Cooking through the Classics: Preview and Invitation

Cooking through the Classics

As you’ve been reading in this blog, my friends and I agreed to read Moby Dick during the summer. Camilla Mann, curator and cook at, and I agreed that it would be fun to cook our way through the books we read, using the texts as inspiration in our kitchens and bars.

The format is simple:

Each quarter, we choose one book. We then wander into the kitchen (or the bar) to create something inspired by the reading. Hosting privileges shift quarterly as well, so beginning in January, Camilla will host the next selection. This opener runs from September 1 through the second week of November. (We’re going to cut The Divine Comedy a little short so it doesn’t interfere with the end of the year holidays.)


To kick the club off, we’re reading Dante’s Divine Comedy. Each month, we will read one of the three books, beginning with Inferno. Don’t worry about whether or not you can finish all or any of them. Don’t worry about deep thoughts or critical theory. Enjoy the language and images. Have fun with it. Grab a copy online, from the library, or from a bookstore and join in.

As you read, and as often as you like (but at least once a month), use anything from actual food or drinks mentioned in the work to ideas that come to you based on phrases or images, and head into your kitchen (or bar) to see what happens. Take pictures and tell us about it. If you don’t have your own blog, the host of that novel will be happy to post your experiences for you.

To sign up, just leave a comment below.

Camilla’s first mention:

As an example of just how loosely associated your inspiration may be, and to get you in the mood, here’s the opening scene from DmC Devil May Cry:

(don’t open this if your kids are in the room 😉 )

And, the opener to Death Note:

Regarding the clips above, DmC is the property of Ninja Theory and Capcom. Death Note is the property of Viz Media in the US, and was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.


2 thoughts on “Cooking through the Classics: Preview and Invitation

    • Wendy, it’s a pleasure to “meet” you as well. I’ve enjoyed your blog for the past year or so. Camilla has such wonderful ideas about food and adventures. I think this will be a challenging and exciting project.

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