San Francisco-based designer, art director, and “amateur table-setter” Dinah Fried ingeniously cooks and photographs meals from famous works of fiction. Her book, titled Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, features everything from the watery gruel from Oliver Twist to Sal Paradise’s apple pie and ice cream in On the Road. 

in the introduction to Fictitious Dishes, Fried writes,

“Many of my most vivid memories from books are of the meals the characters eat…Melville’s description of steaming chowder in Moby-Dick evokes a vision of Ishmael’s seafaring life: salty, damp ocean air on a dark evening; finding solace in a cozy, warmly lit inn with a toasty dining room filled with good cheer and the rich smell of fresh seafood.”

Reading this, it’s no wonder Fried is able to bring these literary meals to life with such accuracy and precision.

Click through the gallery to see Fried’s photographic interpretations of memorable meals from contemporary and classic literature.

fictAll photos courtesy of Dinah Fried.

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