Book Review: Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

Fictitious Dishes:  An Album of Literatures Most Memorable Meals

I recently picked up Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried with the expectation that I’d soon be trying out some new recipes.

I was mistaken.

So my initial reaction to this book was one of disappointment.

But I was still intrigued, as I usually am with anything related to either novels or food {and this had both!} so I sat down and began to read it from the beginning.

I found the author’s description of her process to be quite entertaining, and I think I would have enjoyed hearing more about her story.  After all, she chose some books with which I was completely unfamiliar and some times she chose foods that I wasn’t able to identify or match to the descriptions.  So even though I enjoyed the tidbits of facts on each page, I would have liked a meatier {hehe} explanation.

There were a wide variety of books documented here, from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Secret Garden, pictured above, to others like Moby Dick, Lolita, and American Psycho.  I liked finding so many different titles, but there are so many, many more – endless, really – options for inclusion in a book like this, that I kind of found it too short.

I want to make sure that I stress that I really did like this book.  But I also want to stress that it’s a coffee table book, not a cookbook.  Gazing at the creamy chowder and crusty bread in the rustic setting of the author/photographer’s imagining of Moby Dick left me craving a warm soup to combat the dreary, rainy weather I could hear in my memory.

Which also made me realize that the book had accomplished its goals.  The author tells us that she hopes her work will “transport [us] back into fictional worlds,” and for the books we haven’t read, that her photographs are there to “offer a little taste of the stories.”

So not a cookbook.  An art book.  A photography book.  A recipe book, but not recipes of food.  Recipes of the subconscious lingerings that great books leave behind in us.

And once I understood the purpose of the book, I was able to devour it {snicker} with relish {I could do this all day…} and find amusement in the playfulness of the props and the colorful culinary interpretations.

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Roaming Rosie Reads Harry the Dirty Dog

Harry likes to get dirty and he hates taking baths.  Typical man dog.  :)

Anyway, this is a much requested book in our household.  Both of my girls love reading about Harry.  We have a few other Harry books, but the original is our favorite.

And, I just found out there’s a stuffed version of Harry:

Harry the Dirty Dog

How cute is that?

Roaming Rosie Reads Franklin in the Dark

Franklin is my favorite turtle.  :)

I read this book with my girls all the time.  The rhythm is fantastic, so it’s especially great at bedtime.

It’s about being brave, it’s about problem solving, and it’s about family.  A great combination.  But mostly, kids just find it fun and entertaining.  Can’t beat that.  :)

Franklin recently celebrated his 25th anniversary.  You can find him here.

Enjoy!

Roaming Rosie Reads Moongame

My girls and I love Frank Asch.

His books are magical.  Entertaining but subtly profound:  teaching life lessons and practical thinking in a way that children enjoy.

And I enjoy reading them.

Anyway, this particular book takes place at night, so the illustrations are a little dark (although that may just be because I’m reading an ancient copy).  The pictures are beautiful but a little hard to make out in the video, thus Moongame is one that I certainly recommend following along with a copy of your own.  Although (like all the others I’ve read) it’s still a great story to share with your kids – even if you don’t have the book yet.

But if you’d like the book, you can find it here.

Enjoy!

Nevermore

Nevermore

This polyvore creation indulged my darker side.  My Gothic tendencies.  My love of all things Poe.

There are a few tongue-in-cheek references to Mr. Poe, obviously, but it was largely an experiment with textures and patterns.

Looking at this, however, is dangerous.  It makes me want to run out and adopt a black cat.  And name her Cattarina.

Sigh… I miss having a feline sidekick in my life.