Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes, Mark Crick (2005)
Last night, in the bookstore browsing, I came across this cute little book. It is a collection of “recipes,” each one written in the style of a famous author. Now, I don’t know if you would actually make any of the recipes, but reading Mushroom Risotto a la John Steinbeck made me laugh, so I bought the book on a whim. Here’s a sample:
The porcini lay dry and wrinkled, each slice twisted by thirst and the color of parched earth. When the water finally fell, at first only in splashes, they drank what they could, but soon they were all covered with the life-giving liquid. The parched fragments recovered an earlier form, their contortions changed, by the gift of water, into a supine mass, glistening. What had resembled a bowl of tree bark now had the rich color of cooked meat, the purple brown of wet soil had replaced the dry plaster of Arizona earth. The cook left them like this to soak for 45 minutes.
You can also sample Lamb with Dill Sauce a la Raymond Chandler, Tarragon Eggs a la Jane Austen, Vietnamese Chicken a la Graham Greene and the title recipe, Quick Miso Soup a la Franz Kafka. This charming book would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for any foodie/book lover on your Christmas list.