Almost 200 years after her death, Jane Austen’s writings are still a hot commodity. Her original novels such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Persuasion” are still well-read and loved. Her books have been turned into movies and have inspired modern retellings like “Clueless.” New fiction inspired by Austen novels is published frequently (“Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “The Jane Austen Book Club” come to mind, but there are dozens more), and now there’s a Jane Austen-inspired cookbook being released next month.
“Dinner with Mr. Darcy” by Pen Vogler gets its inspiration from Austen’s novels and personal letters. The Telegraph mentions that Vogler reread all the Austen novels and combed through her letters to find mentions of foods, and then she found authentic period recipes for those foods.
I have to admit, I’m not a big Austen fan, so this book doesn’t hold much interest for me, but I know that she has a huge following and I imagine the book will do well — especially since it’s being released right before the holidays.
But I have been known to cook meals inspired by fiction — usually from movies or TV. I’ve made ratatouille that looks like the version in the movie “Ratatouille” and fish fingers and custard inspired by “Doctor Who.” (My kids requested both.)
Would you cook from “Dinner with Mr. Darcy” or have you ever created a meal inspired by a book or movie?
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