Literary Feasts: People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks


literary-feasts3I 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.

“Raz grinned, defeated at last by my sour mood.  He’s always had a romantic streak.  That’s what had drawn him to shipwrecks, I suppose.  The waiter arrived with a bowl of searing vindaloo.  I dribbled the fiery sauce over my rice, took a forkful and felt my eayes water.  I loved this stuff.  I had lived on it when I was at Harvard. The burn was as close as I’d found to my favorite food in the world: the king prawn sambal at the Malayan restaurant at home in Sydney.  Food can be very restorative sometimes.  After a few bites I started to feel a bit better.” [194]

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

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  1. Yum! Your Friday Food posts make me hungry!
    Of course, since my food book of the week was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I’ll have to search out some Indian restaurant that only makes vindaloo with local, “grass finished” lamb and local, organic hot peppers in the sauce — and then can only order it if all the ingredients were just picked or killed within the last three days. And then . . . . And then . . . .
    Maybe I’ll just stick with tap water for dinner and avoid the guilt.

  2. Reading passages about food in books makes me hungry. That vindaloo one is especially good. My son has the habit of reading those type of descriptions to me when he’s reading. They are fun to contemplate.