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Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

by Dinah Fried

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What a fun book. It would be great to have a dinner party of this same theme! ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
I love this idea! The left page has a passage from a (usually) well-known piece of literature that mentions food, and the right-hand page has a photo of the actual food.

Sounds less interesting than it really is, I swear.

Bibliophiles will enjoy it! People who like food will enjoy it! ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
The concept is something I wish I'd thought of: the author reproduces a passage about food from a novel (mostly classics, some modern novels, a few kids' books), and includes a few random facts about the book or the food or the author, suitable for the "Did You Know?" conversation starter at a cocktail party. Below that, she has a photographic representation of the food, with ambience carefully taken into account. A rustic meal might have tin dishes and a rough-hewn wooden table; a fancy tea includes a china moustache cup. Seeing the visual approximations of the written descriptions is unexpectedly delightful. So even though I think this is something I could have done myself with a few spare hours, it was extremely enjoyable. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Superficially entertaining but when the author started taking liberties with the meals as described by the authors it seemed to lose its purpose. A light, insubstantial book about books - again. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
The author started the book as a design project while she was at The RI School of Design and then got so interested that she continued and this book is the result. On each set of facing pages, she has a literary passage on the left page and a photo she has cooked and composed on the right page. Under the passage from the book, she has included a few "footnote" facts - some about the book, some about the author, and some are interesting facts about the food. I quite enjoyed this book. ( )
  dudes22 | Jul 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062279831, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:11 -0400)

No recipes, but an assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature. Fried pairs each place setting with the text from that book that inspired its creation. She includes food facts and anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections.… (more)

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