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Kafka's Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  417 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
I needed a table at Maxim’s, a hundred bucks, and a gorgeous blonde; what I had was a leg of lamb and no clues. I took hold of the joint. It felt cold and damp, like a coroner’s handshake. I took out a knife and cut the lamb into pieces. Feeling the blade in my hand I sliced an onion, and before I knew what I was doing a carrot lay in pieces on the slab. None of them moved ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 6th 2006 by Harcourt (first published 2005)
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May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, 2015

I am not much of a cook, and I wonder whether that is the reason it was not clear to me what are the ingredients in Mark Crick’s concoction. Is it the chicken, the mushrooms, the rice and potatoes, the garlic and tarragon, or the lamb and the cherries that he lists as needed for his conceivable mixtures? The Rösti, the Onion Tart, or the Rich Chocolate Cake, as well as the Clafoutis Grandmère, all seem edible recipes. Or is he stewing this array of menus out of writers of the stature of Mann, Ch
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο θα μπορούσε να είναι ένα ιδανικό δώρο για κάποιον φίλο σας που του αρέσει η λογοτεχνία και η μαγειρική. Συνταγές εμπνευσμένες από το έργο κλασικών συγγραφέων. Η συνταγή παίζει το δικό της ρόλο στα κειμενάκια, αλλά αυτό που με εντυπωσίασε περισσότερο είναι ότι το ύφος κάθε κειμένου ήταν αντιπροσωπευτικό του ύφους του συγγραφέα.

Έτσι, για τον Όμηρο είχαμε ένα επικό ποίημα, όπου οι θεοί κοροϊδεύουν τους Έλληνες μέχρι να σκοτώσουν το κουνέλι, για τον Χάρολντ Πίντερ ένα θεατρικό, για τον Ρέ
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
A cookbook where the recipes are written in the style of famous writers--roast lamb a la Raymond Chandler, coq au vin a la Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the title recipe, and so on. What could have been gimmicky and overbearing is actually funny and readable. Crick is better at imitating some styles than others (chocolate cake a la Irvine "Trainspotting" Welch is rich and satisfying; while scrambled eggs a la Jane Austen a bit overcooked) but generally he makes it all work. And no, I didn't try any of ...more
Diane Barnes
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The book jacket calls Mark Crick a literary ventriloquist, and if that is a new genre, then he's a master of the art. This is a nice little confection, to be enjoyed in delectable little bites, one at a time. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) If you like to cook and you like to read, as I do, this is fun to dip into. I'm even tempted to try a couple of these recipes, just to see how they turn out. Maybe Cherry Clafoutis Ala Virginia Woolf. Or the John Steinbeck version of Mushroom Risotto. Even Marcel ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very, very clever. Impressively, irritatingly, wonderfully clever.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Najzabavniji kuvar! Nisam neka kuvarica, ali ove recepte bih čak i ja probala.

Knjiga sadrži desetine recepata sa ilustracijama, a svaki je pisan u maniru različitih pisaca. Tu su Kafkini recepti u stilu ''Preobražaja'' i ''Procesa'', Stajnbekovi vrganji u stilu ''Plodova gneva'', Markiz de Sadov perverzni pristup voću i sočnom mesu.

Markesov je možda i najzabavniji jer u priči je ispovednik koji se trudi da obezbedi osuđeniku poslednju večeru pred sutrašnje pogubljenje, a osuđenik, bivši kuvar,
Бранимир Събев
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Весела и забавна книжка! Това е първото което ми идва наум, щом се сетя за "Супата на Кафка". Марк Крик е известен британски фотограф, който помежду другото е и автор.
За какво става въпрос. Авторът ни е предложил 14 готварски рецепти (повечето от които супер завъртяни), всяка една от които е представена като кратък разказ в стила на различен световноизвестен писател. Чудна идея! Мога само да поздравя Марк Крик - според мен е успял да хване точния стил на всеки един от тях. Освен това, постигнал
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I was fascinated with the unusual format of this book, so I actually bought it (and I seldom do that). I think it takes a lot of talent to grasp the most important elements of different authors' writing styles and incorporate them into short receipt stories. Very unfortunately, of all the literary works imitated in this little book I only read "The Iliad" and an excerpt from Proust's "In Search of Lost Time". Perhaps that is the reason why I could connect with "The Iliad" remake easily and enjoy ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Canadian-American impressionist and comedian Rich Little was known as "The Man of the Thousand Voices" for his remarkably ability to impersonate the sound and manner of celebrities. Perhaps even more difficult is the ability to reproduce the writing style and "voice" of well-known authors. This latter sort of mimicry is the premise of Mark Crick's first book "Kafka's Soup." What if fourteen famous authors had each written a recipe in their characteristic style? The recipes (which are real) i ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I love the underlying concept of this book--a sampler of fourteen literary and culinary pairings. Each recipe is cleverly woven into a short essay, play or poem, written in the style of a particular author (e.g. "Quick Miso Soup a la Franz Kafka"). I am fairly confident that I have successfully deciphered the basic recipe instructions; however as a novice in the kitchen (to put it nicely), I think I would find it difficult to execute many of them properly. Perhaps I will try one of the simpler e ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a clever book. Crick, a "literary ventriloquist," proffers 14 recipes, each written in the style of a major author. "The porcini lay dry and wrinkled, each slice twisted by thirst and the color of parched earth"...Steinbeck. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that eggs, kept for too long, go off. The eggs of Oakley Farm had only recently been settled in the kitchen at Somercote, but already Mrs B--- was planning a meal..."...Austen. And so on. Not all are spot on, but most are, making ...more
Markku Kesti
Pikkuhauskaa ja paikoin ihan näppärää tekstiä, jonka ideana on kirjoittaa reseptejä maailmankirjallisuuden klassikoiden tyyleillä. Paikoin kirja osuu maaliin, mutta ei tästä silti oikein ole kunnon lukukokemukseksi eikä liioin reseptikirjaksi. Sain tämän itse synttärilahjaksi ja onhan se joskus ollut mielessä, että tekisin jonkun kirjan resepteistä kuten kirjassa on kuvattu. Uskaltaako joku tarjoutua kokeilemaan millaista olisi syödä kanssani lammasta Raymond Chandlerin tyyliin?

P.S. Matille vink
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Милейшее произведение, которое было поглощено за один завтрак и половину обеда. 14 коротких рассказов-стилизаций под метров литературы. Не ожидайте ничего великолепного, и получите милое времяпреповождение.

Нуарный барашек под укропным соусом, жирный шоколадный торт Ирвина Уэлша (ах, просто прелесть читать фи в рецензиях от нэжных барышень, что впервые увидели слово "блять" в книге. Посмотрите на него еще и в рецензии), нагнетающий ризотто от Стейнбека, цыплята де Сада, в которые так много входит
Jun 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is a very strange book! This was given to me by my family for Mother's Day. Fourteen recipes for various dishes, written in the form of various authors. It helps to have read the authors' real works. The book lost its charm for me after the second story. And I doubt I'll ever try out any of the recipes, though there were one or two that looked interesting.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

The concept could have been taken farther and been better organized – either by genre or course, but still, I laughed really hard at the execution of the idea of famous authors writing recipes / stories. Raymond Chandler and Virginia Wolf were my favorite, both recipes spending a wonderful time lingering over the descriptions of the ingredients and the chief.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
This book took me an hour to read. Literally (get it, literally? Ha!). It was a fair book to read on a summer-y afternoon because I'm a) a food lover and b) a book lover. If you're neither of these things, don't bother. If you are both, expect a light, trite bit of fun.
Mark Crick "Büyük yazarlar aşçı olsaydı?" sorusundan hareketle yazdığı bu kitapta bize 14 tarif sunuyor.Çıkış noktasını çok beğendiğim bu kitaptaki favorim ise Marquez usulü "Coq au Vin".Biraz daha uzun sürmesini istemekle birlikte oldukça keyifli okuma sunduğu da bir gerçek.
Güzel fikir, hoş kitap. Bir nevi "yemekli biçem alıştırmaları".
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Приятни упражнения по стил - рецепти, написани с почерка на известни автори. Пълнените обезкостени пилета на Маркиз дьо Сад и Шоколадовата торта на Ървин Уелш ми бяха най-вкусни :)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nf
So clever! Read it for a little pick me up, perfect for the bibliophile in your life, especially if that is you.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kafkanın Çorbası, şimdiye kadar hiç okumadığım özgünlükte bir hikaye kitabı
James Towers
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, kafkas-soup
A delightful, surprising and hilarious tour of world literature through the medium of the cook book. Crick's mastery of his source material gives us note-perfect renditions of some of the greatest authors, and I for one genuinely laughed aloud at least once in every recipe. Crick approaches each writer knowledgeably and with respect; these are pastiches, not spoofs.

I made a project out of this little gem, and pledged to read the principal work of each of the authors that I hadn't yet read, so as
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: bibliophiles (gift book)
Recommended to Magdalena by: publisher
Kafka’s Soup is a cute little book which has been designed to celebrate 14 of the world’s most famous writers. The book contains real recipes written in a style that parodies the work of Raymond Chandler, Jane Austen, Franz Kafka, Irvine Welsh, Proust, Marquez, Steinbeck, Marquis de Sade, Woolf, Homer, Greene, Borges, Pinter and Chaucer. Jane Austin gives us Tarragon Eggs, Marquez provides a magical Coq au Vin. Homer cooks up Fenkata, and Graham Greene makes Vietnamese Chicken. The work is assur ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xxxbc
Sedici ricette scritte ricalcando lo stile di altrettante opere letterarie. Alcuni piatti, se non si conoscono i romanzi o gli autori di riferimento, possono risultare indigesti, ma per non rischiare di lasciarsi sfuggire qualche lieta sorpresa, magari nascosta in un ripieno o miscelata a una salsa, credo sia consigliabile concedersi almeno un assaggio di ogni capitolo.


alla maniera di Raymond Chandler

alla maniera di Jane Austen

Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Julia by: Paul George & Steffy Reader
A very fun concept, executed reasonably well. Some of the authors' voices were more amenable to being turned to descriptions of cookery with comedic effect than others (and/or Crick was more able to figure out how to do some than others). I think it worked best when he was able to take it just a little over the top, but sometimes he started to fall down the other side. In most cases, I was familiar with the author being pastiched, but not the exact work, which I think helped; when I had read the ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Grāmata, kuru es sāku lasīt pirms gada, tāpēc tas ir visilgāk lasītākais darbs manā lasīšanas pieredzē. Darbu es sāku lasīt uzreiz pēc iegādes, bet turpināju ik pa laikam visa gada laikā, ne tāpēc ka tā būtu neinteresanta vai pārāk sarežģīta. Tā vienkārši ietver sevī 14 spārnoti aprakstītas receptes, no kurām viena pat izstāstīta caur dejas rindām. Autors ir apkopojis pazīstamu cilvēku receptes, kas pasniegtas dažādu literāro žanru, izteiksmes līdzekļu pielietojumu veidā. Grāmata ir uzrakstīta r ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it

I was impressed with Crick's ability to 'impersonate' these literary figures and had a great deal of fun reading the authors whose work I was familiar with (which sadly wasn't all of them, I know I'm pathetic!).

My absolute favorite was Chocolate Cake ala Irvine Welsh, it'd been a long time since I'd read Glue, Trainspotting and If You Liked School You'll Love Work (which is one of my favorite titles), but I instantly recognized his style and the way Crick worked the recipe into it, genius.

May 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Recipes written in the style of famous authors, from Jane Austen to Raymond Chandler, Gabriel García Márquez to the Marquis de Sade. I read it more for the literary humor than the cooking advice, as I am a miserable chef. Even discounting that, I think it would be a bit of a challenge to reproduce some of these recipes, as you’d have to pick the instructions out of, say, complicated passages of Borgesian prose; I have trouble following normal cookbook instructions. Crick’s pastiches are sort of ...more
Jul 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love to eat and/or read
Shelves: satire, recipes, favorites
So I was sitting in Powell's in Portland, overwhelmed by the immensity of the store, when my eyes settled on the sole copy of, "Kafka's Soup." Evoking Warholesque images from the soupcan cover, I simply had to browse it, knowing that the combination of title and cover image was going to make for some unique premise.

I was right.

With no specific chronology in mind, Crick takes us on a gastronomic journey as literary giants might interpret them. Huh? That's right. He writes recipes as narratives i
The French translation has two recipes/novellas that aren't in the original book. This compilation of novellas in the style of with the central theme of cooking is interesting and wonderful if you have some knowledge of the author who's work is used. The novella of the title is very much in the style of despair and absurdity of Kafka's Trial. Jane Austen's Oeufs à l'Estragon is exquisite with the little touches and just sly enough to have an after taste of cynicism. I especially like the Thomas ...more
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Mark Crick is a British photographer and author, best known for his literary parodies Kafka's Soup and Sartre's Sink, in which he presents recipes and DIY tips in the style of famous literary writers.
Crick studied literature at Warwick University and the University of London.
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