A Literary History of Chocolate: Part 1

Last week, we took part in the Late Summer Lecture Series run by the English Department of Durham University. Here is the first instalment of our sumptuous lecture, which traced the history of chocolate in world literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. The consumption of chocolate has a history stretching back three millennia. However – as it is impossible to cover such … Continue reading A Literary History of Chocolate: Part 1

When you miss home: saltless Tuscan bread in Dante’s Paradiso (La Divina Commedia, c. 1304-1321)

As I (Nico, clearly) am about to leave Italy once again, and as migrants and refugees from North Africa and the Middle East sadly gallop through Southern Europe to reach the better-off North, the Literary Kitchen today will offer you something from a most famous Italian writer who went through political exile: Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Dante was, of course, a privileged exile: being already a … Continue reading When you miss home: saltless Tuscan bread in Dante’s Paradiso (La Divina Commedia, c. 1304-1321)

Inject a bit of colour into your summer with “Changing Places” by David Lodge

David Lodge’s Changing Places is absolutely my favourite comic novel. If you haven’t read it, you should do so immediately. From the startling, original, precise, intriguing first sentence, Lodge tells the story of two lecturers of English Literature who swap jobs, continents – and then houses and families – for six months. The novel’s scope takes in the ever-changing scene of academic and modern life … Continue reading Inject a bit of colour into your summer with “Changing Places” by David Lodge