It’s a wonderful day when I can combine two of my favourite things: books and food. CBC Books recently had a fantastic article on this very topic, where Designer Dinah Fried re-created some of literature’s most famous food scenes: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2012/07/dinah-frieds-fictitious-dishes.html. It got me thinking, what are my favourite scenes of food from literature? From Turkish delight, to cupcakes and crispy pig tails, here are my choices. All of these books can be found in alternative formats at the CNIB Library!
To the lighthouse by Virginia Wolf: “…an exquisite scent of olives and oil and juice rose from the great brown dish as Marthe, with a little flourish, took the cover off.”
Ulysses by James Joyce: “Mr. Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.”
Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone by J. K. Rowling: “What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life.”
The corrections by Johnathan Franzen: “The cupcakes were full of butter and frosted with a butter frosting. After he’d washed his hands and opened a bottle of Chardonnay he ate four of them...”
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: “The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmond and never tasted anything more delicious.”
Through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll: “The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.”
The bluest eye by Toni Morrison: “…and every Saturday we’d get a case of beer and fry up some fish. We’d fry it in meal and egg batter, you know, and when it was all brown and crisp — not hard, though — we’d break open that cold beer…”
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: “Well loved he garleek, oynons, and eek lekes. And for to drinken strong wyn, reed as blood.”
Moby Dick by Herman Melville: “But when that smoking chowder came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh! sweet friends, hearken to me.”
Little house in the big woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder: “Ma opened the front of the cookstove and raked hot coals out into the iron hearth. Then Laura and Mary took turns holding the pig's tail over the coals. It sizzled and fried, and drops of fat dripped off it and blazed on the coals. Ma sprinkled it with salt."
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger: "When I left the skating rink I felt sort of hungry, so I went in this drugstore and had a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted, and then I went in a phone booth. I thought maybe I might give old Jane another buzz and see if she was home yet."
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: “They were all unusually hungry having waited nearly an hour and for a minute no one spoke, only a minute, for Jo exclaimed impetuously: I am so glad you came before we began! May I go and help carrying the things to the poor little children asked Beth eagerly. I shall take the cream and the muffins added Amy, herioically, giving up the articles she most liked. Meg was already covering the buckwheats and piling the bread onto one big plate.”