There are 3 notable meals described occurring in the Shire, or its vicinity in The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings:
During the “unexpected party”, Bilbo exhausts his larder putting out cakes, buttered scones, biscuits, seed-cake, eggs, cold chicken, pickles, coffee, tea, and beer. The dwarves call for “mince pies, pork pies, raspberry jam, apple tart, and salad”, but it is not said that he has that. Only Gandalf “seems to know” what is in his larder.
At Bilbo’s one-hundred eleventh birthday party the food is said to be “rich, abundant, varied…”, but no food is described in particular.
Years later, at Farmer Maggots, Frodo and Sam gorge on a Mushroom and Bacon casserole.
Bilbo ate only the food “fit to eat” after the Trolls were killed -- bread, cheese, and bacon.
The meals at Beorn’s lodge are consumed with relish, but do not count, for obvious reasons.
Is the diet of the Shire Hobbits based on the “Full English” breakfast and High Tea? Do they eat the way Americans seem to imagine the English to eat all day long?
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