A setting that is a character can offer something that other characters cannot as easily provide– a food source. What the characters of an area eat can reveal a great deal about them. Are there farms? Do the people eat mostly grains or mostly red meat? What do they drink? Is food in this setting plentiful or scarce? Has it always been that way (meaning the people are accustomed to living in such a way), or is this a recent change?
Food gives an opportunity for the setting to affect all of the characters.
Fans of Orange is the New Black have learned the importance of food, and the prison kitchen, to those characters.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite flavor of cake?