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Author-designer Dinah Fried has assembled 50 meals as described in passages from 50 novels.

Feast on 50 dishes from 50 novels

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 11:15 am

Last year, writer-art director Dinah Fried posted five “photographic recreations of meals from classic and contemporary literature,” dishes she assembled and styled herself. As a result, her site www.dinahfried.com got more than 200,000 hits and was mentioned on TV shows and blog sites, and in newspapers and magazines.

Now comes “Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals,” in which she expands the concept to include 50 pairings. They include the Mad Hatter’s tea party from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, cupcakes and chardonnay from “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen, apple pie a la mode from “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, and fried chicken with beans and tomatoes from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

Each dish is accompanied by the relevant passage. For instance, this is from “The Catcher In the Rye” by J.D. Salinger: “When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk. It isn’t much, but you get a lot of vitamins in the malted milk.”

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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