I didn’t think anything would come up in my search for recipes inspired by literature, but I was wrong.
There is, in fact, an entire book devoted to the subject.
The Book Lover’s Cookbook includes recipes along with passages from the books that inspired them.
These are a few of my favourites:
- Macaroni and Cheese, with passages from The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
- French Onion Soup, with a passage from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
- Pooh’s Honey Kisses, with a passage from The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.
- Mr. Wonka’s Strawberry-Flavoured Chocolate-Coated Fudge, from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. I love that this one says it “makes enough for 10 greedy children.”
It might be a fun idea to host a dinner party using any of the recipes from this book. You could collect some second hand copies of the books used as your inspiration and display them around the room as decoration. You could also send guests home with a customized bookmark as a gift. I would probably choose a book from the Out of Print selection just so I could wear one of their t-shirts. In fact, since I own this Pride and Prejudice tee, maybe that will be the party theme. As a bonus, we could watch the BBC mini-series. Colin Firth, anyone?