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Fictitious Dishes

An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

Dinah Fried


List Price: 19.99*
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Pairing approximately 50 charming photographic re-creations of meals from classic and contemporary literature—all prepared, styled, and shot by the author—with relevant excerpts, Fictitious Dishes is an innovative gift book for literature lovers, foodies, as well as design and book junkies.

Fictitious Dishes presents these imaginative pairings in an eye-catching format. Along with the excerpt from the original work, each entry includes information about food, the author, their works, and the food itself. Fun facts—Proust's infamous madeleine made its appearance on the printed page the same year the Oreo was invented, for example—along with anecdotes about writers, their works, and their culinary predilections, fill the charming book from start to finish. Among the highlighted meals are:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderful: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
The Bell Jar: Crab-stuffed Avocado
The Catcher in the Rye: Cheese sandwich and Malted
The Corrections: Cupcakes and Chardonnay
Emma: Picnic Lunch
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Open-faced Sandwich with Coffee
The Great Gatsby: “Glistening Hors-d’oeuvre” and cocktail
Middlesex: Hercules “flexing” hotdog
On the Road: Apple Pie with Ice Cream
To Kill a Mockingbird: Fried Chicken, Tomatoes, Beans, Scuppernong, and Rolls
To the Lighthouse: Boeuf en Daube
Comprehensive and entertaining, Fictitious Dishes is an irresistible impulse buy, and makes the perfect gift for food, literature, and design aficionados for every occasion.

Harper Design, 9780062279835, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

About the Author

Dinah Fried is a designer, art director, and writer. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, her work has been recognized by and featured internationally in various media, such as Bon Appétit, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, New York magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and Andrew Sullivan’s blog The Dish. Her design clients have included RISD, Chronicle Books, Persea Books, Etruscan Press, Oxford University Press, the School of Visual Arts, and ZONA, among others. Her  work has won an award from Print, and Graphic Design USA named her a “person to watch” in 2012. She lives in San Francisco.

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