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Dining is Forever

It’s always a little funny when one book or article leads you to another and another, then you end up full circle. For me, I’ve been finding myself back at fictitious meals.

One source of these is Dinah Fried’s Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals. She’s taken famous writings and recreated meals either referenced or inspired by works of literature — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Moby-Dick; or The Whale, On the Road.

I’d cozied up with Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to be and Why it Endures … basically motivated by a desire to take a break in food writing, and an interest in discovering exactly why The Great Gatsby is considered the Great American Novel. I mean, I have an idea, but I’ve always been curious why the greatest? Why not something else?

Anyhow. Ends up Fried’s book also has an excerpt from The Great Gatsby, so back I am at food.

Then, I was enjoying a sample back issue of Lucky Peach magazine, reading Tom Weiss’s article named ‘No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine.’ [See Spring 2015 Issue] Weiss’s article chronicles the many meals of James Bond as detailed in the Bond books … not so much shown in the movies. I only remember a scant number of times in all the action when Sean Connery or Daniel Craig may have grabbed a bite. Nothing compared to Fleming’s pages devoted to the wining and dining 007 always makes time for.

Then I spot this article from Food & Wine’s FWx on Henry Hargreaves and Charlotte Omnès tribute to Bond’s eating habits, a photography/food stylizing collaboration called Dying to Eat.

And now I’m back to drooling over fictitious meals. At some point this needs to stop … I mean, there are no recipes for fictitious foods.

Oh, wait. There is this one. ;)


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