Fictitious Dishes is a project by graphic designer Dinah Fried. I stumbled on it during my usual late night internet surfing and as a book and food lover I thought it was interesting to see something as specific and detailed as a meal become symbolic of an entire novel. Seeing the bland, dingy bowl of porridge from Oliver Twist only highlights the scarcity, desperation and sadness of the phrase, “Please sir, can I have some more?” The daintiness of the tea set from Alice In Wonderland emphasizes how lavish and whimsical that story is.
It’s really just an interesting lens to explore how authors are so conscious of the little details they give. Dinah Fried’s project recreates meals from a range of books including Catcher In The Rye, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Heidi.