Where there’s food, there’s usually a story. For everyone who likes eating and reading about eating, an article over at The Awl highlights some of the most exciting food moments in fiction.
The article’s author brings it way back to the 1500s, describing some of the most savory lines from François Rabelais’ five-part epic Gargantua and Pantagruel: ”If he sweated, it was stock-fish in butter sauce. If he blew his nose, it was salted eels.” He also runs through memorable literary moments like a barber discovering a nose in his loaf of bread (The Nose), diners experiencing digestive issues after a meal of epic proportions (Poet’s Pub), and a boy facing difficulty while eating a lobster (Lionel Asbo).
No love for some of the haute-cannibal dining scenes in Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, but there’s plenty of obscure fodder to dig into here.