The Great Loves of Gilmore Girls: Food


Many things in life remind me of Gilmore Girls. Snow. Melissa McCarthy. Monkey underpants. And then there’s food.

college food

Lorelai and Rory were never shy in their affections for food. Marzipan aside, there was little that wouldn’t pass their lips and generally, the junkier the better.  Lorelai was on first name terms with the major delivery places around Stars Hollow, seemed to keep Al’s Pancake World in business and schooled those college girls (pictured above) in the etiquette of fast food:

Lorelai: The whole point of getting everything within delivery distance is so we can judge the quality of food, speed of service, cuteness of delivery guys on a scale of one to ten…  (Bonus points if you remember how many points Lorelai gives the pizza delivery guy delivering a stack of pizzas.)

… and ordering from a Taco Barn Drive-Thru…

Lorelai: Hi. Um, two tacos, an order of taquitos, a beef burrito with no onions, and, uh, don’t bother bagging it, that’ll just slow us down.

Lorelai’s best friend, Sookie, was an amazing chef.  Luke was a cook.  I can’t see the Girls getting on with anyone who didn’t love food.  Food = Love.  Dean took Rory out for meatballs.  Jess knew his weiners (best hotdog stand in New York, get your mind out of the gutter).  Logan only seemed like husband material to me after he cooked that magnificent lobster.  Max blagged osso bucco, Jason ate supermarket cuisine, Chris hired a restaurant in Paris.

Then there are certain dishes that I’ve only ever heard in conversation from the Girls. Turtleneck / Mock Turtle soup for instance:

Emily: He’s in his office now with the Scotch, and he wants turtleneck soup — asks for it over and over.
Lorelai: What’s turtleneck soup?
Emily: Apparently something his mother used to have made for him when he was a little boy, and now he wants some, and I can’t seem to find anybody who has any idea what it is.

I looked this one up. Wikipedia has a recipe from the mid-eighteenth century (vegetarians, you may wish to avert your eyes) that includes the phrases ‘large calf’s head’ and ‘boil until the horn is tender’.  You don’t hear that every day.  Fun fact: Queen Victoria placed a reward for live turtles – a rare culinary delicacy – to be delivered from the Caribbean, but none came back because they were so delicious the sailors ate them en route.

Deviled eggs also fit into this category and make a surprise appearance in Farmville 2: Country Escape which is totally eating up my every non-blogging minute.

Jess: Someone egged my car.
Luke: Geez, it stinks.
Jess: It’s gonna take me forever to clean this up.
Luke: These eggs are cooked.
Jess: What?
Luke: They’re not raw eggs. They look like. . . deviled eggs.
Jess: Someone devil-egged my car?

mucho mac and cheese!

Penis-shaped pasta and pink Sno-balls also make my list – from Emily’s bachelorette party and Lorelai’s first date with Digger, respectively. Ooh, ooh and Certs, from that cat-themed hotel, where Lorelai is so hungry avoiding the weirdo guests, she resorts to eating the sweets she finds at the bottom of her handbag.

Lorelai: I ate the fuzzy Certs. They tasted like keys.

Which Gilmore gastronomics turned you on and which turned your stomach? What novelties would they be analyzing if they were around today?  Favourite food-related scenes or antics?  Can anyone confirm or deny Mexican food as a trustworthy hangover cure?

Pics c/o TheWB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

10 thoughts on “The Great Loves of Gilmore Girls: Food

  • September 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I always liked the simple set pieces; Rory sharing pizza with Lane to temper the taste of tofu to come; doing a chef impersonation at the Cape; or cudoing Emily for the Duck. Then of course there’s Lorelai scavenging for coffee at the Inn, or bribing Luke with her feminine wiles to get him to cook her a special meal.

  • September 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Don’t forget their disdain for snails and some kind of little chicken that they had to throw off a bridge after Friday night dinner. But the Mallomars spelling out Happy Birthday, that was one of my favorites.

  • September 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Frozen pizza/carnival food and/or something that would be served in a Turkish prison, that becomes suddenly wonderful with the grating of parmesan cheese, and, of course, Santa burgers.

  • September 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Poor long suffering Lane and those tasty mom treats :D

    I only refrained from posting the Mallomars pic because Tana Schrick had more personality (and that was only because she was wearing a hair tie).

    Excellent work Emily :) Do keep track of your bonus points, I’ll redeem them for coffee at StarsHollowCon :P

    I’ve got a cookbook around here that only has recipes for food on sticks. I think Lorelai would like that. (She’d give it to Luke with Post-Its.)

  • September 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

    p.s. my WordPress pic is me squirting spray cheese on Jiffy Pop.

  • September 11, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Don’t forget Johnny Machette

  • September 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Oh, if only there was a StarsHollowCon! I was just explaining to a friend how there should be a Gilmore Girls conference and she was saying I should be a GG advocate! :p

  • September 12, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Mmm Johnny Machete :O) Johnny Marzetti’s a lot like baked Hamburger Helper, right?

    Emily, one day…


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *