Tag Archives: Food

The Making of a Literary Meal

A new anthology of “foodie lit” has recipes accompanying the poems, essays, and short stories.

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America’s Obsession with Pie

Hilaire Belloc’s hilarious complaint about the world’s eating tastes would not treat Thanksgiving well.

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Whisky, an Ethereal Marchioness

Muriel Barbery’s ecstatic descriptions of food in “Gourmet Rhapsody” enhance our eating experiences.

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The Most Delicious Feast Ever Served

For a description of a luscious Thanksgiving feast, turn to the luncheon that Eve prepares for Archangel Raphael in Book V of “Paradise Lost.”

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Love in the Time of Cauliflower

The blog “Hairpin” came up with the a series of book titles which, altered slightly, becomes delicious food puns.

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An Austen Dinner for the Ages

On Sunday my Jane Austen First Year Seminar students came to my housefor a meal that we took out of the “Jane Austen Cookbook.” The meal took two days to prepare and four people to serve.

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Beans and Rice, the Taste of Home

Inspired by “foodie novels” such as “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” student Julia Rocha discovered that beans and rice brought back a sense of home and her Brazilian heritage.

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Reading and Eating – Interchangeable

There are many similarities between the act of reading and the act of eating. In literature about food, words are dishes to be savored

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Favorite Meals of Famous Authors

A playful passage in a recent New Yorker story by Julian Barnes (“Homage to Hemingway”) has me imagining author food preferences.

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