Freshly juiced oranges with Jay Gatsby, and F Scott Fitzgerald

Inspired by Nick Carraway’s observation “There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb” in Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” and a still from Jack Clayton’s 1974 film American novelist, essayist, screenwriter and short-story writer 1896-1940

Clam Chowder with Herman Melville

Inspired by this quote from Melville’s novel 1851 “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” and a still from the 1956 film adaptation “However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us. But when that smoking chowder came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh, sweet friends! hearken to me. It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt. Our appetites being sharpened by the frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favourite fishing food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we despatched it with great expedition…” American novelist, short story writer and poet 1819-1891