Mouth-Watering Photos of Literature’s Most Famous Meals


When Dinah Fried’s Fictitious Dishes were first posted in June 2012, they caused an online stir, and that was no surprise. She styled, prepared, and shot elaborate recreations of some of the most iconic meals in literature, from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s open-faced sandwiches, or smørrebrød, to Proust and Swann and his very famous madeleines. You can find these charming images and many more in the new book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, which features Fried’s photos, mouth-watering excerpts from the greatest meals in literature, and trivia. Here’s a selection of three meals, from Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, and The Great Gatsby.

Alice in Wonderland: “Alice looked all around the table, but there was nothing on it but tea…”

Moby Dick: “Small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit…”

The Great Gatsby: “spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs…”