Fictitious Dishes: Food From Famous Literature

Most fiction stories have some form of main character, a protagonist to remember long after the last page. Then there are stories where another type of character remains in our minds, reminding us like a small hunger of the story which came before: that character is food. From the famous porridge in Oliver Twist’s bowl to the cheese sandwich on toast with a chocolate milkshake from Catcher in the Rye, certain meals stand out while lending meaning and insight into those omnipresent and hungry protagonists.

Now, Dinah Fried, a graphic designer pursuing her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design, has produced a series of photographs capturing the very essence of these famous literary meals. Titled Fictitious Dishes, the series puts before us the place settings from 5 different novels: the formerly mentioned Oliver Twist and Catcher in the Rye; along with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Moby Dick. Each scene is perfectly recreated as if it sprung from the cinema screen or the very pages of the book itself. Perhaps because of the perspective they are captured from, you really get a sense that you are there, about to partake in this meal… appetizing or not.

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