Welcome, Readers and Eaters!


The Hungry Librarian, has twin passions for food and books. These are the two subjects she will never tire of discussing, analyzing, consuming, really getting her hands and intellect around. When she was small, she began combing through books looking for descriptions of strange, old-fashioned or foreign foods. These days, strolling through the farmers market prompts verbal flights of fancy while a visit to the bookstore makes her drool over the rows of books in their shiny confectionary jackets.

 But the Hungry Librarian felt out of step with the world. True, It’s been said that we are what we eat, and that reading is fundamental. But everywhere she looked it seemed like people were taking the intellectual and culinary bounty around them for granted. Why were they filling their minds and stomachs with easy, empty calories and hollow notions.  Could it be possible that thinking critically about where your meals and ideas originate has the power to enrich our experience of both? 

As an experiment, she decided to spend some time re-creating interesting or particularly enticing meals or dishes from some of her favorite books and to blog about it. with photos and recipes, plus commentary on the books, her research and the cooking process. All this is in hopes that appetizing prose and tasty-looking photos can get people really excited about good books and the wonderful tastes or thoughts that they inspire  
The literature in question will range in subject, era,  geography and format. But the one thing they will have in common is the kind of food writing that grabs an especially avid (or hungry) reader by the tongue and leaves them salivating for an answer to the burning question “What DOES that taste like?!?”

The Hungry Librarian’s interests and appetites are voracious, so expect feasts based on everything fromclassics, popular lit, modern literary fiction, biographies, histories, to children’s books and possibly even (gasp!) graphic novels! Full meals and individual dished will be drawn from both fiction and non-fiction books. Typically, cookbooks or even books where the recipe is too clearly spelled out, will not be used, as part of the concept is to research the recipes and origins of foods involved.
This process is definitely open to reader suggestions for books with particularly good “food moments” to check out and possibly use as material. So if you can think of something intriguing, send an email to:
There’s only one caveat: if your suggestion is picked, you must come dine with The Hungry Librarian!

Part of this project will be creating regularly scheduled tasting parties, to which The Hungry Librarian is extending an open invitation for readers in the NYC Metro area. Ideally each tasting event will have 2-6 participants who are not shy about extending honest quotable comments or possibly appearing in photos on the site.
Absolutely NO payment is requested for your participation at a tasting party, though it would be best if you are conversant with the book, or at least familiar with the passage that’s being re-created.  This is an offer of free food and fun company in the name of something like art. If you have any kind of related interest like photography, web-design, visual arts, culinary skill, literary insight, etc, and want to pitch in on the creative process, your input is very welcome. So please email or comment with your thoughts and suggestions!

Published on September 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hey there HL – how about Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    • I love Indian food. It could be a great opprotunity to dig into a new set of cooking techniques! Thanks for the tip! I’ll check out the book this week.

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