August 26th, 2010

What Would Hemingway Eat?


Ernest Hemingway and Sloppy Joe with catch of marlin in Key West.
State Archives of Florida

Fresh figs and ham, and mackerel and snipe. Kingfish and amberjack, avocados with lime. Gin and tonic, absinthe and wine.

Those are some of the items on the Ernest Hemingway menu created by Littoral, the blog of the Key West Literary Seminar. Pretty neat, right? Blog author Arlo Haskell goes through the letters of literary figures to create a menu based on what the writers liked to eat in Key West. Yesterday’s post featured the menu of Wallace Stevens, which includes wild doves, conch chowder and mangoes dressed with white wine, sugar and lime juice.

The Key West Literary Seminar explores a different literary theme every January. In 2011, that theme is food and some of today’s best food writers will come to Key West to speak at one of the two four-day seminars. We’re talking Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Gold, Michael Ruhlman, Frank Bruni, Molly O’Neill and Judith Jones. How often do you get to hear all of these writers speak at the same place? Key West in January is sounding really good.

The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature

(The 29th Annual Key West Literary Festival)

When: January 6-9 & 13-16, 2011

Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West, Florida

Price: $495 per four-day session, includes food & drink.

Register here.

Writers’ Workshop Program

When: January 9-13, 2011

Where: Multiple locations

Price: $400 – $450

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3 Responses to “What Would Hemingway Eat?”

  1. What a great post! Thanks for sharing. Do you think you’ll be going?

  2. I’m definitely going! I couldn’t resist.

  3. I love this Paula. Thanks for sharing. :)

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