Literary Feasts: Drood, by Dan Simmons


literary-feasts2I love reading about food in books.  I like to cook and I love to eat even more.  So on Friday’s I’ll be sharing the culinary delights that I have come across in my reading. What better way to start off the weekend than thinking about good food in a good book.

“Dolby, whom a later client– an American writer named Mark Twain– would describe as “a gladsome gorilla,” reached into the large wicker basket he had brought aboard, set linen on the tiny folding table he had thought to provide for the centre of our compartment,  and proceeded to present a buffet luncheon of hard-boiled egg sandwiches with anchovy, salmon mayonnaise, cold fowl and tongue, and pressed beef with Roquefort cheese and cherry tart for our dessert.  He also set out a rather good red wine and kept a gin punch chilled by filling the compartment’s  washstand with ice.  As the rest of  us finished this repast, Dolby warmed coffee over a spirit lamp.  Whatever else the huge, whiskered man with his infectious laugh and rather endearing stammer might be, he was certainly efficient.” [259]

I think I might be in love with Dolby. I’m good with everything but the tongue.

Have you come across any good food in your reading this week?

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