What did Holden Caulfield's cheese sandwich look like? How would Ishmael have taken his clam chowder? These ideas and more are explored in Dinah Fried's fantastic series of Fictitious Dishes.
"For most of us," she told us, "the experience of reading fiction is without a doubt a sensory one. In this spirit, Fictitious Dishes embraces food as a means of transportation to the fictional worlds of some very delicious novels.
"Each photograph does not represent a meal exactly as it was explained by the author, rather aims to capture the essence of each novel, evoking the setting and atmosphere of the narrative. Whether or not you’ve read the books, these images should provide a little taste of what they’re like."
A former editor of visual books at HarperCollins, Dinah Fried is currently exploring the nature of design and reading at the Rhode Island School of Design. We sense a literary-themed restaurant in her future.
Take a look at some of her great photos, and read their explanations, below.
Dinner with Holden
This photograph depicts a scene from J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," in which Holden Caulfield stops at a drug store and orders a cheese sandwich and a malted after a very bad date.
Dinner with Alice
The tea party scene in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland" is iconic, and this photograph imagines the details of the table top--from sugar cubes to pocket watch.
Dinner with Lisbeth
Stieg Larsson's Millennium series is not only full of violence and investigative journalism, it is full of open-faced sandwiches and cups of coffee, and this photograph illustrates this frequently eaten combination.
Dinner with Ishmael
This photograph is inspired by Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," which includes an entire chapter dedicated to eating chowder--both clam and cod--at an inn called Try Pots.
Dinner with Oliver
"Please, sir, I want some more" is likely the most famous line from Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," and this photograph presents the watery gruel that the orphan, Oliver, desires.
All photos are copyright Dinah Fried.