Sci-fi author Sarah Hoyt linked Food In The Hobbit today. Even on first reading I noticed that coffee was part of the Colombian Exchange and thus not possible for a hobbit-culture of hundreds or thousands of years ago. I wondered what else was inauthentic, and was slightly irritated. After reading Lord of the Rings immediately after finishing The Hobbit, I found the first scenes of the earlier book jarring when I reread them all less than a year later, and the foods and musical instruments leapt out at me first. After all his painstaking history and linguistics of Middle-Earth it seemed out of character to be so anachronistic. By the time I ran into someone to mention it to a few weeks later it had already occurred to me "Well, what did you expect him to list for foods? Anything authentic would have no romance in this era, and would not evoke the proper response."
Evocative. Yes, it does that very well. I liked reading about the pork pies, and learning that the cakes referred to would be relatives of fruitcakes and plum puddings.