Serious Eats

An illustration for an article on food in fiction, written by the editors of Serious Eats. From the text:

“I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to eat anything described in a book as much as the mutton chops in Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm. The lowly chop is a symbol of lower-class Australian masculinity, and White seems to put one in every character’s hand at some point in the novel. Most of them aren’t lower-class Australian men, either—a French princess; a pair of poor, lesbian drunks; a knighted has-been actor looking to inherit a tidy sum from his dying mother. White also makes sure to describe every chop in the novel in an unappealing way: They are all over- or undercooked, invariably surrounded by bits of burnt fat—one is so gristly that the actor, when asked whether the chop he’s gnawing is inedible, quips, “You must give me time to get my teeth round it.”

Four cartoon people eating various foods