A Neglected Classic: Mildred Taylor, “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” (1976)

Last weekend I went into a bookshop chain and saw copies of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman arrayed on a table just inside the door, waiting to be lifted by the hordes of Christmas shoppers anxious to please bookish friends and relatives this year. There has been a lot of disappointed, indignant, or outraged talk recently about Go Set a Watchman – the sequel to … Continue reading A Neglected Classic: Mildred Taylor, “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” (1976)

Comfort food: Southern biscuits in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (1987)

It is 1873, outside house number 124 on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. An ex-slave woman walks around the corner of her house, carrying her stockings in her hand, her feet wet from the river. Another former slave is waiting for her. It is 18 years since Sethe has seen Paul D, and catastrophic events have taken place since she escaped from the plantation where … Continue reading Comfort food: Southern biscuits in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” (1987)

Cooking “On the Road” with Jack Kerouac (1957)

The smell of a ‘billion tortillas frying and smoking in the night’ wafts through Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Check out the video below for our thoughts on this fabulous novel and, of course, for this blogpost’s recipe. Tortillas Ingredients: 500g strong white bread flour 1 tsp dried active yeast 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp salt 350ml water Directions: 1. Mix the dry ingredients together in … Continue reading Cooking “On the Road” with Jack Kerouac (1957)

Yellow and Golden Cakes for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925)

With all the snow falling in England this January, we were getting quite restless in the Literary Kitchen, and so we have thought of making a short video to tell you what we make of food in The Great Gatsby, as well as show you how to make some really easy lemon cakes! Recipe Ingredients: Cake: 200g unsalted butter 250g caster sugar 3 eggs 2 … Continue reading Yellow and Golden Cakes for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925)

Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)

I have always loved taking pictures of food: food I happen to eat when I am abroad, food I make, food I am only looking at from the other side of a Parisian patisserie’s shop window. This has always involved sharing them with my friends, too. Not in a sadomasochistic attempt to make them jealous about what I was having, and they could not, but … Continue reading Fruitcake weather: Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ (1956)

Places and pies in Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” (1911)

Welcome back to the Literary Kitchen! As the last leaves fall and December arrives we leave Belfast (see the last post below) to embark on the long journey to the New World. More specifically, to the symbolically named Starkfield, New England, at the turn of the twentieth century. Spaces and places are central to all of Wharton’s novels, and Ethan Frome is no exception. However, … Continue reading Places and pies in Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” (1911)