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Ten Great Meals in Literature

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Mainly snacks, and there are some unappealing ones included.


If it doesn't have to be "great" literature, there are meals you actually want to eat throughout the novels of Rex Stout and Manuel Vazquez Montalban. On a more elevated plane, there's good French hotel grub in Salter's A Sport and A Pastime. Hemingway is always vivid, but the macaroni and cheese in A Farewell to Arms doesn't sound as good as the potato chips in the same book.


One of my favorites: the pasta dish served in The Leopard.

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That's a very lazily done list. Although I'll give them the toasted cheese described in Heidi, the Try Pots chapter in Moby Dick, and Proust. And Oliver Twist. Great writing about food in literature: the dinner Levin and Oblonsky have in Anna Karenina, the hopping John discussion in The Member of the Wedding, the borscht bit in Dead Souls, Ben wistfully dreaming about toasted cheese in Treasure Island, the Cratchits' Christmas dinner in A Christmas Carol, almost everything Colette wrote and ditto Hemingway (yes, Wilfrid). As a commenter on the article said, the yam bit in Invisible Man. Lots of stuff Mark Twain wrote. I mean I could go on and on....

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All of the detailed descriptions of meals in Ian Fleming's James Bond books sound revolting to me.


But the wine....it's what made it cool.


My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ‘53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit

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Actually, when I saw the melted cheese, I thought of Treasure Island: "Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese--toasted, mostly . . ."





I did notice that you said that. But I was the one who posted the link, so I thought of it first. Maybe. Unless you saw the piece but didn't post a link. In any case, great minds. :D

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