"Fictitious Dishes" Depicts Literature's Most Memorable Meals

Rachel Tepper Paley
April 17, 2014

Those who spent their childhood with noses in books will likely be tickled by “Fictitious Dishes,” a stunning collection of intricately-staged photographs of literary meals by the artist Dinah Fried.

The book, which hit shelves April 15 and runs about $20, is like an edible walk through your high school English curriculum. “The Great Gatsby”? Check. “On the Road”? Here, too. “The Catcher in the Rye”? Well, of course.

The photos have flitted around the internet since 2012, but this is their coffee table book debut. And what better way for a food-loving bookworm to showcase her interests?

Take a look at some of our favorite photos below.

"The Great Gatsby"

All photos credit: Dinah Fried 

“On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.”

"Moby Dick"

“Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we despatched it with great expedition…”

"On the Road"

“But I had to get going and stop moaning, so I picked up my bag, said so long to the old hotelkeeper sitting by his spittoon, and went to eat. I ate apple pie and ice cream — it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer.”

"Oliver Twist"

“Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said, somewhat alarmed at his own temerity: ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’”

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

“She improvised bandages and covered the wound with a makeshift compress. Then she poured the coffee and handed him a sandwich. ‘I’m really not hungry,’ he said. ‘I don’t give a damn if you’re hungry. Just eat,’ Salander commanded, taking a big bite of her own cheese sandwich.”

"Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland"

“‘Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.”

"The Catcher in the Rye"

“When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk. It isn’t much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H. V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.”