Photographs Document Memorable Meals in Famous Fiction
Famous fiction has yielded both delectable and disgusting meals. Designer and writer Dianah Fried prepares food that appears in some literary classics like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. After assembling a dish like an avocado with crabmeat salad (from Slyiva Plath’s The Bell Jar), she art directs and documents the meal. A collection of these fascinating photographs are included in her book entitled Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, published by Harper Collins. Of course, the images aren’t complete without the literary passages that made them unforgettable, as well as interesting facts about the author and novel, too
Fried’s project originally began as a short-term assignment while at the Rhode Island School of Design, but quickly grew into a larger undertaking. It soon had the near-vegetarian photographer preparing pig kidneys for Ulysses, and cooking bananas 11 ways as described in Gravity’s Rainbow. Sound disgusting? Maybe, but for the reader who loves food, Fictitious Dishes is the best of both worlds.
Passage from The Great Gatsby to accompany above photograph: “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.”