“When Mrs. Threadgoode saw what she had on her plate, she clapped her hands, as excited as a child on Christmas. There before her was a plate of perfectly fried green tomatoes and fresh cream-white corn, six slices of bacon, with a bowl of baby lima beans on the side and four huge light and fluffy buttermilk biscuits.”
Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Before I discovered my love for cooking, I discovered my love for books. As a child I’d hide away for hours with my latest library find. In fact, I went so far as to volunteer at the library to be able to be one of the first to access recent acquisitions. Then of course came the time when I ate 15 lamb cutlets at my mums 40th birthday party and it was shortly after that I discovered my passion for cooking.
One evening, while immersed in a particularly descriptive paragraph of a count eating a bouillabaisse, it hit me. At this moment in time, I wanted nothing more to pick up a spoon, dip it into these pages and partake in a meal. In fact, it was so mouthwatering that I wondered about how I could recreate that dish, no that exact experience of eating it, for days afterwards. I started to think about other people out there, books they had read – were they were as desperate for a bowl of bouillabaisse as I was? Could they also not wait to get their hands on some green tomatoes so they could fry them in bacon fat and eat them for lunch?
Very shortly, I will be starting to host literary supper clubs. Each evening being featured around a certain novel and the food served will be based on recipes I have developed from meals eaten in each novel. Please keep you eyes out for upcoming dates! And if you do have any novels for which you would like me to re-create a menu please let me know in the comments below.