Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ten great meals in literature

The Telegraph tagged ten great meals in literature, including:

“It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt.” Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick boasts an entire chapter dedicated to piping hot clam and cod chowder. In chapter 15, the little Moss anchors in Nantucket and Ishmael and Queequeg go out in search of sustenance. At an inn called Try Pots, their acute hunger, sharpened by a frosty voyage, is satiated with steaming chowder: nectar to any wind-swept seafarer.
Read about the other meals on the list.

Moby-Dick also appears among Brenda Wineapple's six favorite books, Scott Greenstone's top seven allegorical novels, Paul Wilson's top ten books about disability, Lynn Shepherd's ten top fictional drownings, Peter Murphy's top ten literary preachers, Penn Jillette's six favorite books, Peter F. Stevens's top ten nautical books, Katharine Quarmby's top ten disability stories, Jonathan Evison's six favorite books, Bella Bathurst's top 10 books on the sea, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best nightmares in literature and ten of the best tattoos in literature, Susan Cheever's five best books about obsession, Christopher Buckley's best books, Jane Yolen's five most important books, Chris Dodd's best books, Augusten Burroughs' five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, David Wroblewski's five most important books, Russell Banks' five most important books, and Philip Hoare's top ten books about whales.

--Marshal Zeringue