After a few pretty serious days, I decided to lighten up.
Kafka's Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes.
Author and illustrator Mark Crick takes 14 recipes and recasts them as stories by famous authors. Jane Austen's heroine Mrs. B--- agonizes over the social etiquette involved in serving Tarragon Eggs; Marcel Proust's narrator is taken down a road of longing and memory when drinking a cappuccino that reminds him of Tiramisu; Gabriel Garcia Marquez has a story of crime and redemption, told via Coq Au Vin; and the Marquis de Sade--well, let's just say it involves Boned Stuffed Poussins.
This isn't a bad little read. Sometime Crick hits his mark, as with his Austen and Marquez imitiations, while other times he misses entirely, as in the cringe-worthy piece which has Virginia Woolf's heroine making Clafoutis Grandmere for a poverty-stricken acquaintance.
Did I expect it to be fantastic? No. I expected a light diversion, with food, and it certainly provided that. The illustrations are an especially nice touch--oddly, though the Woolf text was my least favorite, the Woolf illustration was the best.
Back to serious reading.