The other day a friend of mine was driving through town on his way to his ancestral place and he dropped by for some supper. Astute and considerate, he had spotted in a used bookstore a slim volume he thought I might enjoy, both for the fact of of the practical application of its contents but also for the sake of its ethos.
I present the Nero Wolfe Cookbook
There are some great breakfast ideas within along with great old photos of New York City.
I’m glad to have this. On Amazon it seems to be pretty spendy, but it could be that you can find a used copy or even get it from a library, which often have lots of cookbooks.
It also spurred in my memory an old post about memorable meals in literature, which I repost hereunder.
A friend – quite the eclectic reader – sent an interesting piece from The Telegraph of a few years back.
10 Great Meals In Literature
Wow. Great idea. How did the selector do? Let’s see.
1) Mad Hatters Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2) The Episode of the Madeleine in In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past) by Marcel Proust
3) Apple Pie and Ice Cream in On The Road by Jack Kerouac
4) Please, Sir, can I have some more from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
5) Gifts of Food in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) Try Pots’ steaming chowder in Moby Dick by Herman Melville
7) Melting Raclette cheese on a fire in Heidi by Johanna Spyri
8) Sandwiches and coffee in Millennium by Stieg Larsson
9) Cheese Sandwich and Malted Milk in The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
10) Avocados in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
How did he do?
I can think of a few others.
- The Last Supper in The Gospels of the New Testament
- Lotuses in The Odyssey by Homer
- The Appearance of Banquo’s Ghost in Macbeth by Shakespeare
- Ugolino and His Children in The Inferno by Dante
- The Christmas Goose in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Feast in Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen
- Liver, Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti in Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- Toasted Cheese which its in the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian
- The Tears Cake in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
- Meal on the Raft in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain