《Fictitious Dishes》:想和這些世界文學名著,一起吃頓飯

對許多熱愛閱讀的人來說,能走進小說裡,走在那些大亨小傳浪漫的街道上,吃海明威風格的晚餐,如果能過一回書中角色的人生,那一定是一件夢寐以求的事情吧!

這可能也是美國設計師兼作家 Dinah Fried 的願望之一,熱愛文學和藝術的她,在就讀藝術學院期間,就開始著手「設計」出世界名著中的餐點,她會根據書中的時空環境、人物背景去想像出這些名著的餐點樣貌,還會配合書中的情節搭配餐桌,例如在《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》的餐桌上就藏有紅心皇后的撲克牌和兔子先生的懷表……

1、《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》( ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND )

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‘Have some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.”

掉進兔子洞中的愛麗絲,被邀請到兔子先生參加瘋狂的下午茶聚會,Dinah Fried 設計了一張精緻鄉村風格的餐桌,有古典的瓷盤、蕾絲桌布,還有一杯下午茶。仔細一看裡面還藏有紅心皇后的撲克牌及兔子先生的懷表。

 

2、《麥田捕手》( THE CATCHER IN THE RYE )

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“When I’m out somewhere, I generally just eat a Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk . It isn’t much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H. V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.”

徬徨的胡登被學校退學了,這張年輕學生的餐桌上面,只有最簡單的三明治、奶茶、咖啡。吃完這餐的胡登,也許城裡閒晃溜冰,也許會有一個挫敗的約會,也許又是無處可去的一天,我想他在吃這頓早餐時,心裡也是充滿了五味雜陳的複雜感覺吧。

 

3、《大亨小傳》( THE GREAT GATSBY )

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“On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.”

1920 年代的美國,經濟飛速發展,流行爵士樂、輕佻文化、販賣私酒、犯罪率高。從右下角散落的珍珠項鍊、左上角微微露出的金湯匙、滿桌精緻擺設過的餐點,讓我們可以一窺百萬富翁蓋茲比的餐桌,不過這大概只是前菜的餐桌一角吧,永遠喝不完的酒杯餐桌還沒出現!

 

4、《變形記》(THE METAMORPHOSIS)

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“There were old, half-rotten vegetables; bones from the evening meal, covered in white sauce that had gone hard; a few raisins and almonds; some cheese that Gregor had declared inedible two days before; a dry roll and some bread spread with butter and salt….”

一天起床就發現自己完完全全變成一隻大甲蟲的主角,竟然發現自己也開始喜歡吃腐爛的食物了…..Dinah Fried 設計了這張堆滿廚餘的照片,這個令人作嘔的餐桌,似乎也和卡夫卡一起在反思令人感到「噁心」的是醜陋的外型,還是醜陋的人性?

 

5、《海蒂》( HEIDI)

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“The kettle soon began to boil, and meanwhile the old man held a large piece of cheese on a long iron fork over the fire, turning it round and round till it was toasted a nice golden yellow color on each side. Heidi watched all that was going on with eager curiosity.”

我想大家比較熟悉的,應該是根據《海蒂》這本世界名著改編的卡通《阿爾卑斯山的少女》,這是純樸善良的小女孩海蒂,在阿爾卑山上和爺爺共享早餐的畫面,溫暖的木質桌子,新鮮的羊奶,光只是看著這張照片,我就能感受到一種簡單美好的幸福。

 

6、《龍紋身的女孩》( THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO)

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“She improvised bandages and covered the wound with a makeshift compress. Then she poured the coffee and handed him a sandwich. ‘I’m really not hungry,’ he said. ‘I don’t give a damn if you’re hungry. Just eat,’ Salander commanded, taking a big bite of her own cheese sandwich.”

莎蘭德一邊替男主角布隆維斯特包紮傷口,一邊桌上擺放的簡單早餐,這樣簡單俐落的餐點和餐桌擺設,是否也非常符合兩人冷靜的個性特質呢?

 

7、《追憶似水年華》(SWANN’S WAY)

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“One day in winter, as I came home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, suggested that, contrary
to my habit, I have a little tea. I refused at first and then, I do not know why, changed my mind. She sent for one of those squat, plump cakes called petites madeleines…”

這部經典的意識流小說,擅長描述細節和感覺,男主角就曾經形容,將瑪德蓮蛋糕浸泡在茶水中吃的味道,會使他想起他童年時在萊奧妮姨媽家裡的回憶。20世紀初,法國的上流社會很流行這種精緻不艷的午茶聚會。

 

無意間發現的這本攝影集 Fictitious Dishes 讓我重新回味了一次閱讀這些作品時的美好悸動,還不知道該從哪一本世界名著下手的人,也可以先挑一張喜歡的餐桌,然後……或許你就可以選到一本最符合你口味的書!

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