My characters never used to eat. Even in my longest manuscripts, my MC and friends would go for days, weeks, months without having a bite. Sometimes they’d drink, but only rarely. When I had more writing experience, though, I discovered something, people like to read about food.
I’ve never written a book about food. I am in no way a foodie, and I hate to cook, but I’ve found that even I like hearing that characters take a break from their busy lives and eat a little something now and then. It makes them more personable; I can relate to them. Characters in sci-fi/fantasy are often larger than life, but even superheroes need breakfast.
So, I began to sneak it in, a light snack of fruit here, a roasted chicken there, and it’s always gotten a positive response. Now, I find myself looking for it in the stories I read. It frustrates me when food appears but is never eaten, or never appears at all. Like anything, it can be over-described, but during the long hike through the wilderness, I feel closer to the characters when they break and eat trail mix.
Do you let your characters eat? Is your MC starving? Or do you sneak in a parfait from time to time?