragon, ever since I read Little Women as a girl I’ve wondered what “Popovers” are!
    So, its like “Yorkshire Pudding”? Strange thing for the March girls to eat for breakfast..but many thanks for clearing that up for me..I’m English..so bring on the “Pop”!

    Regards, Jenny

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