Literary Feasts: Inspired Eating from Classic Fiction

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Atria Books, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 128 pages
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Our busy twenty-first-century lifestyle doesn't allow much time for us to enjoy the pleasures of a good meal. Literary Feasts aims to change that by restoring readers' desires to eat, drink, and be merry.

While Leopold Bloom fortified himself for his rambles through Dublin with a hearty breakfast of grilled kidneys with pepper, thinly sliced bread and butter, and a large pot of tea, James Bond started his days off with a half pint of chilled OJ, three scrambled eggs, two cups of black coffee, and a pack of Chesterfields. The lucky revelers invited to Jay Gatsby's mansion feasted on baked hams, pastry pigs, and turkeys bewitched to dark gold, all washed down with champagne served in glasses the size of finger bowls. And of course P. G. Wodehouse made sure that Bertie Wooster always dined in style. The eating scenes gathered here -- drawn from the works of Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Chekhov, Christina Rossetti, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, and many other great writers -- will inspire even the most jaded of palates. Literary Feasts includes a bounty of practical ideas, too, on how readers can dress up, prepare the food themselves, and make truly memorable occasions. Literary Feasts is perfect for book lovers who live to eat.

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User Review  - wanderlustlover - LibraryThing

A lovely little ditty of a book. It's the best eating out of fiction ever -- whether best means the best food, or even the best events that transpired around food. All sorts of scenes you'll both ... Read full review

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Sean Brandstudied literature and his first job included a stint as a restaurant reviewer, where the lunch was less than literary, but his fascination for fictional food began to blossom. Since then, as a published poet, he has enjoyed many of his meals between two covers, as well as actually on a plate. Sean is the author of a number of other books on art, politics, and medieval Europe.

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