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Photographs of Fictitious Dishes Found in Famous Novels

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Oliver’s gruel in Oliver Twist

Photographer Dinah Fried has a series of photographs titled Fictitious Dishes that features the the meals described in five famous novels: The Catcher in the Rye, Oliver Twist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Moby Dick. Working off a few lines of text in the books describing what the characters ate, Fried cooks up the food herself and then photographs the meals from above (the perspective reminds us of IKEA’s recipe book photos).

Her goal with the images was to capture the essence of the novels that contained them, offering a “taste” of what the stories are like.

Smorrebrod and kaffe in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Alice’s tea in Alice in Wonderland
Holden’s cheese sandwich in The Catcher in the Rye
Ishmael’s clam chowder in Moby Dick

Currently a student at the Rhode Island School of Design pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree, Fried didn’t have much of a budget going into this project. She therefore hunted around in thrift stores, flea markets, and the homes of family and friends for the various items seen in the photos.

Image credit: Photographs by Dinah Fried and used with permission

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