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08/14/2013 08:53 am ET

8 Manliest Meals In Novels And Fiction

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Forget the madeleine. Fiction’s men — sailors, soldiers, lawmen, everymen, heroes, and knaves — have eaten far better. And when the words hit you right, when beer flows cool and crisp and the steam coming off a cauldron of stew tilts in the wind, there you go, to the field, the diner, or wherever the character happens to be eating. These in-book eats are pleasant and satisfying, a trick of sorts on the mind.

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