Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
If you're a fan of fantasy novels, you'll probably get a kick out of this book. It's not a novel (so I'm not going to be posting any reviews of it). It's more like an A-to-Z guidebook that points out (in a funny way) the things that so many fantasy novels share: settings, characters, magic, food, etc.
FARMING obviously takes place, since produce appears in the MARKETS, and the Tour will sometimes take you past cultivated fields. But most fields will have been trampled or burnt by ARMIES, or else parched by magical drought. Dairy farming seems very rare. This probably accounts for the extreme dullness of most meals in Fantasyland (see STEW, FOOD, STEW, SCURVY, STEW, etc.).
~ page 69 - The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones
For some reason, I now have a craving for stew...