Food in Literature
I'm on a committee that produces an annual fundraiser for literacy. It includes excellent food paired with wine and beer. I can't give more details yet, but you'll be the first to know about this San Diego event for dining, eating and food shopping.
But this year we're going to pair the foods closely with foods that play a role in books. Not just cookbooks, but literary works- think marlin in Old Man and The Sea or for kids, Green Eggs and Ham.
What are your literary/culinary favorites?
Like Water for Chocolate
James and the Giant Peach
Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Fried Green Tomatoes
Winnie the Pooh
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - lots of great Russian feasts
Proust's Remembrance of Things Past - the madeleine scene
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - the Christmas breakfast scene
Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children - food tied to memory
Zola's The Masterpiece - lovely images from opulent private dining rooms
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest - amazing descriptions of afternoon tea
C.S. Lewis The Lion, The Witch... Turkish Delight. Yum!
Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - a great scene about asparagus and then an even greater scene about asparagus pee ;-)
And if escargot is on the menu, the beginning of my favorite novel The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino begins with his sister serving up snails tied with wire in the shape of swans for no other reason than to be cruel.
The Hobbit: When the dwarves and Gandalf are raiding Bilbo's pantry/cupboards. Bilbo is serving, but the others seem to know everything he's got stashed away and are asking for it all.
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Green Eggs and Ham by the beloved Dr. Seuss