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6 Classic Books Retold Through Their Iconic Meals

In her book Fictitious Dishes, Dinah Fried photographs the food that symbolizes some of literature's most memorable works.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865

Along Alice’s journey, she stumbles upon a Mad Hatter and Hare enjoying a tea party.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925

Colorful hors-d’oeuvres and bubbly drinks compliment the lively nature of Jay Gatsby’s notorious parties.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960

Atticus Finch received quite a thank you for defending Tom Robinson; a home-cooked Southern meal made from his neighbors’ donations.

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Moby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville, 1851

Warm clam chowder soothes a weary traveler on a frigid night.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951

Salinger’s lead character Holden Caulfield considered his meal of a Swiss cheese sandwich and malted milk full of vitamins.

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963

Esther’s main source of comfort: a meal solely based around her avocado, her favorite fruit.

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Fictitious Dishes

To see what meals were chosen to represent other iconic books like Huckleberry Finn, Gone With the Wind, and Robinson Crusoe, learn more about Fictitious Dishes.

Reprinted with permission from FICTITIOUS DISHES by Dinah Fried. Copyright 2014. Published by Harper Collins. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.

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