A Feast of Words: For Lovers of Food and Fiction

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Cooking - 215 pages
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An unusual cookbook for literature lovers with delicious recipes inspired by great scenes in literature. Literature is nourishment. The author has created inventive menus to accompany the pleasures of reading Proust, Isak Dinesen, and Charlotte BrontU. Along with tempting your palate with luscious cuisineincluded are over fifty recipesyou'll learn how very central food is in Anna Karenina, Moby-Dick, Jane Eyre, and Marjorie Morningstar. If there were no joint of meat in Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter," the philandering husband would be living happily with his new love. Without the dirty cup of tea in Doris Lessing's A Good Neighbour, Jane Somers might never wake up to love; and Rose in Alice Munro's "Royal Beatings" might be able to resist her stepmother if she could resist salmon sandwiches. A perfect gift to bring to a dinner party. Included are recipes for Queso Rellono (Serenade); Chicken Tarragon (The Sweet Dove Died); Quail with Potatoes and Grapes ("Babette's Feast"); Lamb O la Robin (David Copperfield); and Meat Tart (Ethan Frome). Menu inspired by "The Magic Mountain" Roast Duck with Cranberry Conserve Fresh Spinach Sauteed in Olive Oil & Nutmeg Mix of Brown and Wild Rice Creamed Turnip Casserole Pear Conserve with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crumbled Amaretti"
 

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“Literature is nourishment. It is brain food, food for character, mood-altering. It feeds the starved soul as well as the merely bored one” writes Anna Shapiro in the beginning of this terrific look ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
17
Emma by Jane Austen
23
Cranberry 192
26
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
29
VEGETABLES
33
Buckwheat Blini 201
36
The Pomegranate Seeds from Tanglewood Tales
41
Baked Acorn Squash 140
44
The Diary of a Good Neighbour by Doris Lessing
92
Apple and Cheese Bread
97
BREAD OF AFFLICTION
99
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
106
ChocolateDipped Strawberries 26
111
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
121
The Worlds Fresh Bread
124
EATING THE SOCIAL INDEX
133

Royal Beatings from The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
47
Salmon Loaf
52
Serenade by James M Cain
55
SOUPS
59
Bontshe Shvayg by I L Peretz
64
JamButter
67
Julie de Carneilhan by Colette
71
The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym
77
Beef Tart 123
80
Lemon Butter for Asparagus 171
82
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
85
Chicken Livers in White Wine 172
88
Butter Cookies
91
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
141
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
147
THE COOK DID IT or KILLING WITH KINDNESS
153
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
159
Swanns Way by Marcel Proust
165
Stone Soup anonymous
173
Gingerbread
183
Green and Purple Grapes of the Gods
199
Picadillo 75
202
General Index
207
Recipe Index
213
Rabbit Stew 181
214
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Anna Shapiro is the author of two novels, The Right Bitch and Life and Love, Such as They Are--which begins with a woman modeling a meatloaf in the shape of her lover's head. A discussion of that meatloaf recipe, along with years of chronic reading, led to the writing of the book. Shapiro writes and cooks in New York City.

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