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Sep 5, 2007 10:01 AM

Jack Kerouac Dinner? What to serve!!


It's the 50th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac. Me and my big mouth - I said let's have a dinner party. So, now I have to whip something up.

What should I serve? Coffee, cigarettes, and cheap booze are the only things that come to mind, and it sure doesn't sound appetizing..

Any ideas'?

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  1. I have to admit I've never read the book. But, what comes to mind is coffee drinks for one. A splash of Irish Wiskey and a dollop of cream might fit. Can you give us more of a "flavor" of the book?

    1. Diner food! Check out this famous picture of some of the biggest names of the Beat movement.

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      1. re: Trencher man

        great idea!!! and great picture!! thank you

        1. re: Trencher man

          Agreed: the first thing I thought of was grilled cheese and pie.

        2. Make sure your friends eat you out of house and home and that most of what you've got is unwholesome. That should summon the spirt of ole Jack.

          I seem to remember a lot of references to food in his writing. Pork chops. Grilled cheese. Something about mashed potatoes. Apple pie and ice cream. Lots and lots of coffee. Something French Canadian would have a certain frisson, don't you think? Maybe that French Canadian meat pie, tourtier. And didn't he take a one-day or a bit longer gig picking vegetables or fruits of some kind during the road trip?

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          1. re: clepro

            lol -no kidding :D

            good idea about the chops/grilled cheese/french stuff/etc!!

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            1. He definitely writes abotu food--just not sure how appetizing it is as his characters were focused on not spending any money on it! This is what I remember (just read it this year):

              cheese sandwiches (not necessarily grilled--they took these on the road)
              salami and bologna sandwiches
              coffee coffee coffee
              booze booze booze
              apple pie and vanilla ice cream

              I like the ide of throwing in French Canadian food--you could also include foods from the major geographic areas in the book: NYC, Denver, San Francisco and Mexico.

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              1. re: dct

                How about that French-Canadian specialty, poutine?

                1. re: ekammin

                  That occurred to me too, but I figured the cheese curds might be a bit difficult to come by. More importantly, poutine didn't enter the Quebec culinary lexicon until long after JK's parents moved to Massachusetts and not too long before JK himself died.