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Stephen King: Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

This week, the internet has been embroiled in debate about “literary elitism,” but that same highbrow disdain for lowbrow tastes isn’t just confined …

Mary Shelley: Kale and Fried Egg Tartine

With the polar vortex hitting New York and my Californian disregard for warm coats, it was bound to happen: I am sick. Not sick enough to be …

Honoré de Balzac: Ukrainian Black Bread

You might have seen the title of this post and had an immediate disconnect. Balzac and Ukrainian black bread? Wasn’t he more of a baguette kind of a …

Zora Neale Hurston: Chicken Consommé

“So, what’s your backup plan?”<p>Everyone who lusts after a job in some creative field runs into this inevitable question. When I was 10, I told my …

Charles Dickens: Apples à la Princesse

Thinking of Dickensian food conjures up two extremes – the stuffed goose and figgy pudding feast of <i>A Christmas Carol</i> and the sad gruel rations of</i> …

Sylvia Plath: Lemon Pudding Cakes

Is it taboo to write about baking and Sylvia Plath? When I told a friend what I was cooking this week, his face froze in a half-smile. “Oh, um, ha! …

The Cocktail Hour: Oscar Wilde

If I’m having a drink on a typical day, I’ll probably spring for a martini. On a tough one, give me a bourbon on the rocks. But when I’m feeling …

Truman Capote: Italian Summer Pudding

How long can you last before thinking about what to cook for dinner? It’s a rare occasion when I make it past lunch. Usually by my morning commute, …

Ernest Hemingway: Bacon-Wrapped Trout with Corn Cakes

Were you expecting a stiff cocktail? Fresh marlin? Braised wildebeest? Ernest Hemingway has become such a legendary character, it’s hard to think of …

Agatha Christie: Fig and Orange Scones with Devonshire Cream

Certain foods defy any attempt at portion control. Think chocolate chips, or those disturbingly addictive pretzel pieces that <i>must</i> be flavored with …

Beatrix Potter: Gingerbread Cookies

Among all children’s authors I loved growing up, Beatrix Potter always seemed the most wholesome by far. My favorite books were the eyebrow raisers: …

George Orwell: Treacle Tart

Imagine this: It’s a Sunday night, the end of a long weekend full of gift shopping, cookie baking, and fun-but-exhausting holiday merrymaking. You …

The Cocktail Hour: Edgar Allan Poe

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, April is not the cruelest month. That honor belongs to January. After a month of presents, family merriment, chocolate …

Of Books and Cooks: 5 Lessons from Year 1

In January 2012, I started Paper and Salt. The past year brought a lot of new things: new jobs, new friends, new recipes, new books, new travels. But …

Virginia Woolf: Cottage Loaf

Every time I get discouraged by writing, I engage in a bit of schadenfreude, and soothe myself with the frustrations of others. “I write two pages of …

Franz Kafka: Potato Mushroom Soup

Another year, another fad diet. Every January, we’re told to go Paleo, go South Beach, go Atkins. It’s a culinary labyrinth that has existed for …

Jane Austen: Brown Butter Bread Pudding Tarts

Even when you love to cook, there are those times when it would be nice to have just a <i>little</i> help: when you promised to make something for the office …

D.H. Lawrence: Polenta with Sausage Ragù

One hundred years ago, D.H. Lawrence was awaiting the publication of what would become his most famous (and most controversial) novel. <i>Sons and Lovers</i> …

Marquis de Sade: Molten Chocolate Espresso Cake with Pomegranate

I have always been semi-mortified about special requests in restaurants. Meg Ryan’s orders in <i>When Harry Met Sally</i> still fill me with third-party …

Alexandre Dumas: Purple Potato Salad with Spring Onion Pesto

After you decide you want to be a writer, the problem becomes what to write <i>about.</i> Every subject seems to come with a prepackaged identity: the …

Anton Chekhov: Blini Stack with Honey Orange Filling

One month from now, I’m going on a “big trip” – the kind of major vacation you typically put off until the time is right, or the airfare goes down, …

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Prohibition Ale

With the internet awash in Gatsby-themed gin rickey and mint julep recipes, F. Scott Fitzgerald has recently reasserted his reputation as “America’s …

James Joyce: Rigatoni Con Stracotto

I read <i>Ulysses</i> in my first year of college, armed with a “European Literary Tradition” class syllabus and a book of annotations that was nearly as …

Katherine Mansfield: Orange Soufflé with Sherry Syrup

<i>Note: I’ve never had a guest post on P&S belore, but when Aimee Gasston told me about the unpublished recipes she found in Katherine Mansfield’s</i> …

Jamaica Kincaid: Cheddar-Leek Corn Pudding

I’ve always been encouraged by late bloomers, since I long harbored the secret, desperate hope I might be one of them. I read Jamaica Kincaid’s short …

Marcel Proust: Quick Croissants with Coffee Glaze

You were waiting for this, right? Authors and food equals Proust and madeleines. It’s arguably the most recognizable culinary pairing in literature, …

Susan Sontag: Pizza Margherita

There’s something about summer that brings out our inner procrastinator: Temperature goes up; productivity goes down. Everyone bemoans the challenge …

Roald Dahl: Frozen Homemade Kit-Kat Cake

As I was growing up, no book did more to encourage my incipient interest in dessert than <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>. Willy Wonka’s world …

Thomas Pynchon: Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos

As a Californian living in New York City, I’ve learned there are two things that lead to inevitable disappointment: walking without an umbrella in …

The Cocktail Hour: Carson McCullers

If you’ve ever lived with roommates, you know that the kitchen can be a dangerous place—and not because of the sharp objects. Battles in the tiny …