Fictional Breakfasts


Via The Browser, at The Guardian, an odd gem of an article in which we continue to observe both The Guardian‘s fixation on Wodehouse and Wodehouse’s fixation on characterization through food:

Bertie Wooster was deeply alarmed by such behaviour, noting disapprovingly of one refusenik: “She spoke as if she belonged to an anti-sausage league, or a league for the suppression of eggs.”

How about this one?

Meticulous breakfast prep often signals violent tendencies… James Bond is a pedant at the morning meal (“his favourite meal of the day”). His routine when stationed in London, as detailed in From Russia with Love, always comprises “very strong coffee from De Bry in New Oxford Street, brewed in an American Chemex, of which he drank two large cups, black and without sugar”. Foodwise it is a speckled brown egg from a French Marans hen, boiled for exactly three and a third minutes (“it amused him to think there was such a thing as a perfect boiled egg”).

And, as a bonus, Hunter S. Thompson’s “psychic anchor”:

“four bloody marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half pound of either sausage, bacon or corned-beef hash with diced chillis…”



  1. Jan

    I always enjoyed reading the richly detailed descriptions of Christmas dinner and the splendid offerings at a Victorian market in *A Christmas Carol.* The accompanying bonhomie while dining with good friends remains universal.

    On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 6:59 AM, The Copybara

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