Module 3

LITERARY FOOD: FICTION AND NON-FICTION

Non-fiction

There’s lots out there related to Eat Pray Love. For example, the US Women’s Day put together these recipes inspired by the book:

http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/a1842/12-irresistible-dishes-inspired-by-eat-pray-love-110167/

Here is a travel article by Frances D’Emilio (Huffington Post, August 17 2010) on San Crispino gelato, the “best” in Rome:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/16/san-crispino-gelato-eliza_n_683801.html?ir=Australia

Elizabeth Gilbert, although she doesn’t think of herself as a good cook, published her grandmother’s recipe book. This is an interview with her about her grandmother and the book:

http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-18/news/31749990_1_lamb-stew-cooking-rice

 

Memoirs or biographies, with food:

Bill Buford, 2006, Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-maker and Apprentice to a Butcher in Tuscany, London: Vintage/Random House.

Antonio Carluccio, 2012, A Recipe for Life, London: Hardie Grant Books.

Jennifer 8 Lee, 2008, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, New York: Hachette Book Group.

Joan Reardon, 2004, Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of MFK Fisher, New York: North Point Press.

Alice B Toklas, The Alice B Toklas Cookbook, Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press.

Charlotte Wood, Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

 

Fiction

Highly recommended novella: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), 1997 (first pub. 1958) “Babette’s Feast”, London: Penguin (I have the electronic version).

These websites all offer lists of well-loved foodie-fiction:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/foodie-fiction

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/10-great-meals-in-literature/

http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-novels-every-food-lover-should-read-slideshow

http://www.abebooks.com/books/cooking-culinary-cooks-chocolat/fiction-kitchen.shtml

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/delicious-reads-fabulous-food-novels/

There are surprising numbers of blogs that bring together food and fiction:

—Bryton lives in Perth and writes Food in Literature: Creating Recipes Inspired by Novels and Children’s Books. See her interpretation of Miss Havisham’s wedding cake (from Dickens’ Great Expectations), or browse.

http://foodinliterature.com/food-in-literature/2013/04/great-expectations-miss-havishams-bride-cake.html

—Cara Nicoletti, a butcher/former baker from Brooklyn, New York, combines her love of literature and food in Yummy Words. She muses on her life, literature, and—of course—food, for which she provides recipes along with gorgeous photographs. She has just published a book, Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks her Way through Great Books. She too has a Miss Havisham tribute:

http://yummy-books.com/2010/08/19/miss-havishams-toasted-almond-cherry-bride-cake/

Nicole, in San Francisco, has created the Paper and Salt blog which she describes as “part historical discussion, part food and recipe blog, part literary fangirl-ing”. I like what she says about the healing power of Jack Kerouac’s Crêpes Suzette.

http://paperandsalt.org/about/

Of course, poetry is literature too. Eat this Poem is Los Angeles-based Nicole Gulotta’s way of combining her passions. Or, as she puts it, the blog is “Where food, poetry, and stories steep like a good cup of tea.” She also believes that each of us has the potential to be creative:

http://www.eatthispoem.com

And this blog is about actual food poetry (which I hadn’t really thought about, but it really exists!):

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/blog/2015/01/16/fringe-foodies-eat-poem

Finally, this is my own take on that last scene of The Sun also Rises.

https://mmmmfull.com/2015/07/17/insatiable-hemingway-and-food/

And if you would like to try Hemingway’s recipe for hamburger, the Paris Review can give it to you, in a September 15 2013 article by Cheryl Lu-lien Tan.

www.theparisreview.org/blog/2013/09/16/hemingways-hamburger/