Riggs isn’t kidding – the children* certainly are peculiar.
Emma can make fire with her hands.
Millard is invisible.
Hugh has bees living in his stomach.
There’s also Olive, the levitating girl, and Claire, who is a backmouth. (I’ll let you read the book to discover what that is on your own.)
And it’s not just the children who have “gifts;” their headmistress Miss Peregrine can in fact morph into a bird at will!
So it stands to reason that the food this strange cast partakes in must also be “special,” right?
Not so much.
Newcomer Jacob joins them for a dinner consisting of: a roasted goose, its flesh a perfect golden brown; a whole salmon and a whole cod, each outfitted with lemons and fresh dill and pats of melting butter; a bowl of steamed mussels; platters of roasted vegetables; loaves of bread still cooling from the oven; and all manner of jellies and sauces [he] didn’t recognize.
Okay, maybe that’s not a typical American dinner, but Jacob has come a very long way - to a remote island off the coast of Wales - to find these peculiars from his grandfather’s stories, so you have to take regional culture into account. More interesting still - it’s not only great distance he has covered, but also time. Again, you’re on your own to discover in which era this meal would most likely be served…and if Jacob will make it back.
*Or syndrigast, to use the venerable language of [the] ancestors.