"Fictitious Dishes" Series Recreates Meals From Famous Literature

Dinah Fried, designer and photographer, is the mastermind behind “Fictitious Dishes”, a series which brings life to the meals of famous literary works. Each photograph in the series features a table set with various dishes, paired with the title and excerpt from each work.

Initially beginning as a short-term project through the Rhode Island School of Design, ‘Fictitious Dishes’ quickly became a more consuming venture. Using short descriptions like lavish tables set with hors d’oeuvre from The Great Gatsby, or apple pie and ice cream in a diner in On the Road, Fried’s photographs capture the mood of a work of literature through a single meal.

Alice in Wonderland


Fictitious_Dishes_To-Kill-A-Mockingbird“‘Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea."

The Great GatsbyFictitious_Dishes_MetamorphosisFictitious_Dishes_Great-Gatsby

“On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.”

The Bell JarFictitious_Dishes_Secret-GardenFictitious_Dishes-Bell-Jar

“Then I tackled the avocado and crabmeat salad...Every Sunday my grandfather used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comic.”

Fear and Loathing in Las VegasFictitious_Dishes-Moby-DickFictitious_Dishes_Fear-And-Loathing-Las-Vegas

“‘You goddamn honkies are all the same.’ By this time he’d opened a new bottle of tequila and was quaffing it down….He sliced the grapefruit into quarters...then into eighths...then sixteenths...then he began slashing aimlessly at the residue."

The Secret GardenFictitious_Dishes-Catcher-In-The-RyeFictitious_Dishes_Secret-Garden

“Roasted eggs were a previously unknown luxury and very hot potatoes with salt and fresh butter in them were fit for a woodland king—besides being deliciously satisfying.”

The MetamorphosisFictitious_Dishes_Metamorphosis

“There were old, half-rotten vegetables; bones from the evening meal, covered in white sauce that had gone hard; a few raisins and almonds; some cheese that Gregor had declared inedible two days before; a dry roll and some bread spread with butter and salt....”

To Kill a MockingbirdFictitious_Dishes_To-Kill-A-Mockingbird

“‘Gracious alive, Cal, what’s all this?’ He was staring at his breakfast plate. Calpurnia said, ‘Tom Robinson’s daddy sent you along this chicken this morning. I fixed it.’ ‘You tell him I’m proud to get it—bet they don’t have chicken for breakfast at the White House.’”

Moby Dick


“Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favorite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we despatched it with great expedition...”

The Catcher in the Rye


“When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk.
It isn’t much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H. V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.”

The series was published as a book through Harper Collins entitled Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals. The book features fifty photographs of famous literary meals alongside the passages that describe them, as well as interesting facts about both the writing and its author.

You can find more of Fried’s work on her website.

All images used with permission.

[Via My Modern Met]

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