Kafka’s Soup

Kafka's Soup

Kafka's Soup

Kafka’s Soup is a literary pastiche in the form of a cookbook. It contains 14 recipes each written in the style of a famous author from history.
Recipes include:
tiramisu as made by Proust,
cheese on toast by Harold Pinter,
clafoutis grandmere by Virginia Woolf,
chocolate cake prepared by Irvine Welsh,
lamb with dill sauce by Raymond Chandler,
onion tart by Chaucer, fenkata (rabbit stew) by Homer,
boned stuffed poussins by the Marquis de Sade,
mushroom risotto by John Steinbeck,
tarragon eggs by Jane Austen,
Vietnamese chicken by Graham Greene
and Kafka’s Miso soup.
Also included are recipes in the style of Jorge Luis Borges
and Gabriel García Márquez.

As of 2007,Kafka’s Soup had been translated into 18 languages and published in 27 countries. The Croatian translation proved more popular than the Da Vinci Code, forcing it in to second place on the country’s best seller list. Each recipe in the French version was translated by a separate translator specialising in the translation of the works of the parodied author.

I just borrowed this book in the library and I’m looking forward to reading it & am curious about the recipes!

4 Comments to “Kafka’s Soup”

  1. I adore the fact that the Croatian translation was more popular than the Da Vinci Code – going to find it now!

  2. That’s some serious literary street cred, right there. Will be interested to know your review after reading…

  3. Hey hey! Great story, will look out for the book immediately! Thanks for sharing that :-)
    Truely something “unique” about the Croats, right :-) Espcially a mushroom rissotto by Steinbeck sounds promising!

  4. Many people don’t understand how important it is to get a good translator – it can make or break a story. The fact so much effort was put into perserving the sense of the book makes me even more curious to read it.

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