Friday, November 3, 2006

Would You Like Some Kafka With Your Soup?

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Considering how cookbooks are more popular than serious literature, what would happen if the greatest authors in history wrote recipes instead of fiction?

One British writer is giving folks a taste with a new cookbook, Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History Of World Literature In 14 Recipes (Harcourt) which combines literature and food.

Author Mark Crick was inspired to write each recipe in the style of the authors he’s paying tribute to, and he hopes “people will actually read my cookbook and not just skim the ingredients.”

Says Crick: “I had to choose distinct voices and think to myself, ‘If this author was selling his bicycle in the newspaper, you would know who it was right away.”’

For example, he wrote a recipe for “Rich Chocolate Cake” in the style of Scottish author Irvine Welsh and had to decode various Scottish slang words to throw into the dish.

Although the recipes aren’t necessarily found in each author’s works, Crick says he tried to pick dishes representing themes close to each writer’s heart.

That’s why the Marquis de Sade’s recipe is for something with “sadistic undertones,” what he calls “a rather nice boned stuffed poussins.”

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