The power of food in literature is always surprisingly potent. I lightly touch on this in my post Bread and Jam for Frances. Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried is a book that recreates famous meals from literature through the medium of photography. The pictures are paired with the quote from the novel they are based on. The photographs are full of light and colour as well as imagination and, in my opinion, fit perfectly into the conceptualized meals of the novels it portrays. Life is mimicking art in a beautiful reimagining of classic, often lip-smacking meals.
Food photography itself is a tricky business and I’m always impressed by those who can retain the appetizing effect of food in an image. These photographs do one better, they capture the food itself in a very appetizing manner – Oliver Twist’s gruel and Hunter Thompson’s tequila, grapefruit, and cigarettes being an exception to this – and the tone of the novel the meal is extricated from. This picture is my personal favourite of the photographs accessible online, from Johanna Spyri’s Heidi.
Click here for further pictures from Fictitious Dishes as well as other information about the book and photographer.