Natalie Babbitt‘s 1969 The Search for Delicious is a standalone children’s fantasy.
Prime Minister DeCree’s dictionary seemed a harmless hobby, until the day he reached the word “delicious.” The King was most displeased with the example DeCree selected. The Queen for her part agreed that DeCree’s example was poorly chosen, but disagreed with the King as to which food was the best choice for “delicious.” No agreement was reached.
Further discussion disclosed that each person in the castle had their own favourite food. Nobody was willing to compromise. Not only was this conflict a significant roadblock in dictionary production … government meetings devolved into arguments re the best example for “delicious.”
The proposed solution: a national poll.