I used to read the Little House on the Prairie series religiously when I was younger, paying extra close attention to the meals they would make, the butter they would churn. (This, of course, had we known how my food obsession would grow, would have made for a solid early indicator.) When I recall those books now, I can hardly do it without memories fortified by maple candy and cornbread.
You try it: what were some of your favorite novels, and what are some meals that they summon? This is the exact subject of a photo series from Dinah Fried called Fictitious Dishes. Some of them are iconic (Oliver Twist and porridge), others are merely hinted at, implied throughout the novel and reinforced by their setting (open-faced sandwiches in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
We’d love to hear yours. (Bonus points if you take the picture.) Tell us in the comments!
Fictitious Dishes: A Photo Series of Food from Your Favorite Novels from Bon Appetit