Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Reading While They Eat - Food in Literature

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My fondness for literature and food is only surpassed by my love of the supremely talented blending of the two. This gem in the Wall Street Journal reminds us of those special places writers can take us, to tables opulent and humble, the pathos and pain of hunger, and the charming company of the most convivial of creatures sharing picnic hampers and gypsy caravans full of feasts and friendship.

1 comment:

  1. Susan, lovie - I, too, love to read but do not really find that often an interaction between food and fiction. Laura Esquivel's is a great exception (I love magic realism, probably stemming from my fascination with Maori legends as a kid). I read the article that you linked your post to and am excited about the premise of Iris Murdoch's "The Sea, the Sea"; it is now on my Amazon wish list...along with dozens of cookery and poltical science books. I would love to retire now, so I can enjoy reading them all, but I suppose I should re-enter the workforce at the grand age of 30 (I took five years out of corporate life to move to the US to be with Eric and to get a BA in political science) before I think about retiring. One can always dream, though, and you are so right about books being feasts in and of themselves.