The thing about good writing is that it transports you in time and place. You can see, smell, and imagine without leaving the comfort of your house or your subway seat. Ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle? Have any desire to visit a meat factory after that? I didn’t think so.
But following these written cues can be hard, especially if you’ve never experienced anything like it in real life. Seriously, how unfathomable is the ocean journey of Pi Patel in The Life of Pi for those of us who have never been stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger? Luckily for us, Fictitious Dishes changes all of that by bringing literature to life – or at least the meals.
For her book, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Famous Meals, Dinah Fried photographed famous meals from literature including such childhood favorites as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and high school English perennials: The Catcher in The Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird. The pictures on their own are great and most revealing for books that haven’t been made into movies, like Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Some of the pictures look good enough to eat, and others, not so much. Gruel? Yuck.
Check out a few of our favorite meals from Fictitious Dishes below and more on the website: http://www.fictitiousdishes.com.
CATCHER IN THE RYE
ON THE ROAD
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
TOP PHOTO: ALICE IN WONDERLAND