What can we read into the food served in the Dinner blog tour


I was asked to join the blog tour,very happy as it was one of my favourite reads last year and a book I feel people should get to know bettr ,anyway I thought a few words on some of the food served during the meal would be fun .I did review The dinner last year and Alan from words of mercury kicked of the tour yesterday any way lets look at the food .


the dinner

The dinner menu


Crayfish with baby onions dressed in a tarragon vinaigrette

Main course

Fillet of Guinea fowl

wrapped in ultra thin german bacon

on a bed of lettuce


A parfait of home made chocolate and shaved almonds

and grated walnuts

Topped with our own Blackberries fresh from the garden


crayfish in vinaigrette from cusine NZ site


Well I look at the crayfish and thought two things about why it might be chosen .One that they are fish that live of clean the water around them and maybe that is a fore warning of what is about to happen in the meal .The other point is there not Lobster smaller and is the maybe a point is this about a small fish in a big world ,one of the brother is a politician and is he maybe a small fish not the big one he thinks he is .


Main course

The main course again has Guinea fowl, which like the crayfish is a smaller version of fowl that one would usually eat and why is the bacon German ? at this point the action round the table is starting to get heat up as the two brothers discuss what their they are there for I do wonder what Dave lamb would say as he saw the four people round the table discussing there sons actions .

choc parfait from taste the wild blog


Parfait is a hard dish to make as it takes time and care to master .Strange rather like the decisions the two brothers and the wives are making round the table if one step goes wrong the outcome will be completely wrong .Blackberries from the garden maybe shows that the politician brother needs to get back to the people and maybe have something everyone would eat like Blackberries we’ve picked up ourselves .

Well sure I’m wrong but thought a quick look at the foods the brothers and wives ate during the dinner .

Do you ever wonder about the food mentioned in books you read ?

Fellow blog tour folk


Share your thoughts online: @atlanticbooks #thedinner.

26th April Stu Allen:

winston's dad's blog

29th April Tina Hartas:

30th April – Marion McGilvary:

Pedantic Press

1st May David Hebblethwaite:

2nd May Megan Wood:

3rd May Marcia Jarnell:


25th April Alan Bowden:


tops on the blog tour .


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amateur Reader (Tom)
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:53:30

    Do you ever wonder about the food in books you read ?

    Who, me? No, never notice it. There is food in books?


    • winstonsdad
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:54:31

      Ha true got that a bit wrong thanks


    • Amateur Reader (Tom)
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:00:45

      At times I wonder if I actually focus too much on the food in books. But I always suppress those dark, destructive thoughts and resolve to write about food even more.

      There is actually a serious argument to be made about the aesthetic purpose of food in fiction, so I am not apologetic. Most fiction has insufficient food.

      “After seeing William to the last moment, Fanny walked back to the breakfast-room with a very saddened heart to grieve over the melancholy change; and there her uncle kindly left her to cry in peace, conceiving, perhaps, that the deserted chair of each young man might exercise her tender enthusiasm, and that the remaining cold pork bones and mustard in William’s plate might but divide her feelings with the broken egg-shells in Mr. Crawford’s.” (Mansfield Park, Ch, 29)


  2. Heather
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 21:31:04

    Currently reading The kitchen of half truth and it is full of food and references to food.


  3. Brian Joseph
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 16:13:50

    Those pictures are making me hungary.

    I always wonder about the food that is mentioned in books. Come to think of it I wonder about food mentioned anywhere.


  4. Violet
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 06:56:05

    Yikes. I scrolled down to the dessert bit. 🙂 I never notice when food is mentioned in books: I probably skip over those parts.


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