Some of my favorite book scenes
involve characters sitting down to a meal.
Remember Leopold Bloom’s kidney breakfast in James Joyce’s Ulysses?
Or how about Esther Greenwood’s famous crab stuffed avocado lunch in
Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar? Don’t get me started on all of the apple pie,
ice cream, and coffee in Jack Kerouac’s On
the Road, or the decadent party bites featured in F. Scott Fitzgerals’s The Great Gatsby.
Dinah Fried put together a
spectacular book, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals
(HarperCollins), showcasing her own photos based on said famous meals. Fried, a designer, art director, and graduate
of Rhode Island School of Design, has done a glorious job of visually
representing these fictitious meals.
Check out the book’s website and pick your favorite among the sample
photos displayed on her page. Better
yet, order the book as part of your coffee table collection.
My favorite? At least today, I’m salivating over Holden
Caulfield’s (The Catcher in the Rye by
J. D. Salinger) grilled cheese and malted milk lunch – well, mostly the malted
milk. What about you? Click hereto check out photos of some fictitious dishes!
Talk about making you want to eat
your vegetables (and fruit). Vegan
photographer Amber Locke uses her artistry to celebrate her passion for
healthful eating. She captures the
natural beauty of vegetables and fruits in her stunning limited-edition
prints. This print, in particular, captured
my fancy – violet and white kale, papaya, limes, passion fruit, pomegranate,
clementines, black cherries, strawberries, kumquats, and cucumber. I may just serve you such a concoction if you
come over soon for lunch (although I certainly don’t promise to make it look
this pretty). Take a peek at some of
her other offerings on her blog (www.ambaliving.com)and see what might inspire you. From artichokes to
zucchini, Locke has a visual feast for every taste.