Welcome to the roundup of the 19th edition of Novel Food, the literary/culinary event that Lisa of Champaign Taste and I created in 2007 and that I continue to host with great pleasure, as it brings together two of my passions: literature and food. In fact, Novel Food is about literary works (prose or poetry) that inspire the preparation of dishes.
Like all its predecessors, the current edition includes a lovely set of posts, each describing a literary work that the blogger read and the dish that the reading inspired. Please, follow me on a short literary/culinary tour. For each contribution, I will offer a small bite to whet your appetite for more: follow the link to read the details of the special connection between written word and food that each participant has created.
I hope that by the time you reach the end of this post, you will have a nice reading and cooking list to be used in the near future.
"This is a fantastical adventure that stars three siblings who lost their parents when they were very young. They don't believe they are dead, though, and start to get proof that life isn't what it seems... At one point, the two older children are thrown in jail by some dwarves and find they are imprisoned with the wizard Dr. Pym" a strong proponent of breakfast for dinner.
"I remember borrowing this book numerous times from my local library long after I outgrew a respectable age to check out children's picture books, but I loved reading it over and over and gazing at Ungerer's hilarious illustrations. It's a great fairy tale about a plucky young farm girl named Zeralda who conquers a kid-eating ogre with her culinary skills."
"I imagined entering the spice shop: I sensed fragrances, saw colors, learned words like naan (bread), garam masala (mixture of spices), Lanka (hot pepper), kalo Jire (cumin), dhania (coriander seeds)... and found the inspiration for this masala sauce (or curry) with chickpeas, peas and mushrooms, soooooo spicy, accompanied by naan."
"Now I have eaten lemon pie here in the States, and in France, and never met one I didn’t like... but I want to tell you about a totally different pie. If “tromp l’oeil” is “fool the eye” then this was “trompe la bouche”. I truly thought I was eating a lemon pie – a very good lemon pie, but apparently I was sorely mistaken!"
"Although almost polar opposites in life, Leda and Ita both have dark pasts that, along with their current situation and the unstable Kenyan environment, stand in the way of their deepening relationship. What can tear us apart is just as much those internal "little monsters" that live inside our heads as the external obstacles that surround us."
"The book is also populated by a plethora of eccentric characters, be they human, simian, equestrian or canine. They are entertaining and unforgettable. Plus there are those Le Creuset pots. A set of orange Le Creuset pots that move along with Nicola Fuller all the many times she pulls up stakes. Thousands of delicious, flavorful stews were created in them by her."
"In her piece, Dern remains very close to the senses, as she describes the handling of type to compose words, inking the press, the various sounds the latter does when it is set into motion... The end result of the process, a printed poem, feels almost edible... When I looked at my hand-cranked pasta machine, I realized that it resembles a printing press."
"All ingredients of the novel work together to make a nice meal: the story, the characters, the language... Each month, the club members read one of Austen's novels and they meet to discuss it at a different house. At least that's the plan... I have never faced the dilemma of preparing food for a club's meeting at my house."
My special "thank you!" goes to the event's participants: I hope you had as much fun as I always do when I host this event. You will find a link to this roundup and to those of the earlier editions on this page.
The next edition of Novel Food will be in early fall: I will announce it here, on The Food Blog Diary, and other venues, so stay tuned. The Food Blog Diary is the lovely event announcement site created and maintained by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes. Visit the site to read about current events and let her know about your event and she will post it on her well-organized site. Thank you, Jacqueline!
In the meantime, read good books (maybe with the next Novel Food in mind), cook good dishes, and otherwise savor life's local and seasonal offerings.