Dinah Fried – Fictitious Dishes

“For most of us, the experience of reading fiction is without a doubt a sensory one. In this spirit, Fictitious Dishes embraces food as a means of transportation to the fictional worlds of some very delicious novels. Each photograph does not represent a meal exactly as it was explained by the author, rather aims to capture the essence of each novel, evoking the setting and atmosphere of the narrative. Whether or not you’ve read the books, these images should provide a little taste of what they’re like.”

Dinah Fried

Dinner with Holden
This photograph depicts a scene from J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, in which Holden Caulfield stops
at a drug store and orders a cheese sandwich and a malted after a very bad date.




Dinner with Oliver
“Please, sir, I want some more” is likely the most famous line from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, and this photograph
presents the watery gruel that the orphan, Oliver, desires.




Dinner with Lisbeth
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is not only full of violence and investigative journalism, it is full of open-faced
sandwiches and cups of coffee, and this photograph illustrates this frequently eaten combination.




Tea with Alice
The tea party scene in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland is iconic, and this photograph imagines
the details of the table top – from sugar cubes to pocket watch.




Dinner with Ishmael
This photograph is inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, which includes an entire chapter dedicated
to eating chowder – both clam and cod – at an inn called Try Pots.


More interesting projects on the artist’s website, found via Feature Shoot. Dinah Fried is a graphic designer pursuing an MFA at Rhode Island School of Design. After receiving a BA in English from Tufts University, she worked as a project manager at Pentagram Design in New York, and edited visual books at HarperCollins. Dinah is currently working on her thesis, which is about called Novel Reading.