10 iconic dishes from famous novels (pictures)

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol

Novels are the food for the soul, but who said they can’t please the body?

Now it’s easier to imagine – and cook – most memorable meals from classic and contemporary novels. Dinah Fried, an award-winning designer and writer from San Francisco, has just published a wonderful photo album Fictitious Dishes, which immediately got extremely popular thanks to the invaluable Brain Pickings blog.

In Fictitious Dishes you’ll find 50 gorgeous pictures that are photographic interpretations of “culinary moments” from classic and contemporary novels.

Each picture is accompanied by a paragraph from the book where the description appeared. On top of that, you’ll find in the book lots of interesting facts and anecdotes about authors and their culinary preferences.

While all the pictures are excellent, not all the dishes are delicious. Just have a look at Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.

And make sure the dish you make will be followed by one of the drinks from famous novels.

10 iconic dishes from famous novels


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson ⇢ “She improvised bandages and covered the wound with a makeshift compress. Then she poured the coffee and handed him a sandwich. ‘I’m really not hungry,’ he said. ‘I don’t give a damn if you’re hungry. Just eat,’ Salander commanded, taking a big bite of her own cheese sandwich.”


Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville ⇢ “Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we despatched it with great expedition…”


Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens ⇢ “Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’”


On the Road - Jack Kerouac

On the Road – Jack Kerouac ⇢ “But I had to get going and stop moaning, so I picked up my bag, said so long to the old hotelkeeper sitting by his spittoon, and went to eat. I ate apple pie and ice cream — it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer.”


The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger ⇢ “When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk. It isn’t much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H. V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.”


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol ⇢ “Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.”


The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald ⇢ “On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.”


The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka ⇢ “There were old, half-rotten vegetables; bones from the evening meal, covered in white sauce that had gone hard; a few raisins and almonds; some cheese that Gregor had declared inedible two days before; a dry roll and some bread spread with butter and salt….”


The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett ⇢ “Roasted eggs were a previously unknown luxury and very hot potatoes with salt and fresh butter in them were fit for a woodland king—besides being deliciously satisfying.”


To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee ⇢ “‘Gracious alive, Cal, what’s all this?’ He was staring at his breakfast plate. Calpurnia said, ‘Tom Robinson’s daddy sent you along this chicken this morning. I fixed it.’ ‘You tell him I’m proud to get it — bet they don’t have chicken for breakfast at the White House.’”

All images and descriptions via Brain Pickings.

Fictitious Dishes - Dinah FriedFictitious Dishes

Dinah Fried

Fifty Iconic Culinary Scenes from Literary Classics Sure to Delight Readers, Foodies, and Photo-Junkies Alike

Fictitious Dishes serves up a delectable assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature.

Showcasing famous meals such as the madcap tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, this unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation.

Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.

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