First published as The Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1956 by Dodie Smith, author of I Capture the Castle, many of us will be familar with 101 Dalmatians through Disney’s 1961 adaptation. The storyline between the novel and the movie are quite similar, however I noted that there were more links to Cruella and the devil in the book than the movie suggests.
Along with Cruella’s cruelty to animals, she needs an extraordinarily high amount of heat to keep warm. Furthermore, everything she eats in The Hundred and One Dalmatian novel is laced with pepper. At her dinner party, everything tastes of pepper, even the ice cream.
“The soup was dark purple. And what did it taste of? Pepper!
The fish was bright green. And what did it taste of? Pepper!
The meat was pale blue. And what did it taste of? Pepper!
Everything tasted of pepper, even the ice-cream– which was black.”
At the Dearly’s own dinner party, where Cruella is invited, a pepper grinder is placed nearby. She grinds so much, she causes everyone to sneeze.
‘Cruella was busy peppering her fruit salad when Nanny Butler came in and whispered to Mrs Dearly.’
Other food mentioned in The Hundred and One Dalmatians novel can be organised into two sections. The first is the food served at the Dearly’s home for the (well looked after) dalmatians.
- ‘Soon she came up with some milk and half a tin of sardines.’
- ‘A nice egg by the fire’
- ‘They now fed themselves entirely, eating shredding meat as well as soaked bread and milk puddings.’
The other section is on their journey to find their puppies. Pongo and Missis (named Perdita in the film) are helped along the way by the ‘Twilight barking’, a variety of dogs, each providing food, drink and shelter as they travel.
- “…half a dozen iced cakes and a box of peppermint creams.”
- ‘Will steak be satisfactory?’
- …a large plate of meat.
- Hot buttered toast and sweet milky tea
And that’s the food mentioned in The Hundred and One Dalmatians. If you haven’t read the book (but have seen the movie), I highly recommend taking the time to read the novel. The reading age range is 8-12 years old, so is an easy read for adults and most kids. Click here to be taken to The Hundred and One Dalmatians on Amazon.
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