Get this: some of the greatest authors of the modern era love(d) food and booze just as much as you and I. Agatha Christie, creator of the Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries, once admitted, When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.” And as such, generations of brilliant writers have sacrificed their intellect for their seemingly silly eating and drinking habits.

Do you feel guilty over that ice-cream sundae you housed last night after getting drunk off of three martinis? Well, author Stephen King eats a piece of cheesecake every single day before he sits down to write, and Truman Capote was an incurable (and sassy) lush.

Creative minds thrive on inspiration and new ideas, but many authors get stuck in the same eating and boozing rut. Here, we take a look at some of the zaniest habits of successful writers, from Kurt Vonnegut to Maya Angelou.

Read about the strangest eating and drinking habits of famous writers, and find out how you can follow in their footsteps.