The BFG by Roald Dahl — The poor big friendly giant has only one thing to eat in Giant Country: the “extremely icky-poo vegetable” called the snozzcumber. When Sophie takes a nibble it, she can’t help but spit it out. “It tastes like frogskins! And rotten fish!” And you thought spinach was bad.
Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar — Nearly two decades after I first read this book, I can still remember cringing when Laura gulps down a raw egg to try to restore her secret club’s very sensitive treasures. And the worst thing is, it doesn’t even work.
Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta — Roy’s dad is a very creative chef. Spam manicotti! Green bean chili! Spinach surprise! No wonder Roy is so often tempted to skip dinner. Think he’s just being picky? Try them for yourself, then.
Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne — I still feel queasy remembering the horrible concoction of ingredients (mayo, vinegar, and tomato juice, just to name a few) that Celeste mixes together in an effort to make a diet drink. And Celeste felt pretty queasy, too, as her gym teacher’s shoes can attest!
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey — The wonder of a fresh apple after days of near starvation is an amazing thing. But when that’s all you have to eat for days on end, they might as well be snozzcumbers. And Hahp doesn’t hold back in his descriptions of what such a diet does to his digestive system. I dare you to eat an apple right after finishing this book and not grimace.
All right, readers. What’s the worst food you’ve ever read about?