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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Kafka's Soup

Kafka's Soup, a complete history of world literature in 14 recipes by Mark Crick, was a brilliant little discovery among the cluttered cookery book shelves. The shop assistant at A&R strongly recommended the Lamb with Dill Sauce a la Raymond Chandler although I think my favorite is the Boned Stuffed Poissons a la Marquis de Sade:

"should not the supreme aim of gastronomy be to untangle the confusion of ideas that confront mankind, and to provide this unfortunate biped with some guidance as to how he should conduct himself and his appetites? Buffeted continually by the studies of scientists, the inventions of dieticians, the fashions of restaurateurs and the disguised marketing campaigns of a thousand trade associations, his own tastes are often his last point of reference. The tyrrany of political correctness, undermining him further, makes of him a man who avoids endangered species, factory farming, deforestation, genetic modification and inhumane slaughter. If he is unfortunate enough also to have a religion, then he will probably live the meanest of lives in the most tightly fitting of gastronomic straightjackets. By walking such a culinary tightrope, he believes that he will reap his rewards in long life, good health, moral superiority and in heaven hereafter. Yet all around him our unfortunate sees good vegetarians pushing up daisies, teetotallers' hearts tightening and sugarphobes queueing in dentists waiting rooms. Reader, recognise that all your years of abstinence and your naive trust in low-fat yoghurt have not saved you from a pot belly, heavy jowls, and an inadequate sex drive. A life of dieting has rendered your face pinched and furrowed from harsh judgement of your fellow diners and your evenings long and lonely."

Throw in the Quick Miso Soup a la Franz Kafka a an entree, and the Rich Chocolate Cake a la Irvine Welsh for dessert for a fun menu of literary cuisine.

Although I was somewhat perturbed to discover that there appears to be a subsequent edition "the complete history of world literature in 17 recipes"? Perhaps the 14 recipes was not quite so complete?

Koek! an interesting food blog from Cape Town has just posted similarly on Kafka's Soup ......

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