A picture book, yes; a novel, no. You can't trust a character who doesn't think about eating at least once.
Then we were off and running, talking about our favorite meals in children's literature:
The cozy meal Mrs. Beaver offers the cold and lost Pevensie children in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: "There was a jug of creamy milk for the children (Mr. Beaver stuck to beer) and a great big lump of deep yellow butter in the middle of the table from which everyone took as much as he wanted to go with his potatoes and all the children thought - and I agree with them - that there's nothing to beat good freshwater fish if you eat it when it has been alive half an hour ago and has come out of the pan half a minute ago."
The mysterious feast that appears in the attic in A Little Princess: "rich, hot, savory soup, which was a meal in itself, and sandwiches and toast and muffins enough for both of them"
The tasty letters of the alphabet in The Phantom Tollbooth: "crisp, crunchy C" "the I, which was icy and refreshing"
Practically ALL of Harry Potter...
Cornbread and molasses (except if Pa caught a rabbit) in the Little House series
So, what's your favorite meal in children's literature?
And how would you complete this sentence: You can't trust a character who doesn't....