The Literary Kitchen would like to hear from you…

We are planning the menu for the coming months at the Literary Kitchen and we’re getting really excited about what we are going to make! Watch this space for our thoughts on E.M. Forster, Toni Morrison, Jack Kerouac and much more.

But we also want to hear from you. Do you have any suggestions for food or books you would like to see featured on this page? Comment below to let us know your ideas!


9 thoughts on “The Literary Kitchen would like to hear from you…

  1. The Pakistani cuisine in “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid…
    “Here in Old Anarkali that pride is visible in the purity of the fare on offer; not one of these worthy restaurateurs would consider placing a western dish on his menu. No, we are surrounded instead by the kebab of mutton, the tikka of chicken, the stewed foot of goat, the spiced brain of sheep! These, sir, are predatory delicacies, delicacies imbued with a hint of luxury, of wanton abandon. Not for us the vegetarian recipes one finds across the border to the east, nor the sanitized, sterilized, processed meats so common in your homeland! Here we are not squeamish when it comes to facing the consequences of desire.”
    Food in the Reluctant Fundamentalist has great significance in determining Changez’ cultural identity… would be worth exploring throughout the novel!

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    1. That sounds brilliant! Such an exciting range of foods there! We haven’t heard of Hamid before, but we will definitely get hold of a copy of this book. Thank you for your suggestion. Nico is amazed that Hamid seems to have an Italian connection.


      1. The novel is brilliant… it explores the life of Changez, a young Pakistani and Princeton graduate after the attacks on Sep 11… it’s about to which ‘side’ you belong and whether you should take sides…or whether sides are chosen for you… I promise you will read this one very quickly 🙂


  2. Hi – I came to this website because I was looking for Pickwick Papers enthusiasts – and what a fascinating site it is, as food and literature are two of my own big passions!

    I thought you might be interested in hearing about my forthcoming novel, Death and Mr Pickwick, which tells the story of the origins and subsequent history of The Pickwick Papers. The novel will be published in May by Random House (in the UK) and in June by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (in the USA) You can find out more at

    My novel parallels Pickwick in various ways – and one way is in the amount of eating and drinking that I write about.

    I have also set up a facebook page for the novel at: If you ever do any more Pickwick cooking – or perhaps (here’s hoping!) some Death and Mr Pickwick cooking – I will definitely mention that on the facebook page, with a link to your website, if that’s okay with you.

    All the best

    Stephen Jarvis


      1. Hi – It’s Stephen Jarvis once again. I still hope you will do some Pickwickian cooking, inspired by either The Pickwick Papers, or Death and Mr Pickwick. As a specific suggestion, what about Holloway Cheesecakes, which are mentioned in Death and Mr Pickwick. You will find the recipe here:

        They are mentioned on pages 119 and 121 of Death and Mr Pickwick, in connection with the courtship of Robert Seymour and his future wife Jane, much to the chagrin of Seymour’s homosexual lover, Wonk.

        Best wishes

        Stephen Jarvis


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