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Photographing literature’s famous food scenes

By on September 23, 2012

Laura Krantz adores the photography of Dinah Fried, who takes vivid culinary scenes from great books and brings them to (still) life:

I remember the hoecakes and the maple snow candy from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. My favorite scene from Roald Dahl’s “Boy” is in the candy shop. The details of meals and food and eating always stay with me long after the plotlines have faded.

So when I saw a series of photographs by Dinah Fried being passed around Tumblr, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. Her “Fictitious Dishes” recreate the food scenes from a range of books, largely classics like “Moby Dick” and “The Bell Jar.”

“For me as a reader, and in life as well, I remember the eating scenes in books,” says Fried on the phone. “They really bring me to an emotional place in the character and the book.”

The above photograph was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: “I ate apple pie and ice cream — it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer.”

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