The Hempstocks from The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanRead about another entry on the list.
Lettie, Ginnie, and Gran are three generations of Hempstock women living down the lane from the narrator of this novel. The home of these longtime members of the community (several centuries at least) is very much a sanctuary, and they are proficient in all manner of magical arts, from the cellular to the interdimensional levels. Attentive and thoughtful neighbors, the Hempstocks are also amazing cooks. Pancakes with plum jam, porridge with blackberry jam, spotted dick with custard, fresh honeycomb with cream, beef and roast potatoes, and other delectable dishes are a comfort to body and spirit—and would be a welcome addition to block parties and neighborhood potlucks.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is among Peter Straub's six favorite books.