Jack Kerouac Dinner? What to serve!!
- winedubar Sep 5, 2007 10:01 AM
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..
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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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.